

Description of procedure for carrying out lesson lab
 Get students familiar with calculators and software
 Students should work in groups of two or three
 Worksheet should guide students through activity
 Assessment by quiz, observation, oral presentation, or grading of
worksheets
 Studentled presentations of lesson exercises to the whole class
 Teachers use calculators as reinforcements to traditional instruction
Problems teachers faced while teaching the lesson to their students
 Limited time during class
 Lack of calculator knowledge among students
 Length of time adjusted for level of students
 Lack of overhead display for demonstrations
 Students don't have easy access to computers
 Inability to edit downloaded labs (if in .pdf form)
 Technology (calculators/software) not available
 Students distracted by online websites and games.
Students' mathematical responses and personal reactions to the
lesson
 Students enjoyed the change of pace presented by the lesson
 Students were challenged by the investigation
 Visual and handson approach helped students to comprehend the
mathematics involved
 The lesson was used as reinforcement for the classroom objectives
 Students found the lab to be relevant to their learning
 Students able to apply lab content to other learning situations
 Some students complained about having to use technology (calculator
anxiety)
 Some students did not delve into project, and did only minimum
work
 Some students worked together well for a common goal, but typical
problems existed with groupwork (one person doing all work, others exhibiting offtask behavior)t
 Students experienced difficulty in translating mathematical concepts into
real life applications
 With lots of preparation, students were able to make the connection
from traditional instruction to using the calculator
Lab assessment / goals met
 Student survey or written comments
 Traditional formal assessment (quiz, test, discussion)
 Student presentations
 Teacher observation of student interaction within groups
 Some groups did written summary of their work
 Informal or formal rubrics
 Goals were achieved
5) Suggestions for improvement
 More student preperation time in calculator or software usage prior to lesson
 Check to make certain all equipment works, doublecheck the availability and quantity
of resources needed
 Have students extend lesson lab
 Use the lab as a reinforcement of topic, rather than new learning
 Planning, planning, planning
6) Other comments
 The calculator is a good manipulative that reinforces classroom
concepts
 Teachers would like more labs, categorized for future use
 Teachers and students appreciate seeing other teacher
works/approaches.
 The workshop/retreat needs to be held later in the school year
 Difficulty with downloading lesson labs encountered, due to school "technology
firewalls"
 Have additonal copy in Adobe or Word format
 Lesson labs recently not found on server
