Smith 5th Grade Blog 2012

Geometry discoveries of polygons

Posted on: January 7, 2012

I like how second grade teacher, Kimberly Herbert http://kherbert.wordpress.com/ analyzes her lessons. There is no free time in the classroom and teachers always need to evaluate their lessons. Today I will borrow from Ms. Herbert using her guidelines:

The Good:
Students were engaged this week.
Viewing their activities after class on iPods allowed me to see who was on task and clear up any misconceptions since I can’t get to everyone at once.

The Bad:
The class was super loud when they were working on activities.
Waiting until they were gone did not address their needs and tie the lesson together to allow for complete clarity.

The Solutions:
I have tried “quiet managers” with no success, but perhaps I need to clarify how to get other students to keep their voices lower. This seems worth a try next week.
This past week I have dealt with part of this problem. Instead of taking an entire class period to finish an activity, I have started to break them up to about 20 minute blocks each day. This has really helped me so that we don’t rush through lessons. However, even though I am going slower, I think that I need to stop the entire class to clarify problems that I see consistently throughout the room. For example, students were not understanding congruent shapes of different sizes. We needed to have a conversation before we went further. I will see how it goes for the next lesson if I continue in this manner.

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