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Monday, November 23, 2009

Jo W., Math Teacher at Mt. Blue, November 20, 2009

On Friday, I visited Jo during her Geometry class.  I enjoy being in her classroom. 

She always has a seasonal bulletin board with jokes that require reading closely - usually a double meaning - just like math terms

...and visual aids posted focusing on recent concepts with accompanying formulas - a succinct GIST.

Jo began by explaining the students would begin a new concept and she wanted them to preview the chapter.  She walked them through, looking at the text features first.  As they looked at the text features, Jo had students summarize what they understood from the specific text feature.  She then had them read meaningful chunks and select the most important words.  Individually and then together, students created brief sentences to summarize the chunks of text.  While students reported out, Jo guided this process by doing a think aloud on the summarizing process.  Bravo!  This is a strategy they will need to use when they are reading problems.


Anonymous said...

Very interesting, I'd like to know more. I think tha t this would be very helpful to my students.

Jake said...

I use a Glencoe book in my CP physics class. I would expect the GIST that you did would work well as we begin a new chapter in our Physics text. - and because we share many of the same students the majority of them will already be familiar with the GIST. Thank you Jo!

Anonymous said...

Reviewing the text features with students (especially in a Math class) is incredible. You have them writing! I'm so impressed with how many strategies can be pulled into a Math class and how Jo is so willing to use so many of these.

Karina Escajeda said...

I love not only the interactive literacy based structure of Jo's classroom, but the physical space as well! Having taught students from K-12, I am always struck by how little color, visual interest, and interesting bulletin board "Kudos" or "Didja know?" (not anyone in this group, haha!!!) is on the walls at the high school level. Students, no matter their age, love to be in a space that is fun and bright (especially when we build our schools to be sturdy and, ummm... bland). Jo's room looks like a fun space for learning!