4. VERSION 2Class DescriptionOur math program focuses on engaging students in understanding the fundamental concepts of the mathtopics first and foremost and then applying those concepts in a variety of different ways includingteacher-directed learning, math projects, cooperative group activities, and reinforcement of skills learnedthrough homework. In Pre-algebra this term we covered Variables, Expression, Integers, Factors,Exponents, Rational Numbers, Probability and Percents. Students who feel they have mastered topics areprovided with a Problem of the Week (POW) that challenges them to reach a higher-level understandingof the math topic covered. Students are assessed through weekly quizzes that measure understanding ofthe weekly topic (75%) as well as an end-of-term exam that calls for students to integrate the math topicslearned (25%).Comments:Michelle displays a strong number sense and is an active, enthusiastic, participant in our group mathactivities. She particularly enjoys our Mental Math showdowns where she gets to work with teammatesComment [O14]: Classroom scheduleshould not be a part of assessment – thisinformation is needed by student andfamily at the start of the term.Comment [O15]: Teacher assumesreader knows what a POW is.Comment [O16]: “Good” and“Strong” are two words that should beused sparingly as they frequently providelittle meaning.Comment [O17]: Is a B+ mastery atyour school? Every schools should haveagreement on the definition.Comment [O18]: Typo that passesspell check!Comment [O19]: Repeat ofinformation given in class description.Comment [O20]: Be cautious usingpredictive language.Comment [O21]: Cliché endingComment [O22]: Articulation ofcurricular program has value if outsideaudiences (e.g., other schools) will bereading reports.Comment [O23]: Acronym is definedfor reader. Purpose of POW is included.Comment [O24]: Specificinformation on how the assessment ismade and grade is determined isincluded.Comment [O25]: Descriptivelanguage helps paint a picture ofMichelle as a learner.Comment [O26]: Example supportstatements.
6. sentence, and paragraph. The story is in the details, but you already know that.Comment [O30]: The first paragraphestablishes the student’s learning theme.The reader can visualize her as anengaged, yet somewhat passiveobserver. Consider what a parent,teacher, or admission director, learnsabout this student from the descriptionbeyond what can be gained from a lettergrade.Comment [O31]: Generalizeddescription of strength is followed byspecific skills.Comment [O32]: Example providesclear summation of student’s abilityusing few words.Comment [O33]: Personalizedending provides affirmation of student’own goalsBulletin boardFrom Wikipedia, the free encyclopediaJump to: navigation, searchFor other uses, see Bulletin board (disambiguation)."Pinboard" redirects here. For the bookmarking website, see Pinboard (website). This article does not cite any references or sources. Please help improve this article by adding citations to reliable sources. Unsourced material may be challenged and removed. (December 2007) Look up bulletin board or notice board in Wiktionary, the free dictionary.Well-used bulletin board on the Infinite Corridor at MIT, November 2004.
7. Cork, a common bulletin board materialA bulletin board (pinboard, pin board, noticeboard, or notice board in British English) is asurface intended for the posting of public messages, for example, to advertise items wanted orfor sale, announce events, or provide information. Bulletin boards are often made of a materialsuch as cork to facilitate addition and removal of messages, or they can be placed on computernetworks so people can leave and erase messages for other people to read and see.Bulletin boards are particularly prevalent at universities. They are used by many sports groupsand extracurricular groups and anything from local shops to official notices. Dormitory corridors,well-trafficked hallways, lobbies, and freestanding kiosks often have cork boards attached tofacilitate the posting of notices. At some universities, lampposts, bollards, trees, and walls oftenbecome impromptu posting sites in areas where official boards are sparse in number.Internet forums are becoming a global replacement for traditional bulletin boards. Online bulletinboards are sometimes referred to as message boards. The terms bulletin board, message boardand even Internet forum are interchangeable, although often one bulletin board or message boardcan contain a number of Internet forums or discussion groups. An online board can serve thesame purpose as a physical bulletin board.Magnet boards, or magnetic bulletin boards, are a popular substitute for cork boards because theylack the problem of board deterioration from the insertion and removal of pins over time.Creating Interactive Bulletin Board Displays with StudentsIn addition to adding color to a classroom, defining classroom goals and policies, andshowcasing student work, bulletin boards can be interactive teaching tools. Bulletin boards canbe “another teacher” in your classroom. Bulletin boards that change periodically to reflect newlessons help visual learners better understand new material, reinforce new words and concepts,and challenge students to participate in new ways.
8. Using Bulletin Boards to TeachBulletin boards can be education tools as well as colorful decorations. Teachers can use bulletinboards to teach math, language arts, geography, and other disciplines. Bulletin boards canintroduce new topics and generate student interest. A bulletin board with dinosaur bones, forexample, can introduce a unit on dinosaurs. Students assemble the bones into the skeleton of adinosaur, either on their own or step-by-step, adding a bone as they complete another activity sothat the skeleton emerges piece by piece. A math bulletin board might give the answer to aproblem and challenge students to create all the problems they can think of with that answer.Bulletin boards are also self-teaching tools for students. Teachers design learning activities usingthe boards and movable parts affixed to them and students can move from board to board duringfree or quiet time to complete the activity. Students can add their own literary compositions toblank bulletin boards or respond to prompts given by the teacher. Students can also voice theiropinions on bulletin boards, voting on favorite books and recommending reading material toothers.Bulletin boards used as word walls can be powerful vocabulary-building tools. As students areexposed to new vocabulary, key vocabulary words are added gradually to the wall. Teachersfacilitate review activities to practice the new words. Activities that allow students to interactwith the word wall, such as those that involve moving the words to different categories orlocations on the wall, help students understand and retain the new vocabulary. • Using Bulletin Boards: This site explains how bulletin boards can be used for different purposes • Rethinking the Bulletin Board: How to use bulletin boards to teach. • Word Walls: How to create and use a word wall with your students.Interactive Bulletin BoardsBulletin boards that challenge students to interact with them can engage them in the learningprocess more effectively than static display bulletin boards. Static bulletin boards can becomesimply part of the classroom décor after a few weeks, while interactive bulletin boards thatchange according to topical lesson plans can hold student interest and help different kinds oflearners assimilate the new material in their own way and at their own pace. By allowingstudents to help create bulletin boards and to interact with them, students take ownership of theclassroom and of their own learning experience. Students are challenged to be active learners andto actively seek out new information, to create new artwork, or to achieve higher grades that willbe displayed on the boards.Students can respond to prompts issued by the teacher to help create the boards. For example,students can bring in or draw pictures of words that begin with a certain letter, or items of acertain color, and post them to the board. The teacher can then prompt students to rearrange thematerial according to new categories. For example, items that begin with the letter “D” can thenbe rearranged by categories such as “animals”, “things”, and “people”. Bulletin boards can be
9. self-quizzes that students help create. Students can be the “experts” on part of a topic or bookand create questions or clues that are posted on the bulletin board. After providing time forstudents to research the answers, the original posters place their answers underneath thequestions. Students then move from board to board to lift the flaps and grade their quizzes. • Interactive Concepts: Details the different levels of interaction possible with bulletin boards. • Making Interactive Bulletin Boards: Examples of what interactive bulletin boards are and how students interact with them.Creating Bulletin Boards with StudentsStudents can interact with bulletin boards by helping to create them or to provide their content.Students can create bulletin boards by working together to create small pieces of a larger projectand piecing them together to form a completed whole. Students can work together to make a mapof a region under study, filling in mountains, rivers, cities, indigenous groups, and other featuresas they are discussed in class. Students can work together to create great works of artby painting, drawing, or making a collage of a section of a famous work of art that will then bepieced together with other student works to create the larger finished masterpiece. Building acastle or house, a nature or farm scene, or “building” an animal lets students take the lead inlearning about a new topic and giving them a finished product to display, which helps them takeownership of their learning experience.Students can also provide the content of bulletin boards. Reader’s choice bulletin boards allowstudents to recommend favorite books and voting bulletin boards let students voice their opinionson books, movies, or artwork. Students write and post questions about their reading material orthe current lesson to question bulletin boards and other students can discuss and post answers.Interacting with bulletin boards after their creation is important to reinforce learning. Simplereview activities led by the teacher, such as question and answer games, can keep studentattention focused on the board and help cement new concepts. Answer quests, in which studentsmust move from board to board to find the answers to questions, can also help review material.Moving the pieces of the bulletin boards to categorize the information differently, such asmoving the animals in a farm scene into groups according to color or size, can keep the materialfresh. • Creating Bulletin Boards: How interactive bulletin boards work and how to involve students. Site includes examples of interactive bulletin boards with explanations of how to implement them. • Interactive Bulletin Boards : Interactive bulletin board examples and explanations of how students get involved in their creation.Interactive Bulletin Board Ideas • Middle School Math: Bulletin board examples for middle to early high school mathematics, including information on how to create the board and how to use it interactively with students.
10. • K-8 Mathematics: Interactive bulletin board ideas and instructions for kindergarten through eighth grade mathematics.• Kindergarten Bulletin Boards: Interactive bulletin board ideas on a variety of subjects for kindergarten teachers.• Elementary Ideas: Bulletin board ideas to get everyone involved. Suitable for early elementary school.• Elementary Bulletin Boards: Interactive bulletin board ideas for elementary school classrooms. Site also includes math and language arts bulletin board ideas.• Library Bulletin Boards: Bulletin board ideas for library science, many challenge students to read more books.• Reading Bulletin Boards: Interactive ideas to get students more involved in reading. Suitable for later elementary and middle school.• Word Walls: Word walls can be used as bulletin boards. These walls help students learn vocabulary and spelling.• Concept Question Board: This bulletin board challenges students to engage material outside the classroom.• Multiplication Table Bulletin Board: A bulletin board idea to help students learn multiplication tables.• Dinosaur Bulletin Board: An interactive bulletin board about dinosaurs integrated into a multi- day lesson plan about dinosaurs. Suitable for early elementary school students.• Bulletin Board Baseball: Uses a bulletin board decorated as a baseball diamond to help students solve math problems.• Butterfly Bulletin Board: How to create an interactive bulletin board on butterfly anatomy, integrated within a larger lesson plan. Can be adapted for other animals.• Native American Bulletin Board: An interactive bulletin board integrated into a larger lesson on Native Americans.