The article linked above talks about the experience a veteran teacher got after she shadowed two students, from different grade levels, for one day each. The school that she worked at hired her as a learning coach suggested that she try this experiment where she would shadow two students, one 10th grade and one 12th grade, and participate in all the activities throughout the school day. The goal for this was for her to feel what it is to be a student and learn strategies that can be provided to teachers to improve their teaching. Reading how boring a class can be for a student, especially when the tecaher lectures the whole day, is one of the things that are being avoided in Math classrooms at my school site. Because of this idea and Common Core, students now have the opportunity to engage in the material more and do a lot more of group activities rather than just sitting there listening to the teacher.
Because of the district pacing guides, Math teachers have to try and stay on track and not fall behind. However, with any lesson at any moment students can fall behind and as math teachers we need to be sure that everyone understand the concept before we move forward since everything that will follow that topic would just build from that. We fall behind and need to catch up. Coming up with fun activitites that can move away from the teacher just lecturing is hard at times of the semester. For this semester, I have learned to include a lot of group discussion time throughout the lessons that way students do get that break from the teacher just talking. Every time I do that I do see a difference in the students engagement versus when those discussions are not present as much throughout the lesson. With my personal experiences, I agree with all the tips that this teacher said she would be willing to try.
Wiggins, Grant. (2014, October 14). A veteran teacher turned coach shadows 2 students for 2 days- a sobering lesson learned.
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