Well, I still don't know what math classes I will be teaching, but I have had the opportunity to see my classroom. Here's a preview of the before pictures. This summer has consisted of a lot of reading and pondering of how I want to things to run in my classroom. Once I know exactly what classes I'll be teaching, I will be able to start doing more specific planning.
While organizing some of my student teaching papers, I ran across some notes I took at a presentation on using Smart Board technology in the math classroom. I don't want to lose these again, so I thought I would post them on here. Maybe someone else can find some inspiration in them, too.
Notes from Presentation on Using SmartBoard Technology in the Math Classroom
By: Kathy Pickup from Bishop Kelley High School, Tulsa, OK
Use the Smart Board to rearrange the order of the textbook. Everything should be customized for EVERY class.
Kinesthetic Memory is CRUCIAL in math. Students NEED to take notes.
Ms. Pickup would have students measure angles from pictures she had taken on her vacations. Instead of measuring angles from diagrams in the geometry textbook, students would measure the angles formed by tree branches and mountains.
Students were confused by which scale to use on the protractor. “Where does the trunk of the tree touch the zero? Use that scale.”
If you're struggling with the protractor on the Smart Board, students won't feel so foolish while working with their own protractors.
Always measure angles with the fun stuff first. Then, move onto to the typical textbook examples.
Everyday, she issues students a Non-Optional Challenge Problem of the Day. If students do not complete the problem, they lose 5 points from their homework grade. If students complete it correctly, they gain 5 points on their homework grade. If students complete the problem incorrectly, their homework remains unchanged. This encourages all students to try the problem. There is no penalty as long as they try.
Teach parallel lines with vacation pictures (ski tracks, trees, etc)
Then, have students take pictures featuring parallel, perpendicular, and skew lines. Have a show and tell day where each student explains the pictures they took.
Take what you like and bring that into your classroom.
Don't be satisfied with what the book publisher provides. Insert your personality. Add yourself to your presentation.
If you're enthusiastic, it's contagious.
There's no better teaching tool than making mistakes at the front of the classroom.
A junk drawer is essential. Make a Smart Board page with symbols you use often or have customized.