Lesson Topic: Introducing Fractions-Math Lesson
I taught a lesson introducing fractions: what they look like, how to write a fraction, and parts of a fraction. First, I introduced fractions by pre-assessing what my students thought the different parts of fraction were. I wrote fractions on the board and either pointed to the numerator or the denominator. For each example, my students were to do the follow: they would sit on top of the desk if they thought I pointed to the numerator, and they would sit underneath their desk if they thought I had pointed to the denominator. For the mini-lesson, I modeled what fractions look like given a specific fraction. I also modeled how to write a fraction only given the visual representation. Additionally, I gave each student a slip of paper with a fraction on it. With the slip of paper, each student was to go to the board and draw/shade what they thought the fraction looked like. We then went over each example as a class. For the lesson closure, students completed an ice cream sundae fraction activity. For the activity, students had to have ten scoops of ice cream with an array of flavors. After creating their ice cream sundae, the students had to represent each flavor with a fraction of how many scoops each flavor had.
Date Taught: Tuesday, July 28, 2015
What went well: I think that students really understood the parts of a fraction, and they were able to show their understanding of fractions both in numbers and with pictures. Most students also participated quite well during the lesson, especially when it came to writing answers on the white board. Additionally, our student who usually requires the most attention was able to complete his work with minimal assistance.
What did not go as planned: Some of our older students did not really want to participate during the lesson opening. They were reluctant to sit on top or sit underneath their desks to demonstrate where numerators and denominators are located within a fraction. I was disappointed with their reaction since I tried very hard to incorporate something kinesthetic for them to be more engaged.
How to change for subsequent lessons: I do not foresee ever teaching math again, so I don’t think I’d make changes to this particular lesson. However, I will try to incorporate more engaging activities for the lessons I teach in my geography and world history classes for the upcoming school year.
How my expectations changed over the last four weeks: The last four weeks have been an interesting experience. It has solidified why I teach a content-specific class in high school. This experience has also opened up my eyes in regards to my future endeavors in education. Yes, I am more prepared to teach students in the general education setting; however, I do not feel prepared enough to teach a resource or self-contained class upon graduation. I have enjoyed working with our students and seeing them grow, but it is disheartening to know that some of our students will struggle with content this upcoming school year. Lastly, I think that I would have been more effective if the class was not spread out with grade levels. I feel like some of my teaching was ineffective since it was difficult to find a middle-ground for our students (ranging from fifth to tenth grades).