As learner and teacher, I research based projects very helpful in developing the necessary to become a great teacher. This semester I am taking a course where I have to create an action research project. I have to propose a question, formulate a hypothesis, conduct an experiment and make my conclusions. I decided to conduct my research on the benefits assessments have in giving the students the best learning experience related to their needs in Math. It is sad to walk into a classroom where students of different learning styles and levels of understanding are being thought using the same general teaching methods. If we have 10 students that are proficient in Math problems, we can’t give them the same work as those that are basic in Math. What do we do? Well, this project will emphasize the importance of differentiating instruction!
I have decided to work with 5 second grade students in a small group setting. Over the course of the project we will complete 4 math lessons using manipulatives. Each lesson will be differentiated to suit the learning style of each student. We had our first lesson today on making charts and graphs. They had to roll 2 number cubes, add the numbers up and then chart the sum. For example, I rolled a 4 and a 5, 4 + 5 = 9. I would chart 9 on my graph. They repeated this activity until they reached the top of the graph with a number. The students were able to write number sentences, practice their adding and also learn why a chart is useful for looking at data. This was such a fun lesson! They really had so much fun and were able to answer the questions with confidence, showing me that they are getting the concept! More of these lessons will surely create a sense of confidence and willingness to learn math. I am so happy Math-Up gave me the opportunity to work with not one but 2 classes and compare and contrast them to my philosophy of education. There is so much more to learn and so little time but it will surely pay off once I am in my own classroom!