Using a Slideshow
Have you ever made a slideshow to use to help model your math lesson? If you have, then you know they can be super handy. I know it takes a bit of work, however teaching from a slideshow gives me a bit of relief knowing exactly what I am teaching. I also like knowing that it is there for me ahead of time.
When you use a slide show, you want it to still stick with your daily math routine. Therefore, you want the slideshow to include fluency and concept development for your modeling.
The students can continue to complete your daily math assignments as they normally would after you teach from the slides and provide opportunities for active participation from the class.
When you teach using a slideshow you are also providing an enhanced engagement opportunity. Students are naturally drawn to the size, color, and light up of the smartboard. This also provides more visual stimulation than just using chart paper.
When the students are more engaged, you will in turn get more participation. This can really help you reach some of those students you must continuously draw back in during your lessons.
The drawback to using slideshows to present your lessons can definitely be the advanced preparation. Think about it, for each lesson, you have to type out each part of the lesson along with examples for students to solve during the active engagement. Don’t forget about including some graphics to make it interesting!
A solution for you could be to dig into the resources around you. Think of how other teachers may have already created the stock pile of slideshow presentations that you need to enhance your curriculum.
If you look around, you will see that YES there are these resources out there for you. I was happy to discover these PowerPoint presentations. These slideshows provide the lesson flow perfectly. I can choose by lesson, module, or entire year.
Having a resource like this in my math library is certainly a way to calm my stress about being planned ahead. I can rest easy knowing that I can simply review the slideshow and make some modifications even if needed! The slides can be removed or added. Then the font and theme are provided in a link in the description.
How Else can I Use Slideshows?
If you prefer not to teach from slideshows you can still use them in other ways. One way is to assign them into the Google Classroom. Here, students can access them on an individual basis. You can allow students to view slideshows and practice problems on a whiteboard while you are working with another group of students.
You can also allow students to work in partnerships with these slideshows. Often students are looking for ways to collaborate. When you assign students the slideshows and allow them to work together, you will see how great conversations and problem solving can develop.
Create a Resource Library
Once you are finished with a slideshow do not discard it. You want to build yourself a resource library. Be sure to clearly label and organize files in a folder. I would recommend being as specific as possible. You could create a folder for each module and keep each lesson slideshow for that module in that folder.
If you are teaching the same grade in the future, this will make it very easy to go back and draw on your previously used slideshows.
Using slideshows for mini lessons can relieve a lot of stress knowing you are well-planned for the lesson. They also continue to keep your students engaged during the lesson or can be given to students for independent practice.
Overall, I find using slideshows a wonderful addition to my Eureka Math curriculum! This process is still a work in progress for me for sure, but I have goals to work this system into my plans for me and any teacher that may be working in my classroom.
- Classroom Teacher
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