Over the last few weeks, I haven’t found much time to work on my in-depth project. I went skiing over the long weekend, losing valuable videomaking, teaching, and learning time. I have not been able to work on my video due to limited usable daylight hours but I should be able to work on the video over this weekend and over spring break. I have divided my last 2 weeks into 2 main parts: The Meeting and the The Teaching.

The Meeting

The schedules of my mentor and I didn’t match up very well over the last 2 weeks. I could only meet her over facetime and meeting was shorter than usual. I did manage to ask her some questions and talk to her about some important teaching skills and strategies. I recorded all of the questions that I asked and took notes on the answers. I asked her questions about a variety of topics from dealing with off-task students to teaching fraction and probability concepts. I asked a multiple choice question about what to emphasize the most for my fractions video. My mentor’s response to this question gave me some information, but not as much as a broader open-ended question. I also asked my mentor why they feel the way they do about some of the answers that they gave me. My mentor feels very strongly that movement is important in learning. When I asked her why, she told me that she believes that movement in education can make stronger neural pathways to make memorization easier. It also keeps children with shorter attention spans moving around and more focused.

The Teaching

This time, the process of teaching was more than it ever had been before. I decided to teach probability, and I remember that in the past, I had been taught probability using Smarties. I decided to teach my ‘guinea pig’ learners using a similar method. I created worksheets like these:

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And I created a lesson plan like this:

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I used bowls of smarties to show relations between different probabilities. The teaching went really well and my learners learned a lot. Overall, I haven’t gotten a lot of work done over the last few weeks, but I will be able to get more done over the next few weeks.