Tuesday, April 2, 2013
The Importantance of Interactive Common Core Math Lessons
Most recently, technology has been getting a lot more attention in classrooms and schools throughout the world (and if you think about it, we used to only say throughout a city...or state...or even country). Regardless, now a classroom teacher needs to be able to understand the technology and it's global role with students and figure out a way to bridge the two together so seamlessly, that the work and learning just happens as naturally as anything else.
In the United States, the Common Core State Standards attempts to place a technology component in lessons and in learning for as much as possible - and why not? Technology means so much to today's modern student that it's nearly becoming a way of life for them. To students, technology has always been there for them...we can't say the same for the rest of us! And just as when Alexander Graham Bell created that little old invention, the telephone, 140 years ago, it was the youngsters that were born thereafter that felt comfortable with it. That's just how technology works.
So how can we create fun, interactive math lessons that are not only engaging, but allow our students to delve deeper into their thinking process and get more out of those lessons?
Watch my Scholastic Teacher Talks: Adam Hyman's Tips for the Interactive Whiteboard for additional discussion and demonstrations.
Here are some additional tips to create engaging interactive Common Core Math lessons:
1. Take a look at the standards. Read them. Pull out the information that is listed. Then read them again. What do they say? What do you understand? What ideas come to mind? Jot them down.
2. Use the resources that you have (textbooks...workbooks...read-a-louds...the internet, etc.) and start pulling out information that will help you build your lesson.
3. Get to know your IWB and it's software. Know as many features that your SMART Board has to offer so that you can begin to build a lesson that doesn't just use that IWB to project questions and information as if it were a fancy overhead projector. That's not what an INTERACTIVE Whiteboard is meant to do. It's interactive for a reason -- use it to get students to come up to the board and manipulate numbers, pictures, patterns, etc., so that they can not only think about problems differently, but so that it will allow them to be able to explain their reasoning behind their thinking.
Using technology isn't meant to be a distraction. It's not meant to make your life harder. Using the technology that is available to meant to play towards a student's strength. Take advantage!
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