First, gather your entries from Journals 1-4 and re-read them, editing your original comments as desired. Highlight the questions that were most provocative or productive for you in thinking about connections. Are you satisfied with your responses, or do you have more to say about a particular topic now? If so, go for it.
Here are some questions for your final journal entry.
Questions to write and reflect about:
Three ways to write and reflect:
- Small changes can make a big difference. What one change in your classroom could you make to emphasize the connections between mathematical topics in your curriculum? Could you make that change the next time you walk into your classroom –– say, tomorrow? Why or why not?
- What one change in your classroom could you make to help students recognize the connections between the mathematical topics they are studying? Could you make that change the next time you walk into your classroom? Why or why not?
- Imagine that a video team is arriving tomorrow to tape your class as a study of connections in the mathematics classroom. What would the video show? What would you be proud of? What might you want to change?
- In terms of building on connections, where would you like to be as a teacher in a year from now? How might you get there? How will you know when you're actually there?
- How can you remain mindful of connections as you plan lessons and select problems? What specific techniques might work for you?
- Review your journal from Session 1, where you discussed your goals for this course. What have you accomplished? How can you build on this accomplishment as you grow as a teacher?
Be sure to save what you have written before you navigate out of the journal section.
- Use pen and paper.
- Use a word processor.
- Use the form below.
Thanks for writing in your journal. Please print this last entry and add it to Journals 1-4.
Congratulations -- you've completed the course!