Graduate Fellows in K-12 Education Lesson Title: Journal Prompts Discipline Focus: General Grade level: Length of lesson: Stage 1 – Desired Results Academic and Content Standard(s): National Science Education Standards: Minnesota Academic Standards for Science 2009: Benchmark Code: Understanding (s)/goals: Essential Question(s): Students will understand: Student objectives (outcomes): Students will be able to: Stage 2 – Assessment Evidence Performance Task(s): Other Evidence: Journal entries Stage 3 – Learning Plan Learning Activities: Materials and Resources: Introductory Activities: Developmental Activities: Closing Activities: Beyond the Project Journal Task Completed Task # (X) 1. Identify a subject/topic. Graduate Fellows in K-12 Education 2. Find subject/topic in recent media/current events. Cut and paste newspaper article or print from online and paste into journal. Write a brief summary of the article. 3. Find topic/subject in our Duluth or NE Minnesota community and write about it. 4. Identify jobs that use this subject area. Interview a professional who uses this subject area/skill. Write some questions for your interview. Write down some of the highlights of your interview. 5. Visit a place where this subject area is used and write about your visit. 6. Write about what you struggle with while learning this subject? What successes have you had? 7. What questions or curiosities do you still have about this subject? 8. Include related pictures, artwork, poetry, stories, etc. related to your subject and your investigations. Make your journal fun to look at too! 9. How has this Beyond the Project Journal and investigation helped you meet your goals in this subject area? Graduate Fellows in K-12 Education Beyond the Project Journal Field Trip / Interview Ideas Math and Science Emily Bjonnes at UMD Geology Dept. She uses statistics to model Impact events on Venus Lindsay Dietrich at UMD Math Dept. She uses statistics to predict what team will win the World Series in Baseball John Pastor at UMD Biology Dept. He models nutrient cycles that influence Moose Health Carpenters and Crafters: Geometry and Physics True Ride/ skate ramps and cutting boards Whiskeyjack paddles Pharmacist, Farmers, EPA, Large Lakes Observatory, Musicians, Architects, Doctors, Business Owners, … Spanish/ Foreign Languages Sally Teaching at a Bilingual School in Wisconsin Brian Mirsch Works in Various countries for Ikonics, volunteered in the Peace Corps in the Dominican Republic Meet a UMD student or neighbor from China, India, Ghana, Mexico, … History Tom Peacock at UMD dept. of Education and American Indian Studies Meet/Interview an Elder relative or Neighbor over 65 years old Immigration Influences on: local Music, Food, Culture English Sam Cook at Duluth News Tribune He writes outdoors articles and short stories UMD creative writing professors Danny Brown at Whiskeyjack Paddles Graduate Fellows in K-12 Education Website design and Advertising for paddle company Graduate Fellows in K-12 Education Name___________________________Period______ Goal Area # 1____________________________________ List specific skills or strategies that will help you to make improvements in this goal area. 1. 2. 3. 4. Ideas of skills and strategies that you can use to improve grades work with a tutor work in a study group study before quizzes and tests take notes in class and review notes in Directed Studies organize homework and update planner in Directed Studies make flashcards to review vocabulary use websites to practice skills (such as math or spanish websites with quizzes) come prepared each day and stay on task—dedicate a certain amount of time to goal areas attend before or after school tutoring labs Graduate Fellows in K-12 Education Reflection Questions Due Thursday Nov. 15 - Please choose and answer 3 of the following reflection tasks/questions. - Circle the three tasks/questions you have chosen. - Answer each task/question as fully as you can; this should be at least one full page, total. 1. Write about a success you have had in your goal area this semester. Why were you successful? 2. Do you get your work in on time? Why or why not? 3. Do you ask questions in class when you do not understand something? Why or why not? 4. Is it easy or hard for you to ask for help? Why? 5. Where do you work best at school? Why? 6. Where do you work best at school? Why? 7. Graduating from high school with a good academic record can lead to many good opportunities. Write about what you would like to do after you graduate. 8. What do you see yourself doing in seven years? Graduate Fellows in K-12 Education Math math.com freemathhelp.com purplemath.com sosmath.com algebra.com (pre-algebra, algebra and geometry) Spanish spaleon.com (verb conjugations) studyspanish.com/freesite.htm uts.cc.utexas.edu/~annw/gramatica.html (ser/estar, por/para, etc.) phs.d214.org/russell/sites/ (French and Spanish with Mr. Russell) uni.edu/becker/verbs.html Journal QUESTION/PROMPT -Find a website (from the list above, or from your own search) that explains a concept you were taught in a GOAL AREA class last week. Read the material. Print the material from that website (tape into your journal). Read the material again. Do you think this could have helped you with your homework last week? (Try to write at least 1/2 page). Graduate Fellows in K-12 Education Journal Prompt for March 6 10 Points Think about your goal area (or a different class in which your grade is lower than you would like) and the green sheet that you completed this week. Consider that you have just over two weeks until mid-term, and create a plan to prepare for mid-term. Respond in your journal to the following: 1. How will you study for items that you do not completely understand? Some ideas listed below: go to tutoring meet with teacher before or after school work with Sally in Directed Studies use various websites to supplement notes study with friends (meet at the library or coffee shop after school) other organize and color-code your notes 2. In addition to your goal area, are there other areas of concern for you as you approach mid- term? 3. Think about skills/strategies that have been working well for you this semester—list them in your journal and discuss how you can build on these. Graduate Fellows in K-12 Education Journal Assignment—Two Parts Part One—Due by end of class Monday, March 17 Create a work plan or priority list for work this week using the calendar below. Identify major assignments/studying that you will work on in Directed Studies each day. Also, indicate if you plan to attend tutoring any day this week (either before or after school). Start assignment early! Be proactive, and don't put things off—demonstrate to Sara or Sally some time this week that you have started at least one assignment early. (This can include preparing for a mid-term.) Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Part Two—Due by the end of class Thursday, March 20 Respond to the following questions in your journal. Reflect back on your week and your work plan/priority list. Were you able to keep to your schedule? Why or why not? Was it helpful? Did you start one assignment early? Was it helpful? Is this something you do on a regular basis? Why or why not? Graduate Fellows in K-12 Education STUDY TIPS We wanted to follow-up with y'all on your last journal reflection assignment question #4. How do you study for a big test? Here are some strategies that you might find helpful. Remember, different types of tests require different study strategies; also, people's brains work differently, so different people will find success with different strategies. First : WHAT WILL THE TEST BE LIKE? -Know what material will be covered (i.e. unit 4, material from Oct. 25-Nov. 30, or cumulative = all material covered in the class) -Know the format of the test (multiple choice, short answer, essay, 5 problems, 30 problems, proofs, notes allowed, time limit?) Second: STUDYING STRATEGIES -Work in an appropriate study place: limit your distractions. -Review notes (highlight key points and vocabulary; color code) The earlier you get started on note review, the better. -Re-write key Vocabulary, Diagrams, Points onto a condensed “MUST KNOW” sheet or notecards -Mnemonic devices (good for memorizing lists or categorized groups) ex: Great Lakes – HOMES (Huron Ontario Michigan Erie Superior) -Make a formula sheet with all necessary formulas: good for math and sciences (sometimes you can use this on a test) -For Essay tests: Identify major themes or content areas (categories) Find key supporting evidence for arguments Memorize those key points/evidence -Study in a group This is a great strategy for any kind of test. You and your classmates can usually help each other fill in any gaps of knowledge/ understanding you might have. You learn best when you are teaching! You can also come up with questions for your teacher (best if you can ask them at least a day before the test!). -ASK YOUR TEACHER TO CLARIFY ANY CONCEPTS that are CLEAR AS MUD TO YOU Third: TEST DAY -Be well rested and well fed (Your brain will work best this way.) -Try to stay relaxed (Take some long deep breaths if you tend to get nervous.) -As my friend says, “Show off what you know” (Give it your best shot; be glad when it's over and you know you have done your best.) Graduate Fellows in K-12 Education THE END IS IN SIGHT!!! FINISHING A SEMESTER WELL Journal Entry ~ Reflection Week of November 26, 2007 Please answer the following questions. You should write at least one page total in answering questions 3 and 4. 1. List all major projects and/or presentations you have between now and the end of the semester. __________________________________________________________________________ __________________________________________________________________________ __________________________________________________________________________ __________________________________________________________________________ __________ 2. List all major tests you will have between now and the end of the semester. __________________________________________________________________________ __________________________________________________________________________ __________________________________________________________________________ __________________________________________________________________________ __________ 3. Is it hard or easy for you to start on a big project? Why? Name a few things you need to do to finish a project you are working on now. 4. How do you study for a big test? Name one new study method you can try for an upcoming test; try it when your test comes! Graduate Fellows in K-12 Education Journal Reflection ~~~~~~~ Why I Try ~~~~~~ Due Thursday, April 3 This week we would like you to think about WHAT MOTIVATES YOU to DO YOUR BEST WORK. While we want you to reflect on how you can do your best work at school, you might want to think about what makes you DO YOUR BEST WORK in other settings (on teams or with other groups, volunteering, at a job, learning an instrument or sport outside of school, at home, etc.). Please write at least 1 page in your journal. Here are some specific questions you might try to answer: - What makes me work hard? -academically? -other situations? - What inspires me at school? (class styles, types of homework, something a teacher does, etc.) - My best schoolwork has been in ____ class or on ____ project b/c _____. - My reward for hard work in school is ____. As your teachers, we hope to learn something about you that might help us serve you better. Remember, teachers are your advocates! They really want to see you succeed individually and realize you are each very different! Part II. Find an adult who you deem is successful. Ask them to do write their own response to the above journal prompt; what motivates them now as adults? Also, ask them to reflect upon WHAT THEY WERE LIKE AS A HIGH SCHOOL STUDENT. Then, write your own thought about how they responded. You might also like to interview the adult (rather than have them give a written response). Enjoy!
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