I want to use a variety of approaches to engage
students with the content and to encourage active student participation.
Rationale: I need to experiment with approaches that are interesting to students. If students are hooked by the content then it is easier to keep their attention and focus. In order to create an environment that fosters learning, students must feel involved in their learning process.
Technology integration using an interactive whiteboard SMARTboard lesson. Visuals, images, video
Role-play activities including props and mock trials or voting.
Reading strategies (chunking, read-write-pair-share, bump reading, teacher reading)
Read-write-share in pairs, group, class
Ask students what they are interested in with exit slips and incorporate ideas into successive lessons
Engage imagination using writing prompts of topic, character, setting, theme
Every time reading
- Create notebook file and include in lesson plan at least once a week
- Lesson plans include role play activities
- Teacher reflections of lesson plan effectiveness. Have scale of how interested students were, can use exit slips of students rating interest of content.
- Teacher checklist or scale of student focus and attention in class
- Student self-assessments, KWL, exit slips
- Participation by all students using popsicle stick method
- Week 1: social studies introduction to ancient Athens, LA writing- Weeks 2-5 include science and math hands-on activities and games
Goal: I want to experiment with differentiated learning using a variety
of approaches on a regular basis.
Rationale: To create a student-centered learning process, I must provide students with opportunities for active participation and understanding that is valid for each student’s abilities and learning strategies.
Hands-up class discussion for formative assessment
Jigsaw – expert groups, professor know-it-all
Week 1- experiment with role playing activities and formative assessment of activities using exit slips and hands-up checks
Week 2- develop differentiated approach to teaching mathematics order of operations BEDMAS
Week 3- develop differentiated lessons for science Evidence and Investigation
Weeks 4&5- experiment with ways to gently get students with
behavioral problems and special needs involved and learning the material
Students interested in activity measured by participation and exit slips
Reflections on whether or not the strategy worked
Review the next day if students still remember what they learned the previous lesson
Lesson plans with hands-on activities
Products that special needs students finish to demonstrate work