

Summary for Middle Schools
Overall experience:
All of the participants
in Project Akron Web felt this was a positive experience, worthwhile and
beneficial for the students. The following suggestions are to be taken
into consideration when planning and implementing these lesson labs:
Procedures used in
implementing lesson plan:
 Planning and
preparation are extremely important.
 Explicit directions, previously
taught knowledge and skills, and review of prior knowledge are necessary.
 Allow significant time to practice any new skills prior to teaching the lesson.
 Flexibility also needs to be present during the lesson.
 Technology was not always available, so the lesson lab has to be adapted to work with the available technology.
 The lesson should also be adapted to
varying levels of objectives.
Problems faced in
teaching lesson:
 Lack of technological
resources.
 Different calculators have different functions. Ideally all students should work with the same calculator/software, and with a lesson that uses that particular technology.
 Lack of technological support can occur.
 Students sometimes feel embarassed when
technologically challenged!
 Lessons do not tie into the
current curriculum.
 Some students use a calculator as a crutch,
not a tool.
 Students want to use technology but do not have full
conceptual understanding of the topics.
Mathematical
Responses and personal reactions:
 Students responded
positively to surveys and thanked their teachers for creating and carrying
out the lesson.
 Some students generated their own exercises, which was a positive
activity that showed the students' interest in the IB lessons.
 Students were
generally interested in group work and technology.
 Students were excited
and gained confidence using the calculator; they were excited that they were able to solve the problems.
Assessment:
 Student generated
problems were used as board work and on quizzes.
 Teachergenerated oral
assessment was used.
 Students assessed the finished work themselves.
 Student assisted reteaching was beneficial in determining ownership.
 Goals were met over both the long and the short
term.
Suggestions:
 Expand lessons to include ones with more elaborate
problems.
 Have students work in pairs.
 Have more precise time
guidelines.
 Consider how much time you
spend on each part of the lesson. When do you move on?
 Make more generic instructions not
dependent on a certain or specific technology.
 More preparation should be made before taking
the students to the computer lab.
 Reteach the skills learned in these lessons at a
later time, at a more advanced level.
 Basic math concepts should be
introduced before the lesson lab is implemented.
 Alter labs to accomodate disabled students, as well as varying levels of
student learning.
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