Something else that has resulted though is that the Smartboard has changed my teaching. Here's how:
- The projector provides me with a visual anytime I want. As a result, I teach few concepts without having visual support. But because the visuals are always on the Smartboard, it has become the focus of attention and I often find that I am as well. So in a way, I think my teaching has become a little more traditional but...
- There is a great deal more interactivity when I am the focus. That's the purpose of the Smartboard--it gets kids out of their seats to manipulate the objects on the screen. One of the reasons I've become more traditional is that I make every effort to take advantage of this interactivity. My kids are always out of their seats manipulating objects on the screen. As a result, my lessons have forced kids to be able to categorize, analyze, etc. which means...
- There is a greater effort to make kids think critically. Today my math students were given three triangles. They had to look at the triangles, identify their properties, and then slide them under the correct heading (e.g. all sides congruent, one obtuse angle, no sides congruent). After they had them under the correct headings, they then had to classify the triangle. We repeated this exercise with quadrilaterals.
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