Wednesday, March 16, 2016

Fieldwork Group #4

Group 4 taught their lesson on the scientific method.  I really liked this lesson as it was really the backbone of what every group had been teaching all semester.  I liked that it was in the end as it served as a review for our students.  That being said!...I think that this lesson should have been taught first, and I believe I heard those words repeated more than once after their lesson.  They really had the students engaged with their magnet experiment and I think everyone was happy with how their lesson came out.

I felt bad that their lesson was rushed as we had our celebration of learning at the end of the day for fieldwork...but who could get upset over ice cream!! Thats right, Mrs. F created ice cream for the students as well as us older people it was quite the treat! In all honesty I think I was more fascinated with the process of making it with the liquid nitrogen over the final product (not to take anything away from the ice cream, it was delicious).  It was a great end to fieldwork, and I commend Colin on stirring the mixture, its not something I would do!!

Wednesday, March 9, 2016

Fieldwork Group #3

We met in Bishop Dunn for the third groups fieldwork assignment.  The third group did their fieldwork on the types of rocks.  They utilized the smartboard in their lesson with a game which I thought was fantastic! I am not too familiar with the smartboard, but after viewing their lesson it made me want to learn how to use it!  I liked how the group got the students engaged in the lesson and I really liked how they had the children identifying their rocks after the direct instruction lesson.  I could see that all of the students were very excited about the lesson save one student who expressed confusion with the lesson.  But the group was fairly quick to act in that they went out and helped the student.

From my experience I know that learning about rocks can be quite dry.  However, I feel that the groups lesson that involved some really fun "hands on, minds on" learning experiences inspired and captivated the students.  I feel there are a lot of fun ways to teach this field that some teachers may not be aware of (or at least some of my older teachers for that matter).

Tuesday, March 1, 2016

Fieldwork Group #2

We met yet again in Bishop Dunn for the second group to do their fieldwork, this time the group did their lesson on the dichotomous key.  They started by getting everyone involved including the teachers and grad students.  They had us broken up into classes so that we could be identified, it was a great way to get the kids moving and focused right off the bat!  I must admit when they first started saying dichotomous key I had completely forgotten what it was!  I remembered hearing it before but I couldn't for the life of me remember what they were/did.  So with that I was excited to start learning!
As soon as I had seen the dichotomous key was I instantly remembered what it was and what they were used for.  To me it was always the fun 'eye-spy' game designed as a science lesson.  Justin and Becky taught the lesson flawlessly in my eyes, they worked very well together and it seemed like something they had been doing for a long time! After their direct instruction lesson they began their inquiry lesson which involved using the dichotomous key to identify jelly beans from Harry Potter.  You could actually see the excitement in the students faces when the jelly bean bags came out.  They used their knowledge of the key to identify what each jelly bean type was so that they would not have to eat nasty flavors such as ear wax and vomit.  It was fun to see them go through the lesson and then try them out in the end.  I even tried a Vomit jelly bean in the end and it was quite possibly the worst tasting thing ever!