My mentor generally is bounded by the regulations the state gives her, as she is very careful to emphasize the topics that the seventh and eighth grade curriculum rely on for their lessons. With each activity, she highlights the activities that will better prepare them for not only the rest of their education career, and their position as future Doctors and future scientists. Topics such as matter and osmosis are crucial for their future careers, and those topics are often portrayed in manners that excite them about careers in medicine, such as pretending they're surgeons operating on Mr. Potato Head. Each lessons is strategically planted to intrigue the students to ask questions and to encourage curiosity among the students, so they believe learning is fun. She desires for the students to develop a passion for learning and science that they'll be able to carry with them throughout their entire lives. Once students reach sixth grade, the teachers generally refrain from holding the students hands, so most of the information is generally channeled through the students. When information becomes crucial, Mrs. Lane communicates to parents with a group e-mail to portray information to a mass amount of people. Additionally, she posts any information to her classroom webpage that she hopes parents check weekly or daily. This week students are furthering their knowledge on matter, and have done several experiments to test each of the laws. Recently, the students were given iPads to utilize during school. Although they are spectacular learning tools, there have been several incidents that are concerning to iPad safety, as science experiments and fragile pieces of technology are not very compatible. I think it will be interesting to see how the iPads are used, and how long they last.
The Map of the Learning World
Along with me as your tour guide, you'll also find I've added my daily journal entries, or blogs, to help guide you through the learning world. Feel free to check them out!