My story: I am a Social Science Teacher Certification student at Liberty University. My background as a Third Culture Kid has provided me with the background to reach a variety of students. In my time in Indonesia I have witnessed poverty and learned how the teachers there have overcome these shortcomings to produce a great learning environment. My time at Liberty University has allowed me to utilize my previous knowledge in my practicum at Liberty Christian Academy where there is a large number of international students. A background in Asian cultures helps me differentiate my instruction.
Interactive Student Response System
Kahoot is an amazing web based application that tests students in accuracy and speed. The students compete against each other in this review game. In this demonstration, my partner and I created a kahoot quiz over a lesson on Athens and Sparta. In this three question quiz, there is multiple choice and true false questions to differentiate review.
Flipped Classroom Lesson
This lesson applies a trend in schools where content is sent home with the student for them to study, usually in the form of a short instructional video. The work the students complete at home is then evaluated the following day. In this way, class time can be devoted to interactive activities such as projects or discussion. Flipped classrooms help the parents stay involved with their children's learning because they can spend a few minutes in the evening to cover the lesson with their child.
The goal of the interactive presentation was to bring a lesson to life. My partner and I chose to engage students in a quick survey of world history through virtual field trips. Using Nearpod as the tool to present our information, the students will enter the presentation and get to experience a first hand view of the Egyptian pyramids and the Roman Colosseum. Afterwards, the students take a brief quiz testing their memory of the connection between the building/structure and where it is found.
This lesson is structured so that it scaffolds the student's research process. In this lesson introducing World War 2, the student takes the initiative for their learning. The process is simple, given a task and a few resources the students will create a step by step presentation. Instead of giving the student the whole assignment at once, Webquests are designed to build a final product piece by piece. The first step in this Webquest is establishing background knowledge and event-specific knowledge. The next step is combining this into a presentation. Finally, the students will present their findings with an emphasis on connecting Hitler's actions to its effects throughout the war.