In my Geometry course I am committed to help increase the perserverance in writing mathematically and technically. To foster those skills I am utilizing more task problem sets to practice skills in Geometry. Recently students investigated the use of areas in carpeting and tiling a first floor of a house. I used Carnegie Learning's Geometry course when I student taught and have found continued uses for the problem sets that are available in their old books. I bought a student edition off of Amazon for $10 and have been using specific problem sets for my course to enhance the classroom rigor and relevance.
|Carpeting & Tiling a Floor- Using Task Problems to investigate|
area in a Geometry Classroom while increasing
writing in mathematics.
|New Pressing Questions White Board - Use questions students come up|
with that cannot be addressed right away, or that are good enough
to keep coming back to.
Students were also introduced to the use of Geogebra to start manipulating and working with digital drawings of mathematical concepts. I enjoy teaching my students how to work with protractors and compasses, but this tool is much more efficient and easily understood, especially for my visual learners. Throughout the school year I plan to utilize more Geogebra in the classroom to model mathematics in the real world, and maybe even in uploading photos for my students to modify and work with. However, I'm finding that using our district network is making it difficult to continue with some of my ideas and the work I'm doing in my graduate courses.
|Collage of Student Projects|
Triangle Angle Sum, Interior Angles of Polygons
& Angle and Segment Bisectors
The only catch with all of the work in my courses I would like to continue with, is the fact that I cannot modify anything with my students and have them complete work in their own Google accounts, where everything can be saved to a cloud. The school district I work for restricts the useage of student log-ins for any type of e-mail or account log-in. Once we become a Google School I will be proud to share with them in all of the uses of Google tools in the classroom! I even went so far as to become a Google Certified Educator, Level 1, and hope to continue this school year to gain Level 2 and even Trainer status to compliment my future master's in Information Technology Specialist. I have a lot on my plate and continue to keep trying new things as an educator because I know my students deserve the best. I want to inspire them in a way they have not been before, to look into technology and mathematics as a career and life-long learning process.
|Topology Assignment for my Grad Class,|
the computer lab system I work with, when