Friday, Session 1: Creating Student Centered Lessons


Presenter: Beth Rogers, Kennesaw State University

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Technology: PPT, (handouts of PPT, but ran out and offered to email upon request)

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Hands-On: None really. She did ask for discussion. I’m totally going to sleep here even though I like and agree with the things she is saying.

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What I liked: Sample lesson (factoring & graphing polynomials)–she showed/talked about phases of the lesson, from “traditional” (highly structured) to requiring more student involvement and exploration. Sometimes started with analyzing the function algebraically, sometimes graphically (Idea:  make 1/2 a class set of one approach, 1/2 of the other, and label A-L on each set, then partner up with the other “A” person so one student has algebraic approach and one has graphical, but they have the same problem, then switch papers to verify each others’ methods. Reminds me of row games).

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Interesting: She got my interest at the beginning, but I’m starting to feel like I’m in the wrong session.  They’re talking about resources for teaching Math III (junior year) . . . It was enlightening to hear different teacher perspectives on what they are doing in their classrooms and what their basic philosophy is.  And by “enlightening” I mean that it makes me want to stab myself in the eye.