ITEC083001-S14R: interactive whole group classroom activity

interactive whole group classroom activity
by Gregory Reese – Saturday, 15 February 2014, 10:13 PM

Hi everyone, I am most interested in interactive whole group activities for the high school math classroom. I can’t believe how little is available out there for whole group activities. There are tons of YouTube instructional videos like Khan Academy. There are whole curriculums written around small group activates like the Algebra Connections / Geometry Connections series by CPM. There are tons of individual work worksheets and problem sets and lots of materials for the teacher to make direct lectures, however, the most important and effective teaching tool there is seems to be totally ignored by math curriculum developers. I think the Socratic method is the best way to teach and learn math and I want to see how technological gizmos can make Socratic math teaching better.

Masters Degree in Mathematics
Re: interactive whole group classroom activity
by Gregory Reese – Saturday, 5 April 2014, 11:32 PM

Well I talked to Dr. Donahue and I am changing my class project. I am going to design a homework blog for my high school math classes. As a masters degree student at Sonoma State University, I had the opportunity to participate in several homework blogs that my professors set up on moodle, the Sonoma State flavor of ILearn. I was very impressed by how much harder I worked on assignments because I knew that they were going to be read by my classmates and discussed. I was also impressed by how much useful feedback I received. A single teacher just doesn’t have the time to comment extensively on a whole classroom full of students. I also realized that my classmates were all real experts on the subject mater of the class, after all we were all spending many hours studying the same material and so I found their comments to be very knowledgeable and helpful. I was recently reminded of how much I like homework blogs when our ITec830 class commented on each others TNT#2 assignment, I really enjoyed chatting with everyone about our projects and philosophies. I plan to research the nuts and bolts of setting up a blog with the safeguards and limits appropriate for a class of high school kids and investigating the blog statistical packages available that will help me monitor the students’ contributions and assess their performance. Sorry for making this late change of plans.