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Week 9 Response: Matt Vaudrey

Blog post: Teacher 4 a Day- Reflection


This post immediately caught my eye because it just sounded like a totally awesome lesson. And after reading his post about it, I definitely cannot wait until the day I can do this in my own classroom! Letting your students be “teacher for a day” accomplishes so much in one assignment. This activity really made me think of what PDP has done in shaping my own ideas about math and how students interact with it. I know that I have come so far in my own mathematical understanding while I have gone through the process of planning a lesson and to be able to give me students the same opportunity definitely excites me. I always knew that I was “good” at math, but teaching it has shown me deeper understandings into the concepts than I ever could have gotten as just a student. This is the perfect activity to go alongside bloom’s taxonomy, because it activates that highest order of thinking. Students need to evaluate the needs of other students and the work that they are going to present them and create a lesson that will accomplish their learning goals. It also gives students an excellent opportunity to participate in peer evaluation not only in their exit slips that they had to include but also in the other students’ presentations. I can’t wait to try this out!


About Nicole Bencze

I am an awesome newish math teacher who calls Delta School District her home. I'm crazy in love with math and there's no place in this world I'd rather be than in a classroom showing my kidlets how amazing it can be! Outside of teaching I'm quite the coffee addict and I live inside the fandom universe falling in love again and again with Lord of the Rings, Harry Potter, Mortal Instruments, Twilight, Hunger Games, Percy Jackson, Game of Thrones, Sherlock, Doctor Who, and a ton more. My cat is my best friend and I'm way too invested in TV shows!

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  1. Nice to connect this to your own experiences of the value of teaching and how that has helped develop deeper understandings! I imagine that the first go-around with this probably won’t work quite as well as intended (just like Matt’s first couple of presenters), but once the standard gets set (mostly by them!), I’m sure it would turn out wonderfully. I think there’s a chance too that in anticipating that they’re going to have to do something at unit’s end, or some other interval, that they may take some even more ownership of their learning along the way. (2.5)


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