Help students to understand and retain information by highlighting keywords and breaking down meaning of complicated parts of a sentence or passage.
A way to get students moving around the room and interacting on content questions:
Find the question.
Post questions all around the room and have students move around the room finding the questions and answering them. Enables movement, conversation between students, and switching up the routine.
I just had an idea that I believe could get students excited about math. Have a math party.
This is the premise, get all the math teachers in a school or department together. Have teachers challenge each other to problems in front of the classes, for the whole day, giving students a chance to view what real mathematics is all about. Let them see minds coming together, discussing, trying, failing, solving and triumphing.
The joy of true mathematics needs to be modeled for students so they can learn to appreciate work of the mind. If it catches on and your school understands, you could do it once a month or once a semester.
Allow students to bring problems to challenge the teachers and let the students join in on solving each others problems.
This is only the bare bones from a TED talk from Diana Laufenberg. How do we get students to learn?
See the video on my homepage or visit the link: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=up4hFj-jcTY
By: Mr. Woodford
I will reflect on ideas and practices I learn through my formative years as a classroom math teacher.