It has been a struggle to finalize my unit this week, but with the help of my instructor, I was able to come up with a satisfactory unit on analyzing two quantitative variables. The process of using Understanding by Design has been enlightening. I have only come across this within the last year, but it … Continue reading Week 10: How does my UbD unit reflect my understanding of differentiated instruction?
I am one who tries to be the "odd one out", or the "lone wolf" when it comes to the "norm" in education, or any aspect of life. Why would anyone want to learn to ride a unicycle, or learn to juggle, or learn to shoot a traditional recurve bow, or play soccer at 50? … Continue reading Week 10: Explain and give examples to argue why the following statement is true or false: “Get the right people on your team, and get the wrong ones off.”
How is mentoring adults different from teaching children? I wanted to share with you my comment I made to Matthew because it sort of hit a nerve for me. Matthew related that his mentee is not motivated to learn new tech and that he is up for retirement next year. Your story of your mentee … Continue reading Week 9 Reflection
What assessments will I use in my UBD Unit, and what is the purpose of these assessments? I was great to read other people's assessment ideas for their UbD unit. Jim has used Khan Academy and this last year I used it quite a bit for some of my struggling Algebra 1 students. I commented … Continue reading Week 9 Reflection
First off, I would like to point out that I never had a mentor the first few years of my teaching career beginning in 1986. After decades of teaching, I think I know what I am doing, and hopefully it is the right thing! It would have been very nice to have a mentor in … Continue reading Week 9: How is mentoring adults different from teaching children?
For my unit, I will have students do performance assessments and self-assessments. According to Burns, my performance assessments will be based on what is called calculation task, and design task. A calculation task is when you can draw sound conclusions from data, and a design task is when you basically apply theoretical understanding to real-life … Continue reading Week 9: What assessments will I use in my UBD Unit, and what is the purpose of these assessments?
What strategies do you use that are related to your “moral purpose”? How do these contribute to your overall leadership? I remember researching at one point the different types of leaders, and the one I came across that I resonated with is servant leader. I shared this with Sara. It seems so cliche to think … Continue reading Week 8 Reflection
What is brain-based learning and how can it inform differentiation? It was interesting to find out more about brain-based learning from my classmates. Kendra reported a great resources called Maslow's Needs of Hierarchy. I have never heard of it, but it is in line with brain-based learning. We all have basic needs and it is challenging … Continue reading Week 8 Reflection
It has been challenging to meet with my colleague with all the things that go on in spring time in schools, but we have met three times thus far, and it has been great. I have been helping this language arts teacher utilize her MimioProjector more than just showing movies, or presenting slide show notes. … Continue reading Tech Mentoring Update
Instead of discussing moral purpose as a teacher (in general), I would like to reveal my moral purpose as a mathematics teacher. You would think they are similar, but I would like to point out that they are not. I have tried for years to find a resource out there online that mirrors my own … Continue reading Week 8: What strategies do you use that are related to your “moral purpose”? How do these contribute to your overall leadership?