Artifact 1: The following are two lessons I planned for our Algebra 1 class. The first is a lesson on simplifying radicals which built upon an earlier lesson on quadratic equations. In our group work, I had the students 'Pass the Paper' as a way to keep the students working together as a group, exchanging information with each other and also making sure they were all staying on the same problem. In this activity each student works on the same problem and discusses the answer with the others in the group. If they agree upon the answer, they can pass the paper to their neighbor and work on the next problem. The variety of this activity with the teacher floating between the groups can facilitate cooperative group learning. In the second lesson, we tried some hands on activities to use trig ratios to measure the height of a wall. We used tape measures to measure distance from the wall along the floor and clinometers to measure the angle of elevation to the top of the wall. The students could then use the TAN trig ratio to calculate the height of the wall. This lesson brought in a variety of tools and concepts to model how to solve a problem in real life situations.
Artifact 2: As a teacher, you must use a variety of tools and be able to keep them from being the show. The two lessons represented here were for vectors and the XYZ coordinate plane. I used the SmartBoard for the vector lesson and was able to demonstrate moving the vectors by cloning them and showing how they can stay parallel while keeping the same length or being equal. The use of the SmartBoard was not so much of a WOW factor for this lesson, but a great way to keep the lesson flowing without having to keep drawing while keeping the students waiting. In discussing the XYZ coordinate plane in 3D, we not only demonstrated it, but we had the students work within the XYZ plane by stretching string from each wall to the opposite side and also from the ceiling to the floor. We moved an object within the plane and had students report the position. We also had students put objects in the plane by giving them coordinates. The next step was to draw rectangular prisms on paper in a 3D representation. After students voiced some difficulty, I grabbed a box and held it up along the strings to mirror what I had drawn on the whiteboard. This demonstrates how you can use everyday objects to bolster your lesson.
Artifact 3: This is a video of a review for a chapter test. I used the SmartBoard to play a game of Jeopardy with the students. The students enjoyed the interactive nature of the board and also the music that accompanied each selection. Students like to touch and engage technology which they could do with this lesson.