Tuesday, April 14, 2015

In Between

The photo challenge I did this week was 'in between'. I decided to photograph my  three younger siblings in height and age order. As you can see Jenna (the one in the middle) is in between Mouse (the one on the left) and Ryan (the one on the right). She is in between both their ages and both their heights. 

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Passion Project #2

In the last two weeks, I have made even more progress with my passion project. As I said last week, the next thing that I wanted to accomplish was a list of interview questions for teachers, as I had already come up with one for students. I finished this list of questions, which I am including below:

  • What do you think are the biggest problems with our current teaching methods? Do you think there is anything that we could do to fix these problems?
  • How do you think students should be graded? Why?
  • How do you think classrooms should be set up? Tables or desks? Regular seats, yoga balls or something else for students to sit on?
  • Does a cluttered classroom affect a student’s ability to learn?
  • How do you notice most of your students learn (visual, audial, etc.)? How do you think we can better accommodate all students, no matter their learning style?
  • Do you think students need tests and quizzes or are projects better to test their knowledge of a subject? 
  • How many tests (on average) would you say that you give your students in a month?
  • How many nights (on average) do you give your students homework? How many nights a month do you think students should get homework in one class?
  • Do you prefer to teach your students using activities in the classroom or worksheets? Do you think your method of teaching works better than the other method?
  • Should students work individually, in partners, or in groups? Why? Do they get distracted when working together or does it benefit them because they help each other out?
  • Do you do anything special to help gifted/non-gifted students? Why? Do you think the current school system helps these students?
The next step that I will be taking is creating a survey to send out to all of the ROGATE students, but so that my results aren't biased, I will also ask a few students that aren't in the gifted and talented program. I also need to find a few teachers to interview. I think that I will start off with Ms. Mystrena and then continue from there. In the next few weeks I am going to attempt to get the majority of my interviews done.

Thursday, October 2, 2014

Passion Project #1

Since starting my passion project about two weeks ago, I feel that I have made a decent amount of progress. For my passion project I decided to study the most effective classroom teaching methods. I decided that I will first look into the current problems with our classroom and begin my powerpoint by explaining these problems. After that, I will go into more detail about each problem I had previously described and will then close out my project by describing the dream classroom to give every student the education that they deserve.

After deciding on my passion project plan, I came up with a list of the problems that I wanted to discuss in my presentation. I started off by listing the problems that I had talked about in my passion project proposal and then included some of the problems that other students in the class told me that they had with the current classroom teaching methods. I came up with the following list of problems to discuss:

  • Grading system
  • Classroom set-up (tables or desks)
  • Way of teaching (visual, auditory, etc.)
  • Way of testing students' knowledge
  • Amount of homework
  • Whether students learn most using activities or worksheets
  • Whether students learn best as individuals or groups
  • How gifted students and students that need extra help should be treated
I may come up with more problems to address as I continue getting more in depth in my passion project, but this list is a good start for my project. I also came up with a list of interview questions for students. I can interview a few students in this class and a few other students that aren't in the gifted and talented class in order to get students' opinions on how they learn best. The interview questions are below:
  • What subject causes you the most difficulty in school? - Has a teacher ever done something that helped you do better at this subject?
  • Have you ever had a bad classroom experience that lead to you getting a not so great grade (ex. unsupportive teacher, unhelpful group, etc.)?
  • What classroom set-up do you think would be the most effective to your learning (sitting at desks, tables, comfy chairs, etc.)?
  • How do you learn best (learning style) - auditory, visual, kinesthetic?
  • Do you feel that you get too much homework? Do you think homework is needed to back up your lesson? How much homework do you do every night?
  • Do you think that tests are necessary to see student’s knowledge? How many tests do you take in a school year? A month? A week? 
  • Do you enjoy worksheets or classroom activities more? Which do you think is more beneficial to your learning?
  • Would you rather work in a group, pair or by yourself? Why? How do teachers usually make you work? 
So as of right now, I have come up with the plan I have to complete my passion project, made a list of problems to address, and came up with a list of interview questions. Tomorrow, when I continue working on my passion project, I am going to come up with a list of interview questions for teachers and then I will begin my interviews for both students and teachers.