Click! Boosting Self Confidence in Earth Science Students
The cost of an Olympus digital camera is $336, including shipping and <a target="new" href="http://www.donorschoose.org/html/fulfillment.htm" onclick="g_openWindow('http://www.donorschoose.org/html/fulfillment.htm', 300, 800, 'fulfillwindow');return false;">fulfillment</a>.
This project expired on June 7, 2008.
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Starting this year Franklin County in North Carolina has implemented a new program called the 'graduation project' in which all freshmen will have to create and complete an independent research project by their senior year. As an Earth Science teacher I teach 86 freshmen, all of which will be expected to come up with a project topic during their high school careers. Therefore, I feel it is my responsibility to start helping them acquire research and oral presentation skills.
As a result, I am requiring all my students to complete an "End of the Year Earth Science project," in which they are to pick a topic that we had covered at some point during the semester, further research the content (outside of the textbook) and present it in any format they chose (i.e. poster, song, illustration, play, etc.) in front of the class during the last 2 weeks of the semester.
The most useful tool for helping the students fine-tune their oral skills would be a video camera. This way students would learn to be comfortable not only being in front of a live audience, but also in front of a camera, and would allow me to review their presentation with the student and come up suggestions for future presentations.
I think by having the opportunity to video tape my students working I could greatly help them become more aware of their language (many of my students speak very informally) but also improve their inherent self-consciousness as first-semester high school students. I want my students to graduate from Earth Science with not only a competent grasp on the content, but also a confidence in their abilities.
I have asked for a digital camera because it gives me an excellent tool for video taping my students when they make their end-of-the-year projects (and quite frankly, with the camera I would definitely film my students in other situations, such as showing taping their disruptive behavior in class and showing it to them later as a means of feedback) and also allow me to take still pictures of my students on a regular basis working in the classroom.
I have talked to my students about getting a camera for the classroom and all of them respond with sincere enthusiasm. They are proud of their work and want it documented for themselves and their families. Therefore, I am asking Donors Choose to allow me the chance to bring this opportunity to my students.
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