I have the pleasure (sometimes challenge) of working with fourth and fifth-grade students who are at the top of each of their homeroom classes. All of my students participate in a two-way immersion Dual Language program, which means they learn ALL content areas in English and Spanish. Their brains are not only geared to perform academically, but they are also wired to make connections in Math, Science, Social Studies, Reading, and Writing between the two languages. Even though they are two grade levels apart, they all have one thing in common:
They are already 21st Century learners and are beyond paper and pencil activities.
They are an energetic and inquisitive group of students who require engaging and challenging activities. In order to keep their attention, my lessons must incorporate a variety of instructional strategies and technology, hence the challenge. I am constantly seeking ways to pull the knowledge they possess by providing them opportunities to show what they know verbally, on paper, or digitally. I love working with these students. They are forcing me to think outside the box and become extremely creative with my lessons while at the same time, honing my teaching craft.
Do you know what the most frustrating thing about teaching Math is? It is getting students to show their problem-solving strategies, or as we tell them "Show your work!" My students already have access to iPads on a one-to-one basis. The Apple Pencils will complement their Math learning beyond the use of iPads for playing games, watching videos, and recording themselves. Because my students are fourth and fifth-graders, they require extra motivation to show their work and their thinking.
What a better way to get students excited about showing what they know than by incorporating the latest technology, Apple Pencils.
With these Apple Pencils, I plan on incorporating a variety of challenging, engaging, and interactive Math activities during which they will show their problem-solving strategies and thinking process. I believe that this is the perfect solution to moving away from paper-pencil activities. My students are more than ready for a change and challenge. I know that these Apple Pencils will stir their interest in excelling in Math.
P.S. An added bonus, my students will not stress over not having an eraser or a sharpened pencil!
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