Self Directed Learning Centers

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The Description

The the requested funds, I will purchase a class set of TI Nspire calculators. Below are the reasons I am requesting the funds for the calculators and the differences it will make for my students.

a. Self-Directed Student Learning with Teacher as a Facilitator – I have had the opportunity to participate in a graduate fellowship program while working on my master’s degree at the University of Memphis. This is a four-year program tailored to math and science teachers, providing us with professional development to enrich how we teach students math and science. One invaluable teaching method I have learned in this program is the discovery-learning model. This innovative approach encourages students to discover learning through the use of technology, math investigations, exploration activities, and real world projects. The teacher has a role who serves as someone who facilitates learning versus a “sage on the stage.” With the TI-Nspire calculators, students are able to combine and link various representations of graphs, geometry, algebraic expressions, data tables, and text. In addition, students are able to actually move graphs, data, and various mathematical representations, which allow for learner exploration. Having the TI-Nspires allow for a more efficient model of a self-directed learning approach in my class.

b. Conceptualizing Mathematics – Math is so much more than just rote memorization and knowing formulas. When students can conceptualize mathematics, they can come up with an idea about how and why math works. The TI-Nspire calculators come with software that have math labs that provide guidance and direction for explorations. These labs encourage students to formulate conclusions about topics. The result is more cognitive work being placed on the student to allow him to develop his critical thinking skills, which allows for a conceptualized understanding of how and why math works. Being that the math labs are real world application challenges, the labs increase student engagement. Naturally, this engagement fuels the desire to want to know why math works which leads to the conceptualization of the subject matter.

c. Assessment Feedback – With the navigator system feature on the TI-Nspire calculators, students can wirelessly submit a variety of assessments. These assessments range from short answer, free response, graphing, or multiple choice which enable me to provide immediate feedback. This will be helpful for my students to know if they are on track to master a given objective. It will also help me to quickly adjust my instruction so that students are able to get the best support. During whole group discussions, students can privately submit responses through their calculators. This eliminates the public discomfort of getting an answer incorrect. Often with whole group discussions, there are some students that do not contribute as much and some students dominate the conversation. With the TI-Nspire, I can give students time to submit their individual answers to whole group questions before we discuss in class. This ensures 100% of students will participate in whole group discussions.

e. Individualized Learning – Each student works at a different pace. Having Chromebooks in class will give students the autonomy to review a skill not yet mastered, or explore a topic in depth they might have found interesting. Having access to online videos and tools will aid students as they work in class. The high level interventions available with Chromebooks will further differentiate the learning and pace.

f. Persistent Problem Solvers – One of my class goals is for students to be “persistent problem solvers.” This means they might not know an answer to a problem, but they will use all possible resources to figure out the solution and will work tirelessly to solve it. I believe the use of technology in my class will allow for students to exhaust all possible resources as they become efficient problem solvers. It will also develop and promote skills in mathematics visualization exploration.

Back Up Plan

If we don't reach our entire goal we will...

buy as many TI-Nspire calculators as possible for my students to use in class.

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Comments (4)

Brittany Powers July 22, 2014

Good Luck Erin!!

Kalli Harrell July 21, 2014

Erin Johnson is the woman! One of the best math teachers I know! I can't wait to see how this impacts our students at Soulsville!

kontji anthony July 15, 2014

What an amazing cause!!!

Bryan Hearn June 13, 2014

Ms. Johnson is a fantastic teacher, and Soulsville has amazing students and families. I'm looking forward to the impact this project will have on our students' learning!

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About the Creator

My name is Erin L. Johnson, and I have been a teacher at The Soulsville Charter School for four years in the mathematics department. I teach Pre Calculus and Personal Finance. The Soulsville Charter School is a tuition-free, public charter school located in Memphis, Tennessee. We serve approximately 600 students in grades 6-12. Our mission is to prepare students for “college and life success in an academically rigorous environment.” Our core values are Community, Respect, Integrity, Scholarship, and Empathy. Of the three graduating classes from Soulsville, each has accomplished the honor of having 100% of its class being accepted into a four-year college. My vision for each child I teach is that they grow to become self-directed learners thirsting for knowledge and advocating for their education. I am passionate about providing sound educational opportunities and exposure to my students that mold them into self-directed learners. Instilling these values in my students will allow them to be successful individuals in college as I have witnessed first hand these attributes in my former students who come back and talk to me about their experiences in college. I recently had one student say “no one babies you in college.” Another student told me they had to “learn to take responsibility to study and complete homework.” While these students have adapted, some cannot as easily make that transition. To further assist with this transition, students must be placed in an environment where they can learn at a pace that is challenging but most impactful for their individualized needs. This can be difficult to achieve in a high-level math course as some students quickly pick up concepts and others struggle with foundational skills. A student directed learning model would help students learn at a pace that is challenging, comfortable, and self-directed. It would also allow my students to become persistent problem solvers. I hope that the bigger impact of this outcome would result in my students making better decisions about their future as they get a more realistic sense of being in control of the choices they can make.

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