I felt good about my teaching day today. In particular I felt good about my lesson with grade 10 MYP extended mathematics.
One of my goals this year is to have the lessons/units a bit more self-paced, and vary the pathways according to the needs of the students. I am using a Livescribe pen to make pencasts, as well as Jing for screencasts and kids can also watch e-beam (interactive whiteboard) files on playback mode. This has been working well, and although I feel strange not giving directions to the class as a whole, I enjoy interacting with students on a more individual basis, and serving their variety of needs better, as well as getting to know them better.
However, today I needed to go over a quiz, and then check their understanding from the pencast explaining parabolas in vertex form, before moving on to their investigation assignment (relationship between the respective equations y = ax^2 + bx + c and y = (ax – p)(x – q) and their graphs).
To go over the quiz, each student had to write the solution to a question they did well on in the quiz. The solutions were then posted on the whiteboard, and students roamed around, using the solutions to make their own corrections. This worked better than me talking about the quiz from the front.
We did a treasure hunt in the school atrium to check understanding of vertex form. Basically the goal was to find the graphs that matched the equations given. Students were excited and competitive during the task.
Finally we went back to the classroom and after a few directions given to the class as a whole, students worked on their investigation for the last 25 minutes.
It was a nice active, kinetic lesson. We worked together as a whole class for most of the time, which made a change from the self paced lessons. I think the mix and variety of types of lessons should make for an engaging year.