Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Teacher Spotlight: More Great Math Practices

Teacher Spotlight: Ms. Susan Parker 6th/7th Grade Math

In our next addition of Teacher Spotlight we have Ms. Parker who is a part of Team Storm.  They are a split 6th/7th grade team.  In this addition we see how she uses Interactive Notebooks to enhance student learning.

 

The Questions asked:
What the students are doing? 

     An Interactive Notebook is a method to assist students with organization and to develop ownership of their learning. Students take teacher guided notes and conduct their own independent learning in a very methodical manner that incorporates their own creativity.  Students are highlighting key components to successfully completing the Order of Operations. Another students is adding his own personal touches to remembering the correct order to solving an equation.

What you hope they accomplish by this activity?
    My hope is that students will develop an appreciation and have pride in their learning all while unbeknownst to them, they are solidifying the process of solving a problem correctly.

How did this tie to your standards?
     This activity ties to 6th grade math standards in which students are communicating an understanding of math concepts and in this particular case, an understanding and the relationship between integers.
Standard 6-1: Students will demonstrate an understanding of the 
academic standards and accompanying indicators 
through problem solving, reasoning and proof, 
communication, connections and representations. 

Standard 6-2: Through the process standards students will 
demonstrate an understanding of operations on fractions 
and decimals, a beginning understanding of ratio and 
rate, integers, and the use of exponential notation to 
represent whole numbers. 

How did this promote student learning?

     Interactive notebooks promote student learning in such a way where students take pride in what they have learned and their notebook becomes a resource for students to reflect back and review key concepts that have been taught.


Lesson Two

What the students are doing? 
     Students have been learning about different types of numbers and we have spent a lot of time learning about integers (positive and negative numbers), and in particular learning about adding and subtracting integers.  This is a difficult concept for students to learn.  Through the process we have taken notes, learned a rap (some danced), created stories, and real-life ways to remember the "rules" for adding and subtracting integers.  A more creative method is illustrated in the pictures where some students worked in cooperative groups and developed their own visual for remembering the rules for adding and subtracting integers.  A different class worked independently to develop their method of remembering.

What you hope they accomplish by this activity?

    My hope is that by creating their own twist on the various avenues we have practiced, the students will be able to recall their project when dealing with integers.

How did this tie to your standards?

     The sixth grade math standard for understanding integers is covered in this activity.
Standard 6-1: Students will demonstrate an understanding of the 
academic standards and accompanying indicators 
through problem solving, reasoning and proof, 
communication, connections and representations. 

Standard 6-2: Through the process standards students will 
demonstrate an understanding of operations on fractions 
and decimals, a beginning understanding of ratio and 
rate, integers, and the use of exponential notation to 
represent whole numbers. 

How did this promote student learning?
     Students are able to apply their own spin for adding and subtracting integers.  Different learning styles are exhibited in the final products.

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