Rebecca Italiano

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Interested in teaching Middle School Special Education and coaching volleyball. 

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        • Gerald Ardito
          Gerald Ardito

          Rebecca,

          You did a very good job with this project. Your arguments are well articulated, and you very nicely support your ideas with evidence from the research you read.

          I had not heard before about the use of a math learning center to support homework completion. Or Enhanced anchored instruction. They seem really interesting. I would curious to know if you utilize these strategies. If so, please share what you learn as a result.

          This really stuck out for me:

          Furthermore, to prevent these problems, teachers must find ways to engage students in math. By making math feasible, we can prevent math anxiety and improve the mathematical skills of many students.

          It is great to hear you say this. I know we have been discussing similar ideas all summer.

           

        • Rebecca Italiano
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          Aw THANKS!!! No problem :)
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              • Gerald Ardito
                Gerald Ardito

                Rebecca,

                Please note that my comments are about the lesson you designed and not about the lesson you taught.

                You have designed a very solid lesson for this topic. I think you have tried very hard to design a broad set of conversations and activities to have your students develop a proficiency in understanding the Pythagorean Theorem.

                I have a couple of suggestions. I believe it would be interesting for the students to understand how this work tied to Pythagoras' philosophy (Check it out. It is pretty cool).

                I also suggest focusing more on relationships -- between sides and angles -- than on calculating. If the students understand the relationships involved and the human process of making these connections (for example, how did Pythagoras figure this out, anyway), you can bring your students closer to seeing that mathematics is a way of understanding the world.

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                The text we will be using is called, “Book of Greek Myths” by  Ingri d'Aulaire and Edgar Parin D'Aulaire.   The theme will be how Ancient Greeks contributed to modern day society.   The ELA teacher...
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                  Rebecca Italiano published a blog post Independent Project
                  For my essay, I would like to find out more information on low performance of math in middle school students. This subject interests me because I will be teaching Math to 7th grade students with disabilities this September. Through my research, I...
                    • Gerald Ardito
                      Gerald Ardito

                      Rebecca,

                      I think this is a really interesting topic.

                      I suggest that you look at research that focuses on this topic.

                      Let me know how I can help.

                    • Rebecca Italiano
                      Rebecca Italiano published a blog post Reading Response 3
                        On page 163, Brown and Knowles (2014) provided input from other teacher’s opinions on integrated teaching. One of the points that stuck out to me was a way to grab their attention from the very start. Instead of going straight into...
                        • Gerald Ardito
                          Gerald Ardito

                          Rebecca,

                          You did a nice job with your response.

                          One of the advantages least discussed in conversations about Educational Technology is the opportunity it provides to give students ways to express themselves. You captured this here:

                          These students, who were normally the less outspoken students, became the experts of the class.

                          I would be very interested in knowing any other impressions you have about the robotics program and its impact on student collaboration.

                        • Rebecca Italiano
                          Rebecca Italiano published a blog post Reading Response 2
                          In the article, “Creating “Stickiness” Through Experiential Learning in Middle School Science Classrooms”, Ardito, Evans & Kim (2015) mentioned the quote from Kafai & Resnick (1996) stating, “ Children...
                            • Gerald Ardito
                              Gerald Ardito

                              Rebecca,

                              I was really struck by your response to these readings. As usual, you dig in fairly deeply and work to connect what you are reading to your own practice as an educator.

                              This really stuck out for me:

                              They also shared that curriculum includes the curiosities in the lives of these students, in this class. This stuck out to me because every curriculum will be different every year, not because of the content, but because of the social, emotional, physical, and academic needs of your unique group of students.

                              I feel like I want to add this to every syllabus I teach. If I do, I will make sure the quote is attributed to you.

                              • Rebecca Italiano
                                Rebecca Italiano

                                Aw THANKS!!! No problem :)

                              • Rebecca Italiano
                                Rebecca Italiano published a blog post Reading Response 1
                                I found O’Neill and Barton’s (2005) journal very interesting. I agree that science education is not as strong in education as it should be. In my school this year, we didn’t start science until February, same with social studies....
                                  • Gerald Ardito
                                    Gerald Ardito

                                    Rebecca,

                                    You did a very nice job with this reading response.

                                    As a science educator, I share your concern about the lack of science taught in elementary schools. Part of this, I believe, is a function of the teachers' lack of science content knowledge, as well as the primacy given to math and ELA.

                                    This really resonated for me:

                                    On page 103, Brown and Knowles listed reasons teachers may cause student stress. A couple of these stood out to me, including, “pushing students to learn abstract principles that are beyond their cognitive capabilities without appropriate guidance."

                                    In my experience this happens especially when the teacher does not feel confident about a content area. We never do this when we know the content well and see how it connects naturally to lots of other things.

                                    How do you think you would address these deficits?