Knowledge of Learners and Learning
10th Grade Lesson Plan: Delivering Oral Presentations
My secondary practicum site supervisor was collaborating with a biology teacher on a research project. Â Students were each assigned to write a research paper on a notable biologist and subsequently share their new information with the class in an oral presentation using PowerPoint. Â Since this is the students’ first formal presentation, I provided instruction on public speaking and planning an informational, cohesive presentation using PowerPoint. Â In the lesson activity, students were asked to recite song lyrics in an emphatic manner. Â The purpose of the activity was to help students become more comfortable with public speaking.
Understanding Motivational Theories
In a class on motivational instruction, we examined what educators can do to provide useful instruction that students actually enjoy, and an environment in which students thrive. Â In the following research paper, I explore Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi’s theory of flow, its relation to concepts educators already understand, and how to foster its occurrence in a school media center. Â To read the paper, please click here: Â Motivational Theory- Flow
Effective and Knowledgeable Teacher
6th Grade Lesson: Introduction to filmmaking
In a brief lesson at my elementary practicum site, I introduced sixth graders to common filmmaking techniques. Â The above sheet was displayed using an ELMO digital visual presenter in accompaniment to a lecture. Â Students then used the library’s three digital video cameras to practice the techniques.
Elementary Unit: Book Review Bonanza!
At my elementary practicum site, I executed a three-lesson unit on multimedia book reviews. Â In class, I demonstrated what elements of a book are included in a review, and how to write persuasive reviews. Â Students were able to choose the format of their reviews, including audio, video, written, and posters. Â The completed reviews were uploaded to the school district’s library OPAC and attached to the reviewed book’s record.
Information Literacy Curriculum
Library display: Preserving online identities
For this high school display, I created a mock Facebook page that featured status updates, group activity, and relationship statuses of teachers at my practicum site. Â Accompanying the large graphic were several facts about sharing personal information online. Â Read more about this display in the blog post.