5 Year Plan
The plan going forward is ultimately to take everything I have learned this year in the MSU-WIPRO STEM fellowship and use it to grow my STEM teaching. Two goals I will begin working on this summer are: building my own classroom website that incorporates the pattern project each year and to work toward using my involvement in CPS Math Teacher Leader Institute (TLI) to change the way math content is delivered to students. Experiencing how well technology can be blended into math lessons and lesson delivery I feel as a member of the TLI it is my responsibility to bring technology into the fold.
My network has become more diverse through my MSUrban STEM affiliation and my involvement with TLI. I now have a network of educator resources across CPS that speak the STEM language. My work this past year prompted me to call on some of my network from a few years ago, proving to me I have a real network out there waiting to collaborate. I called upon my DePaul University connections to get their opinions when putting together some of the patterns lessons. When I reflect upon my network past and present I am fortunate to have a vast diverse network that are willing to help..
Can I call it abandoning the past or should I say moving my instruction forward? I have realized that in all my teaching I am asking myself similar questions when I am planning lessons.How can I include technology with this lesson? Does this lesson make a larger impact if I include technology? What can the student involvement be in the lesson and can they use technology to demonstrate their understanding? Yes, I have abandoned the way I used to think about teaching math. My math lessons are being reinvented using technology. I am getting good at using a few specific resources and using them to move my math instruction forward. As time goes on I will incorporate more resources from the plethora that I now understand are available. Am I courageous enough to abandon the past practices and incorporate the new? You bet I am!
Below in the blendspace by tes video (please open it in blendspace) you will find some of the technological resources I am currently using in my instruction. Also below that you will find my final words of thanks to everyone involved in this project this year.
Finally, I am listing some of the potential funding resources I will look to to improve The Patterns Project next year.
Funding Sources include;
www.nctm.org - The National Council of Teachers of Mathematics
A special Thank you to Punya, Rohit, Missy, Kyle, Candace, Akesha and all the MSUrban STEM Team and my 48 fellow MSU-WIPRO teacher colleagues, this is been a fabulous learning experience one that I will always remember.
Last I wish to Thank the 2016 Room 311 8th grade class. Without you much of this would not have been possible.