**Week 2**:

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.

I enjoyed seeing this lesson. The use of a peer tutor went well because it strengthened his skills as well as helping his peer practice her skills. This allowed you more time to work with a student who needed more individual attention. You also did a good job of monitoring the peer tutoring during this time.

ReplyDeleteIt is so neat to see students make gains, such as the girl not needing manipulatives anymore because she could apply what she knows. Confidence plays such an important role in learning and I think that is something that is forgotten.

ReplyDeleteI think the use of a peer tutor is amazing. It instills confidence in the student, and it allows the two to interact in a way that probably wouldn't happen with just a teacher and a student. It sounds like your lesson went well, regardless of the little mishap with the beads.

ReplyDeleteI really love how you made sure the needs of all the students were being met. Splitting students into small group so they could receive individualized attention while working through new concepts was great. I also appreciate how you planned for the incorporation of manipulatives during these lessons. The base ten blocks and beads for the division activity really allowed students to go from concrete to abstract.

ReplyDeleteI love to see students improve and make progress, whether the gains are big or small. I liked how you incorporated peer teaching within your lesson. You are doing an amazing job with the little ones!

ReplyDeleteI love to see students improve and make progress, whether the gains are big or small. I liked how you incorporated peer teaching within your lesson. You are doing an amazing job with the little ones!

ReplyDeleteI love to see students improve and make progress, whether the gains are big or small. I liked how you incorporated peer teaching within your lesson. You are doing an amazing job with the little ones!

ReplyDeleteJen,

ReplyDeleteI love how you effectively differentiated throughout this lesson. Being a teacher who naturally likes control, your reflection was very refreshing (and convicting) for me. I want to continue improving the use of stations in my own classroom this upcoming school year and even this summer. I love how well you know your students--so much that you were able to plan three different mini-lessons into a larger math lesson. Great job and great planning!

PS--I know you're still a little insecure, but you really are awesome with the little ones. :)