I am currently a senior at UT Tyler. I will be graduating in December 2020 with a bachelor's in elementary education. I want to be a teacher so I can impact student's lives in a positive way. I want to push and challenge student's to learn and be successful.
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Sun, Feb 23, 2020 9:49 AM in New Teacher
As a new teacher, I am struggling to create lesson plans that fit every student's individual needs. What is the best way to make sure each child's needs are met so they can learn in the classroom environment?
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Tue, Apr 14, 2020 5:30 PM Science 101: What Causes the Different States of Matter? Review
I chose this article because it was very complex, and had a lot of information to learn from. I thought this would be a great read for me as a future teacher. I learned quite a few new things. I learned that iron can actually be turned into iron vapor under a certain temperature and amount of pressure. The TEK that I found that matches this information is
Matter and energy.
The student knows that matter has measurable physical properties and those properties determine how matter is classified, changed, and used.
The student is expected to: measure, compare, and contrast physical properties of matter, including mass, volume, states (solid, liquid, gas), temperature, magnetism, and the ability to sink or float.
I could have students do the activity mentioned in the article to model the different molecules in each state of matter. One thing that I really enjoyed about this article is that it was very extensive about each state of matter and had a lot of good resources. The information might be overwhelming to a student because it is a lot, but there are many great thing that can be taken from this article.
Tue, Apr 14, 2020 5:00 PM Early Years: A Lesson on Living Organisms Review
I chose this article because it had a lesson plan template already mapped out for a lesson on living organisms. It was also a hands-on activity which I like, because I feel like younger students will be more engaged. One thing that I learned throughout this lesson plan is that seeds need a certain amount of space to grow. As old as I am, this is something I never knew! I do not have a green thumb. One TEK that I found that goes along with this lesson plan is
Organisms and environments.
The student knows that plants and animals have basic needs and depend on the living and nonliving things around them for survival.
The student is expected to: examine evidence that living organisms have basic needs such as food, water, and shelter for animals and air, water, nutrients, sunlight, and space for plants.
I would use this TEK in my classroom when I use this lesson template. I would first introduce the basic things mentioned in the TEK above and then participate in the students planting seeds, and observing the plants grow. One thing that I do not like about this article, is that the lesson plan call for a sort of "trial and error." Students are expected to plant seeds without knowing anything about plants, and hoping they grow. I would switch this lesson plan around and have some information introduced before allowing students to plant seeds.
Tue, Apr 14, 2020 4:13 PM Layer-Cake Earth Review
I chose this article because of the activity it had. I really like hands-on activities for students to learn from, and this article really stuck out to me because of that. I learned new information regarding the corrosion of different sediments, and how important it is for students to understand that. These students need to study the layers of the earth, and the best way for them to learn is through a hands-on activity. The TEK I found for this lesson is 6.10.A-
Earth and Science:
The student is expected to: build a model to illustrate the compositional and mechanical layers of Earth, including the inner core, outer core, mantle, crust, asthenosphere, and lithosphere;
I could use this information for students to study and research the different layers of earth. Once they have completed this activity, the students could then build a model that represents what is outlined in the TEK. One of the things that I agree with in this article is that it allows students to perform higher-level thinking. I really like how this lesson can be adapted and introduce other aspects of earth's layers.
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