Some of my favorite conversations and collaborations have begun with a confession similar to this, “My kids aren’t getting ___________ (fill in the blank) the way I’ve been teaching it; I’d like to try something different.” Usually, a discussion of classroom activities and resources ensues. However, this year, I have been quick to recommend our new Library Learning Stations as a way to engage students and help them grasp concepts. One of my highlights has been hosting Mrs. Beth Stigall’s Algebra II classes for a Parent Function Learning Station Day. Yes, all of the concepts were mathematical, but we incorporated media and manipulatives to help students grasp the concepts and demonstrate their knowledge.
Station 1: Matching Graphs w/ a Calculator
Students viewed used graphing calculators to test equations and match them to their graph.
Station 2, 3, 4: Math Shorts and Virtual Nerd Parent Function Videos
Students viewed three different videos providing an overview of Functions and Parent Functions via these videos to explore input and output values and quadratic and linear equations..
Station 5: Graphing by Hand
Students completed a table of values to graph each function on the same coordinate plane.
Station 6: Graphing with Desmos App
Students used the Desmos App to check their graphs from Station 5.
If you are surprised to see Math classes in the library, perhaps you should extend an invitation to one of your innovative math instructors. These stations work well for introducing a concept, deepening student knowledge, or providing extensive review. A huge thanks to Mrs. Beth Stigall for observing other disciplines utilizing Library Learning Stations and then exploring ways to flip her classroom instruction to benefit her students.
CavLibrary and Biology I collaborated to debut Macromolecules Learning Station Day in review for the Tennessee EOC Assessments. Students explored and reviewed the properties of fats, proteins, and lipids via interactive multimedia stations.
Station 1: Students viewed an Organic Molecules video to observe test results.
Station 2: “Chemistry of Carbohydrates” Video and Foldable. Students viewed the video and created a foldable defining carbohydrates, monomer, dime, and polymer.
Station 3: Protein Construction
Students construct an amino acid and a protein by reading the mRNA.
Station 4: Lipids
Students read an article describing liquids and complete a diagram.
Staion 5: Nucleic Acids
Students read the article “There’s a gene for life in high-altitude Tibet” from the Los Angeles Times and demonstrate comprehension skills.
Many thanks to Mrs. Julie Crider, Mrs. Kristi Watson, and Ms. Megan Witherspoon for their collaboration.
CavLibrary was thrilled to collaborate with Mr. Cameron White’s U.S. History classes to explore the 1950s through multimedia learning stations. What a wonderful way to explore a decade in a day!
Students view 1950s television programs, including “Leave It to Beaver” and “The Ed Sullivan Show.”
The groups analyze a timeline of the decade in words and images.
Students enter a simulated fall out shelter to the sound of the two-minute warning siren and read a child’s account of an air raid, written and illustrated by Mr. White.
The Space Race is explored in a video.
Students get “in tune” with the 50s with Carl Perkins’ “Boppin’ the Blues” and Chuck Berry’s “Roll Over, Beethoven.”
As always, Ms. Nichols has fun dressing the part!
A huge thanks to Mr. Cameron White for his collaboration with CavLibrary. His expectations and vision are always a pleasure! And to his students, many thanks as well for venturing back to the 50s with us! What a day of achievement and memories!