I am a student teacher in my final year of University in a midsize Canadian city. I want to be a math teacher in order to break students' misconceptions about mathematics and show them how fun math can be.

Thursday, 21 June 2012

Practicum Placement!

I finally received my practicum placement for my final year!  I am at a fair size high school that I know little about but I have heard good things about.  This particular high school is increasing the integration of technology in their classrooms by requiring certain grades to bring some type of computer (iPad, laptop, etc.) to class.  I have never student taught, or even been in a classroom, that contained so much technology and required teachers and students to use this technology fairly regularly.  I believe the students are supposed to use these devices to take notes and complete other classroom activities in lieu of using massive amounts of paper.  I am not sure how this is going to work in a Mathematics classroom... I am capable of typing math equations either using word or latex, although latex I find more difficult as I do not use it as much.  Besides the note taking, being able to use various apps and visual demonstrations to explain mathematical concepts and help students understand the beauty and importance of mathematics will much easier now that each student will have their own device.  I am excited to be able to share various videos and apps that I have found over the years with students and help them succeed in math class.  I guess I will just have to wait and find out how I am expected to use technology in the classroom! 

I have already contacted the vice principal of this school and set up a meeting in late August to meet my cooperating teacher/teachers? (the Canadian version of a mentoring teacher).  Sometimes the schools wish to meet the student teachers earlier... but I guess I am waiting until August to find out what grades I am going to be teaching!  For now I will just look for ideas for any high school math class... 

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