We just finished our second week at Summer Learning Place. I have really enjoyed getting to know my students. They each are so unique, and they are learning so much more that I thought possible in such a short time. On Monday, I taught a math lesson for two different groups. Group 1 was adding and subtracting with regrouping. Group 2, who were with my coteacher, learned how to divide. This was my first observed lesson.
Date Taught: 7/13/2015
About my lesson
My group is on two different levels. One group can easily add with regrouping, but they do not know how to subtract with regrouping. One student learned how to add with regrouping on Thursday, but still needs some more practice. He will be “teaching” another student how to do this with base ten base blocks. I will be guiding and modeling for them while I give the other students an opportunity to play with the base ten blocks.
My other group will be learning how to subtract with regrouping. Since this is a new concept, I will model two problems. Then, we will work together as a group to do problems from a worksheet. We will use the base ten blocks the whole time.
My coteacher's group worked on division for the first time. She discussed the importance of being able to divide evenly and gave a few examples. The students each had a sheet of paper with 2, 3 and 4 circles on it. The students were given division problems dividing by 2, 3 or 4. They divided beads into the circle.
What went well:
I think what went well was that the student learning how to add with regrouping with a peer was able to move from using the base ten blocks to not needing the manipulatives. She was able to make a connection from the concrete to the abstract. She has become a lot more confident in her math abilities and is starting to enjoy a subject she previously did not like. My student learning how to subtract with regrouping was excited that he was able to do harder problems than the other students. We have been working on boosting his confidence, and I think this lesson helped. I did not get to see the division group in action since I was working with my group, but my coteacher said it wen well. The students in both groups enjoyed getting to use the manipulatives and were able to understand the concepts. I am glad that I was able to differentiate the instruction so each student could work on what he or she needed to learn.
What did not go as planned:
In the division group, I had drawn circles on a sheet of paper. The students divided beads into the circles. Unfortunately, this did not go as planned. The beads rolled around and some fell on the floor. I can definitely make improvements so this goes better next time.
How to change for subsequent lessons:
The next time I teach division, I will use some kind of containers for the students to place the beads
in so they will not roll around.