As I continue to work with middle and high school math teachers regarding the implementation of the Common Core State Standards, one of the most difficult concepts for many to grasp is “how” to use the flipped classroom design or structure lessons that are inquiry-based, project-based, or problem-based.
As I have said before, very few teachers in the classroom today have experienced inquiry-based mathematics instruction — not as students, not as prospective teachers, and not as classroom teachers. Teachers have said to me, “I want to do this, but I don’t know how. If someone can just show me how, then I will do it.”
Today, I had the opportunity to work with Cheryl Rhea, an exceptional math teacher from Hickory High School, who shared these two videos on inquiry-based math instruction she found on the Teaching Channel. I think they provide a good source to start some initial conversations about how math instruction needs to look and about how we get from where we are now to where we need to go.
Using Stations to Explore Algebra Expressions
How Many Peas Fill the Classroom
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High school chemistry teachers, you are going to love this! The University of Nottingham has created a short video for all 118 elements of the periodic table. These videos demonstrate experiments and information about the elements. I watched the Hydrogen video where the researchers fill balloons with Hydrogen and discuss why an explosion takes place. I thought this was a great resource for all you chemistry teachers out there.
I particularly like “the professor.” He will bring to mind Christopher Lloyd in Back to the Future.
To access the videos, simply go to the website http://www.periodicvideos.com/ and click on any element. Or, simply check out their YouTube Channel by clicking here!
How many times has it happened to you? You find a GREAT video to share with your class, and when it comes time for the great unveil — the district or school firewall won’t let you open the website. If you have experienced this instructional dilemma, I know you will be as excited as I was to discover that YouTube for Schools has arrived!
YouTube for Schools allows teachers to access free educational YouTube videos while limiting access to other YouTube content that may not be appropriate for all students. Teachers can choose from more than 400,000 educational videos to enhance classroom instruction. Well-known organizations like Stanford, PBS, TED, Khan Academy, Steve Spangler Science, and numberphile are just a few of the contributors to YouTube for Schools. In addition to limiting access to specific videos, Google has also worked with teachers to create over 300 playlists categorized by subject and by grade level. Schools can also customize their YouTube for Schools experience, adding videos that are only viewable within their school network.
Visit http://YouTube.com/Schools to learn more and sign up today.