The power of a visual is priceless! I truly believe that pictures do speak a 1000 words and as advertisements show time and time again, an image sells. So, over this last month, I have really worked to make visuals a conscience part of my lessons and work to incorporate visual literacy into my classroom. For instance, last week I spent a good 2 hours planning an 85 minute lesson on Permutations and Fundamental counting Theorem. It included some great visual images, a quick video clip, and other tidbits to capture the attention of the audience in my classroom. I felt it was a great lesson and the kids were quite engaged and seemed to take away a good understanding of the material. I definitely think the visuals helped and the video was a nice wrap up of the lesson. So, yeah for me.
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But the continually pressing question remains: How do we fit the time in our planning schedule to put together these high quality lessons for every class? And, what about that next step: to formulate those ideal lessons that will allow the students to search, discover the answers and create their own product that depicts their understanding of the concepts? If only I had ten more hours in my day to dedicate to this sort of awesome lesson planning! HELP! Is it me and my lack of search knowledge and digital brilliance, or is everyone having this issue?! I know it’s all part of the process of making that technological shift in the classroom to integrate multimedia and visual literacy, but right now I feel like I’m floating alone in my mathematical boat in this digital sea with a blurred sense of direction. Even though there has been a shift to more online resources and materials, our math curriculum doesn’t easily lend itself to the sort of technology based environment that is heading up this shift. So, how do I stay afloat in this tidal wave of technology and start to fully ride the wave on my mathematical surfboard? I know the answers. I need to Communicate, Colloborate, & begin to Create with my fellow surfers. But how do we find each other amist this vast ocean?