My students are bright and talented. As middle schoolers,they thrive using technology, but appreciate when we do math on paper. Some of our students commute from an hour away to attend our charter school. My students choose to attend our school and I want to provide the best experience possible for them. My students are, by far, the best part of teaching.
We're trying to utilize best teaching practices, including scientifically proven inquiry based learning.
This strategy is new to our students, and we're seeing more and more anxiety in our students these days. For some of our students, it's hard for them to share ideas with peers and talk about math in front of the class. Discourse is a must with this learning model and our cutting edge curriculum.
Our charter has an emphasis on fine arts and technology. We also have an excellent special ed department. We have students who are uber talented in musical theatre, ballet, orchestra, robotics, coding, digital media, music production and more. We're a title 1 school and seem to attract students from the extremes of academic skill level. If I teach to the middle, I'm reaching a very small percentage of my students.
Inquiry based learning is a student centered approach to education. Math students learn new skills working together and explaining their methods. This type of instruction teaches students conceptually instead of procedurally. Learning conceptually increases retention and mastery of skills needed to solve new problems on their own. We're committed to teaching math using this active learning approach.
The biggest challenge with inquiry based learning is getting students to want to share their ideas about math.
Most of my students are either shy, afraid to make a mistake, think it's not cool, or just want to get the answer from the 2 students that do like to talk about math. I've come across some great ideas to increase the discourse with my students. With a new Ipad air I can easily share students work on our smartboard. I've seen this activity alone raise student motivation, they want their work displayed when it's good! It's proven that tablets increase engagement and motivation. The Ipad Air will work great with the my school Macbook.
In this day and age teachers have to create two curriculums, in-person and online. We've been lucky at my school to stay in-person since the start of the 2020 2021 school year. Our biggest challenge has been quarantines and absences. I feel like my online curriculum is solid. Everything students need is available to them when an unexpected absence comes up. Whether it's one day or two weeks, my students have access to their math lessons. I record a lot of instructional videos using a doc camera. The biggest complaint from students is that my camera isn't very good. With a new high definition camera my students will be able to see my work better and we can start closing the gaps caused by the last couple of years!
Apple 10.9-inch iPad Air Wi-Fi - 4th generation - tablet - 256 GB - 10.9'
• Best Buy Education
IPEVO DO-CAM Creator's Edition Portable & Compact Ultra HD 8MP USB Camera for Professional Visual Presentations and Communication Webcam for Conference Calls, Distance Learning, Remote Work.
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