This page needs updating to reflect 2017-2018 perspectives on classroom practices. I leave it as is for now because some of what is here is still relevant.
Innovation in the classroom keeps the material fresh so I like to find new ideas that help me engage with the particular mix of students I have at any given time.
Technology In The Classroom
Students like technology, so I often incorporate this into my lesson planning, but always remembering that technology is just a tool; the technology is not the point of the activity. Taking a page from Jose Bowen’s book, Teaching Naked, I like to use technology to create podcasts, video, and interactive white board mini lessons that students can use as reference both prior to class (also known as flipping the classroom, which can lead to greater learning activity during class) or afterwards to reinforce key concepts. in class and for homework. Some of the successful activities we have done include the following:
Students learn best when they are actively engaged in the material. To achieve this, I aim to “lecture” for no more than 10 minutes before incorporating an activity into the classroom. Activities can include in-class writing about a concept or idea we have discussed, applying new learning to their own work (through self or peer editing of a previously drafted assignment), small group discussion where students are encouraged to dig deeper into the material and extend their thinking