Assignments and Writing in Mathematics and across the curriculum:
I select materials and assignments very carefully, including the main concepts and applications of mathematics in real world.
Most successful assignments, besides other assignments, are the special ones called “Bold Assignment”. Those are important assignments that I check carefully and give detailed written feedback. The bold assignment is a written paper that needs to be typed, explained in details with a clear procedure, the theorems and properties used and illustrations with graphs, diagrams, charts, sketches etc. In general those assignments are due in the day when the review for the test is.
Those assignments give the students the chance to review, study for the exams, and practice how to explain everything.
Teaching and learning is a married partnership that cannot be separated. While I am teaching I assess myself by making sure that I am speaking clear, I have an established voice level, I have eye contact made with everyone periodically to gather a quick reaction.
My experience and teaching skills allow me read students’ reaction and detect whether they understand what is being taught so I can quickly make the adjustments.
My message to my students is that they should feel free of making mistakes because that is how they learn by getting feedback from pairs, the instructor etc. I make it clear to them that everyone has strengths and weaknesses. That way students’ engagement is free of judgmental and becomes more natural and active.
Hands on activities, group work, peer and class discussions, presentations etc increase the students’ engagement and the effectiveness in learning process. (Real world problems presentations links etc)
“Bold Assignments” and good reviews serve as drill to reduce the test-taking anxiety.
I have seen as very helpful simples of take home exam with simples from the material that will be included in the test. (test simples with students work)
Research Papers, Group Work and presentations:
My priority is to multiple the teaching and learning through sharing and teaching each other. For that reason I always apply the hands on activities, group work researching and presentation as a great opportunity for the students to give their contribution and hear from their peers. Giving a clear task that students need to solve in group always moves them to do their best. I have had experiences in giving them group work in solving systems in different ways in 1175 course, graphing the line and equation of the line in Skills 2 at ASA College, functions in College Math, at and Pre-calculus solving absolute value inequalities etc. The most productive research papers and presentations in last semester at CityPoly were the Mat 1175: Pythagorean Theorem, Mat 1375: Presentations from the last “Bold Assignments” mixed problems associated with research about topics. I have applied group work and presentations for solving real world math problems at College Focus Program.
Online interacting activities:
Using different types of websites to help students practice and master the concepts and skills has been one of my priorities for differentiating and reach out to every student.
Using engrade website as a site where I have set up the grading book and important documents. ( Since I am teaching the courses at HS the students don’t have CityTech email accounts so I cannot use blackboard or openlab even though I have set up the courses on both)
Constant announcements and communication through website.
Making assignments and grades accessible for every student.
Making power point presentation available for every student.
Seeking immediate feedback for graded papers by scanning and sending them through the website, providing solutions with explanations in power point or handwriting and sending it as attachment before the coming class etc.
Providing links for online tests or quizzes as well as helpful websites for specific topics.
Web assign used for assignments at ASA College.