Quote Of The Day: “Mistakes are proof that you are trying”… a perfect quote for this blog post! Today I had my first observed lesson of the practicum experience. Although not everything went perfect, things were pretty well planned! One mistake was that I didn’t keep a close eye on my timing. Although students were catching on quickly, the pacing of the lesson could have been slowed down.
What I Am Hanging Hope On: Division! Yesterday, I introduced students to division in a hands-on activity involving the division of beads into equal groups. We worked with problems with the numbers 2, 3, and 4 as divisors. Today, we took things a step further! As stated previously, students began to understand the concept of division yesterday. They learned that to divide means to split things into equal groups; “fair sharing”. Today we moved past only having a divisor of either 2, 3, or 4. After connecting to prior knowledge, students played a division matching game. Next they were given a division word problem to solve. They each drew a visual representation of the problem to help them solve! Finally, students created lists of real-world applications of division!
How I Am Feeling: Overall, I am feeling pleased! I couldn’t be more proud of the progress my students are making. It brings me joy to see them grasp new concepts and flourish in the classroom. Today’s division lesson built on yesterdays. I felt the connection and small steps, that progressed off of one another, set up students for success!
A Wish For Tomorrow: More success and happy endings 🙂 I am going to introduce the connection between division and multiplication. My wish? That students find more success and their confidence continues to build!
Food For Thought: Next time I teach this lesson, I will correct the pacing. I may also choose another manipulative aside from beads to work with- they kept falling off the table! Oops! Although no big deal, falling beads were a distraction from students’ learning. Do you know of any good techniques for teaching division? I am always eager to learn!