My students need 25 headphones to listen to math tutorials as they work independently on demonstrating mastery of Math Standards.
With an emphasis on individualized learning and performance rather than competition and grades, my students have an additional math course that uses technology to close gaps in their understanding of math. The hardware lasts longer than the media accessories however,so replacements are needed.
My students are a lively group of young teens who attend a regional 7th and 8th grade Jr High School situated a few miles outside of an urban setting.
Students from both towns, about 320 in all, funnel into this one school prior to entering high school. All students from this state who attend a public high school are required by law to pass standardized achievement tests by 10th grade, so closing any gaps in their understanding of math is essential. My classes provide an additional 1/2 year of math that is technology and standards based. Like most teens, they enjoy being with their friends and talking, so providing opportunities for them to collaborate on problem-solving and to provide feedback to one another benefits all. Allowing students to be involved in their learning helps to keep them motivated and engaged. The web-based site used for this class allows students to work outside of school as well using the Internet.
As my students work through the Core Curriculum Standards in math, headphones allow students to watch videos and listen to tutorials independently. I am available to facilitate whenever a student needs clarification or a more detailed explanation of the concept. As they demonstrate their understanding of the math standards, they compile a portfolio that "shows" what they know and are able to do in math. This is their working portfolio that will be a part of their final assessment.
As in our daily lives, technology provides us with resources based on our needs and interests.
That is what I am trying to do in my classroom. I base my "instruction" on the needs of my students. For these students to have individualized instruction, they need their own working environment. Headphones reduces the distraction of other students, allowing for more focused learning.
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