Published on June 29, 2009
Parents + Web Resources =
Critical Thinking in
Ed 6117 June 2009
Bemidji State University
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Part 1: What is your focus? "To have taught well is not to have used a great set of techniques or given the learner some words to give back, but to have caused understanding through words, activities, tools, guided reflection, the learner's efforts, and feedback”(McTighe& Wiggins, 2005). Image from www.flickr.com
Is this a surprise? Much of what influences students occurs during their hours outside of the school building. Image from www.sxc.hu
Who influences students during their time away from school? Parents. Image from www.flickr.com
Part 2: GET PARENTS INVOLVED! Image from http://www.sxc.hu
Benefits of Parent Involvement “Research shows that students with involved parents—regardless of their background or income level—reap a bevy of benefits, including attending school regularly, enrolling in more advanced classes, getting better grades, graduating from high school, and pursuing post-secondary education” (Be Strategic, 2003). Image from http://www.sxc.hu
Part 3:Connect with parents and students using technology “Parents' attitudes toward mathematics have an impact on children's attitudes. Children whose parents show an interest in and enthusiasm for mathematics around the home will be more likely to develop that enthusiasm themselves” (Brosnan & Hartog). Image from http://www.sxc.hu
Communication is vital calls home webpage progress reports newsletter conferences blog surveys e-mail Image from http://www.sxc.hu
Blog Consider a blog as a way to communicate by posing questions or relaying information. From my blog at http://room13all-stars.blogspot.com
PodcastsPublish podcasts online. A self assessment question has been published here. Image from http://dgutterud.podbean.com
What is a wiki? Image from http://www.sxc.hu Page from my wiki at http://room13allstars.pbworks.com
Videos on wiki Image from http://math247.pbworks.com/Mathcasts
VoiceThread Pose a question. Students respond at school or home via: *Text *Voice *Phone *Video Image from http://voicethread.com
Virtual manipulatives—try ‘em “Research has shown that concrete manipulatives help students better understand abstract concepts in math, and comparative studies show virtual manipulatives to be as effective as concrete ones”(Donovan, 2008).
Virtual Manipulatives How many families have manipulatives at home? How many have internet access? Image from http://nlvm.usu.edu
Bring parents into the classroom Image from http://www.flickr.com
Visit my links by going to my wiki at http://room13allstars.pbworks.com Image from http://www.sxc.hu
References Be strategic to boost family involvement. (2003, December). District Administration, Retrieved November 5, 2007, from ContentSelectResearch Navigator database. Brosnan, P.A. & Hartog, M.D. (n.d.). Doing mathematics with your child. Retrieved June 20, 2009 from http://www.math.com/parents/articles/domath.html Donovan, J. (2008, November). Teaching mathematics with virtual manipulatives. Technology & Learning. Retrieved June 22, 2009 from www.techlearning.com/article/14468 McTighe, J. & Wiggins, G. (2005). Understanding by design (2nd ed.). Alexandria, VA: Association for Supervision and Development. No child left behind act, section 1118. (2001). Retrieved November 26, 2007 from http://www.ed.gov/nclb/landing.jhtml
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