BC: TE 801, Sec. 004 30 September 2012 Project 1, Part IIA Professor Sweeny
FC: Student Skills and Abilities Translated to the Classroom
1: by Sarah Gauthier
2: When obtaining information from my students through conversation, observation, and data sheets, I was able to get an idea about the different skills and abilities my students utilize and develop outside of the classroom sphere.
4: In their free-time, students like to do a wide variety of things!
5: -sing, skate and dance -go to parks -play house -swim -enjoy the outdoors -watch movies or TV -Play putt-putt golf -Ride scooters & bikes -play board games -visit friends -Play video games -Watch and play sports -go bowling | -Go to the zoo -play computer games -go to Zapzone -Play cooking games -Go to restaurants -Play with pets -Read books -go camping -go on walks -Write & draw -visit the library -go shopping -go out to dinner
6: Students also like to travel to different places within the community
7: -Valhalla Park -Restaurants -Dairy Dan -library -Edru Roller Rink -mall -grocery stores -High School for sports games
8: Specifically, one student in the class demonstrates the skills and abilities he obtained from outside the classroom that translate to the classroom.
9: This student likes to draw in his spare-time. He enjoys drawing anything and everything, but especially things he cares about. | This skill/ability is useful in math for drawing diagrams and pictures to go along with problems.
10: This student also enjoys playing numerous video games, which help with hand-eye coordination.
11: Hand-eye coordination is important in math as students perform hands-on tasks.
12: As a watcher and player of sports, this student knows how to follow rules for understanding and can keep track of scores.
13: Being able to use rules to understand things can be utilized in math, as various rules exist in this subject. | For example, students need to follow rules, such as the order of operations.
14: This student also enjoys cooking, and considers himself pretty good at it (with the help of a parent).
15: Cooking involves a lot of measuring and telling time, so the fact that this student is good at it and enjoys it says something about these types of skills. | Math involves telling time, and measuring many different things, so activities, such as cooking that promote these skills are very beneficial for increasing math skill as well.
16: These skills and abilities can supply important information to my mathematics instruction. Knowing that students enjoy hands-on things, such as video games, I can utilize their hand-eye coordination skills and other skills that come along with these types of activities they enjoy. Implementing these skills into my lessons will excite the children, as they are given the opportunity to do math in ways that are hands-on.
17: Knowing that students enjoy drawing, I can also utilize this skill in my mathematics instruction. By giving students the option to draw out their explanations in math or by providing them with diagrams, I can utilize their familiarity with drawing and understanding of things through drawing. | Knowing that some students enjoy cooking and are skilled in measuring and telling time, I can form parts of my mathematics instruction to draw on these skills. For instance, I could have students design their own recipes, which would engage them and also put their measuring skills to work through other activities. | Being aware that students have the ability to recognize rules and patterns, I can be sure to acknowledge this in my mathematical instruction. For instance, I could in-grain a rule-following procedure into a lot of math problems so that students will know how to approach them.