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Journal Entry

June 16, 2008

This morning, we created out websites with Ms. Coleman. She was very informative and exciting. I learned how to build my own personal site and upload and publish my assignments. I really enjoyed being able to work with technology for such an extended period of time today. From my experience with building my own personal website, I am now more computer literate and more creative.

Later, we selected topics in Algebra and formulated and presented a lesson from the topic. I chose the topic of solving equations. In presenting my lesson, I explained the steps of solving equations: adding and/or subtracting numbers and variables on both sides of the equations in order to get x by itself. I was very specific in my teaching. My colleagues did a great job of teaching their lessons on finding the greatest common factor, polynomials, integers, rations, word problems and fractions.

Next year, I will make sure I use familiar terminology when creating word problems. I will also implement some of the teaching styles that my colleagues used when teaching their lessons.

An assessment for the lesson on websites will be to have us create another website on our own and upload information and publish it. An assessment for the lesson in which we presented a lesson would be to present another lesson, but teach it in at least two different kind of ways. I will share everything I learned today with my colleagues and those in the district.




Journal Entry

June 17, 2008

Dr. Montgomery presented a lesson on pedagogy. She discussed different learning styles, such as auditory, kinesthetic, visual, and tactile. She continued with explaining Howard Gardner's Multiple Intelligences, which are linguistic, logical-mathematical, musical, bodily-kinesthetic, spatial, interpersonal, intrapersonal, natural, spiritual, and existential. She also discussed the common types of objectives, which involve three domains: the psychomotor domain, the affective domain, and the cognitive domain.

Later, Mrs. White presented a PowerPoint of Bloom's Mathematical Concepts. It involved some effective instructional strategies, some math statistics, and some indicators of effective teaching. In addition, my colleagues continued in presenting their Algebra lessons. It was one of these presentations that helped me the most today. One of my colleagues presented her lesson with so much enthusiasm and zeal, that everyone in the room was motivated to learn what she was teaching and excited about learning it. I learned from her that if I am energized and excited about presenting my lesson, then my students will be more attentive and interested in what I have to say.

Next year, I will be more excited and enthused when teaching. I will also implement some of the effective instructional strategies Mrs. White discussed, such as using more cooperative learning and more note-taking. The lesson with Dr. Montgomery could be assessed by having us to create lesson plans integrating several learning styles, multiple intelligences, and all of the common types of objectives. I will definitely share what I learned today with my colleagues and those in the district.




Journal Entry

June 18, 2008

Today, I presented my empirical research article on mathematics disabilities. I learned a great deal after researching this article. Other participants presented their philosophies of education.

Later, Mrs. White provided an activity in which we drew a 4 x 4 table and had to arrange the numbers 1-16 in the table to come up with a sum of 34 when added horizontally, vertically, and diagonally. This activity really caused us to do a lot of guessing and checking. Then, my group presented out PowerPoint lesson on matrices. We presented each section of our lesson plan. Our audience was most pleased with the guided practice activity in which the participants split up into two teams and raced to compute matrices.

The lesson that my group presented today helped me the most. The presentation allowed me to see some of my weaknesses when teaching a lesson. Now, I know how to strengthen the way I teach lessons.

Next year, I will be able to present lessons with confidence and my lessons will be more interesting, such as the lesson I presented on matrices. An assessment that could be used to evaluate the lesson on matrices could be to have individuals add, subtract, and multiply matrices by writing, and my demonstration using manipulatives. I plan on sharing my lesson plan on matrices with my colleagues and those in my district.




Journal Entry

June 19, 2008

Some of my colleagues presented their lesson on number sense today. They had a very intriguing lesson. Their pre-test on fractions was age-appropriate. I would love to be in their classroom to construct the poster board activity that was in their lesson.

The other group of presents did an excellent job as well. They provided informative worksheets and handouts. They were very detailed in their lesson and well knowledgeable of their content.

Later, we met with Mrs. White and took a test on algebraic expressions. The test consisted of a variety of Algebraic components, such as prime factorization, solving systems of equations, percentages, inequalities, word problems, slope intercept, exponents, factoring, polynomials, and angles.

Both lessons from the presenters today helped me. They gave me creative ways to introduce my lessons. Next year, I will implement some of those strategies into my lessons. An assessment to evaluate the lesson could be similar to the assessment that we took today, which would involve several components in Algebra. I will share some of the creative teaching strategies with my colleagues and those in my district.

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