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How tall is that Jumbotron?
Transcript of How tall is that Jumbotron?
Have you ever asked the questions:
How tall is that?
What exactly would it take to figure out the height of that object?
The problem is the focus
Teacher facilitated, student centered
Provide students with choices
Enhance critical thinking
Universal Design for Learning (UDL)
"An innovative approach to instruction, UDL assists teachers as they meet the educational needs of increasingly diverse learners in schools" (Kurtts, 2006).
Posing the Big Question:
Just how tall is our high school's jumbotron?
Students will begin an investigation into angles of elevation and depression
Research on tools, apps, and other means of generating the angle needed will ensue
Model For Geometry
How can we calculate the height of the Jumbotron that is located at the football field?
Students will work inside and outside of the classroom to solve the problem
Students will utilize technology throughout the solving process
Students have a choice on their approach to the problem and how they will present
Students will create their own action plan for solving the problem
(Smith, Sheppard, Johnson, & Johnson, 2005, p.3)
Each group creates their own action plan
This outlines how they will gather the measurements needed to solve the problem
Review of Action Plan
Action plans are submitted for review prior to gathering measurements
This submission provides me with an opportunity to intervene or provide additional support where needed
Execution of Action Plan
With an approved action plan, gathering measurements begins
Group presentations will be to the class using an electronic presentation tool
Action Plan (revisions if applicable)
Height of the Jumbotron
Evaluation of Results
After all groups have presented, discussion and evaluation of the results begins.
Discussion topics include but are not limited to:
causes for error
areas for improvement
Smith, K., Sheppard, S., Johnson, D., & Johnson, R. 2005. Pedagogies of engagement: Classroom-based practices.
Journal of Engineering Education
Kurtts, S. 2006. Universal design for learning in inclusive classrooms.
Electronic Journal for Inclusive Education, 1(10)
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