Thursday, January 24, 2013

From the iPad of Jeff Johnson...

The following is an example of how I am attempting to become more of a facilitator and coach in my AP Physics class than some traditional teachers who practices the dissemination of knowledge. (Everything below is posted on my Edmodo website). 

Either use “educreations” or “explain everything”  to make SHORT 10 – 12 minute videos that explain a topic or concept. You can also use ready-made videos from  Khan Academy or the like. Make sure to use clear examples and explain step by step what you want students  to know how to do. It is wise to use relevant easy to understand examples that kids can relate to.

Post lecture notes or examples of problems that are completely worked out. Explain in text what you are doing as you move through each step. 

  Assign practice problems for kids to work. I use an online homework site that provides feedback to students after they work out the problems. I give students 5 attempts at each problem. Each assignment scaffolds on the prior to move toward more complex concepts. Each assignment consists of 18 – 25 problems that range from moderate to very difficult. It should require 1 – 2 days to complete each assignment, including homework time.

  Students that are very bright and work quickly can move through the easy concepts and move on to the more difficult concepts. Students that are struggling can get help as I walk through the room to assist. This is a perfect way to allow students to work at their own pace.

This is just a very rough outline of what I am trying. It seems to be working. By the way, I have no problem with students listening to music on the iPad as they are working through their practice problems. Students may also work together, as no two students have the same problems (Thanks to the online service).


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