What if we could spark innovation using technology ?
Mrs. Girguis is located in a district that is implementing the Inquiry/Project-based learning model. She provides her students with inquiry labs, in which she utilizes small groups for collaboration and peer instruction.. The closest approach to this model is blended learning, but that method makes little connection to Inquiry, PBL, or creativity in a middle school mathematics classroom.
Rose gives her students a voice and choice in their projects and encourages them to express their own creativity and interests, thereby allowing them to develop their own motivations. She provides personalized learning experiences via differentiated instruction and innovative teaching strategies, which are made possible with the growing educational technology that is available.
Mrs. Girguis has also enrolled her students in the Learn Storm Competition by Khan Academy. This site allows her to design instruction that is visually stimulating, and to incorporate games such as xpmath.com in her classroom, which makes learning more fun. Her students demonstrate their learning of the material with a variety of modalities.
Rose is using the flip-class model (once called the inverted model) and takes advantage of the class time freed up by this model for Inquiry/Discovery work, and projects which provide her students with opportunities for deeper learning and problem-solving.