Field Experience Watching Videos Essay MAE

Field Experience Project Guidelines Part One

Five field experience hours are required for MAE 4310.  Due to the lack of access to schools in Miami-Dade and Broward this semester, the field experience will involve video analyses of mathematics teaching.  You will complete part one of the assignment (explained below) the first week of class and part two of the assignment (explained later in the semester) during the final week of the class.  The purpose of the field experience video analysis is to demonstrate your proficiency in identifying the following:

  • How teachers support students productive struggle in mathematics,
  • Examples of teachers’ using responsive listening to support and extend student thinking,
  • Examples of meaningful mathematical discourse, and
  • Worthwhile mathematical tasks that promote reasoning and problem-solving.

One purpose of the field experience project will be to analyze how your thinking about instruction has changed from the beginning of the semester to the end.  Therefore, if you are confused about anything in the list above, do your best now, and be assured that you will learn a great deal about these four topics during the course.

Part One Field Experience Project

Due Date: September 1, 2020, before 2:00

Goals: The goal of part one of the project is to observe two classroom lessons and critically reflect on the role of the teacher in each lesson.

The questions below should help guide your thinking while you watch and reflect on the video.  I expect you will watch each video more than one time, and therefore, I have kept the videos relatively short.  In your response, you should address the four major questions and use the sub-questions to help you think about what to be looking for as you watch the video.  It is very important that you support your writing with evidence from the video.  I expect you to use direct quotes and specific explanations from the video throughout the paper.

Directions for the Written Reflection (click here  (Links to an external site.)for a template to assist while writing) :

Begin by writing general thoughts about the teaching you observed.  What were you thinking and feeling while watching the video?  What things did the teacher do that you viewed as positive?  What things were negatives?

After a general reflection, push yourself to think more critically about four important components of teaching mathematics (these will be explored in detail throughout the course so do the best you can at this point with what you currently understand about teaching math):

1. How did the teacher support students’ productive struggle in mathematics?

a. Is there evidence?

i. Students in the video were productively struggling while doing mathematics.

ii. The students were frustrated and struggling in unproductive ways.

iii.The students were not struggling.

2. Did teachers use responsive listening to support and extend student thinking?

a. What types of questions were being asked by the teacher?

b. What types of answers did these questions elicit from students?

c. How did the teacher respond to students who answered questions?

i. In your discussion, be sure to provide examples of some questions asked by      the teacher and the answers provided by the students to support your conclusions.

3. Did the teacher lead the students in meaningful discussions about mathematics?

a. Was the discussion productive?

b. Was the discussion mostly from the teacher to the students or between the teacher and students?

c. Was there discussion from student to student?

d. Who did most of the talking?

e. In what ways did the teacher use students’ voices to promote learning in the classroom?

4. Did the teacher assign worthwhile mathematical tasks that promote reasoning and problem-solving?

a. Did the tasks used in class promote reasoning?

b. Did the tasks used in class require students to problem solve (i.e. figure something out)?

c. Who was doing most of the work, the teacher, or the students?

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