Artifact 1: TPE 8
Artifact 1 is a Student Interest Survey that I give at the beginning of the trimester. This survey helps me get to know student interests, goals, preferred learning styles, and background. Below is an example of how I use the information to inform my lesson planning. From the responses on this survey, I learned that most of my students had a high preference for tactile/kinesthetic learning. As a result, I incorporated more "hands-on" learning activities within lessons. The activity pictured below serves as an introduction to a lesson on potential and kinetic energy. The use a 6-foot section of foam tubing, a marble, and a meter stick. Students develop conceptual knowledge of the concepts by making connections between height, velocity, and energy in a system. TPE 8 states a teacher needs to understand that what they learn about students' interests, ideas, abilities, and goals can influence student interactions and student learning. Because of the Student Interest Survey, I was able to use that information to design an activity with consideration given to how best to motivate and engage students in learning. In this explore activity, students are given a chance to move around, work in groups, talk, and use their hands while learning. The standard for the lesson is: MS-PS3-2 Develop a model to describe that when an arrangement of objects at a distance changes, different amounts of potential energy are stored in a system (CTC, 2013).
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The students expressed an interest in hands-on learning. I used that information to plan a learning activity within the lesson.