I was blown away this summer when Brent Davis shared his research about teacher knowledge and that a teacher having high level mathematics courses doesn’t make them a better math teacher. When I heard that one of our courses over the summer was on metaphors in mathematics, I panicked. I didn’t see at all how… Continue reading Mathematical Understanding of Teachers
In grade 8, students study the Renaissance in Humanities and Mechanical Systems in Science. To bring these two ideas together, we decided to teach these units of study at the same time. Yesterday students began their inquiry into a chosen inventor from the Renaissance and the invention they created. Students will be tracing their invention… Continue reading The Leaving Footprints Project
To begin our unit on Surface Area and to review the concept of area, students were given a bag of irregular shaped objects, string and 1-centimeter square grid paper. With these materials students were asked to determine, as accurately as possible, the area of each of the irregular shaped objects. Students were challenged to figure… Continue reading The Meaning of Area
It’s been a really long time since we’ve talked, sorry about that! It turns out teaching junior high has been quite the experience. Up until now I have had the pleasure of teaching grade 3 and high school science, this being my first paid job also turned out to be my first experience in junior… Continue reading It’s been a while
As part of my internship, we are to complete a professional development project. For my University Consultant, he has asked us to take this project one step further and perform a research project, of sorts. My original plan for this project was to engage both my SCI 10 and CHEM 20 classes in blogging. The… Continue reading Learning through Inquiry
Yesterday at our staff meeting we talked about the goals and vision for Foothills Composite High School/Alberta High School of Fine Arts. We will engage learners through: Student voice & choice Ownership of learning Reflecting on their role as a learner Involving them in the assessment process (beginning to end) It is apparent in this… Continue reading How will your students grow this year?
In this module we discussed the different facets of research and it’s importance in education. Many students leave High School with a primitive understanding of the logistics of research. We need to make it a focus as educators to model more effective research practices for our students, so that they leave our classrooms prepared for… Continue reading Research: It Has It’s Place In K-12 Education
My Teaching Philosophy has always been a working document, and it certainly still is. This morning, I sat down and really reflected on what teaching and learning meant to me and gave my Philosophy a complete facelift. Before the words were there but did not accurately depict my beliefs because it felt so rigid. My… Continue reading My Teaching Philosophy: A True Reflection
I have always known that kinesthetic activities was crucial to student learning, it was evident way back when I was a student in grade school (and even still today as a university student). Throughout my university courses the theory was discussed at length, it’s application was seen often in my Grade 3 placement for PSI… Continue reading Using Kinesthetics to Reach Students and Improve their Learning
Well, I can now say I have taken my first high school science (CHEM 20 – Chemical Bonding) unit to completion! I have learned a lot! One interesting thing about teaching a unit for the first time is that I get to see the students learning increase throughout the unit, but I’m right there with… Continue reading Bonding has come to a close!