For my citizenship coursework I have decided in a group to do a school based activity and teach Mr kreachers year seven, set four mathematics class. The reason I have chosen this activity is because it relates really well to this citizenship studies course as it will enable me to make a positive contribution to fellow students at my school by helping them learn, it will also help me to improve my citizenship skills because I will be able to play an effective role in the activity and it will also help me to understand how other people learn.
The following people will be taking part in this activity with me: sam, jessica and taylor. Our main aim whilst carrying out this activity is to teach the students who most probably do find the subject (maths) quite challenging and help them learn, by doing this we aim to motivate the students and try to teach them something that they find difficult- possibly in a fun way, this again links to citizenship because it shows that we care about other members of our community (school) because we will be spending our time helping the younger students with something that is an incredibly important part of their education.
We will also like to be role models for the younger students. Before we actually do the activity it is important to now what topic the students find the most difficult and it is my job to find out this information. Inorder to find out which topic we have to teach the students I will design a questionnaire for the maths class to do and I will then analyse the results to see what topic we will have to prepare a lesson for. The questionnaire results will make it easier for me and my group to plan a lesson that will be good for the maths class.
Sam will photocopy the questionnaire and give it to Mr Kreacher so that he can hand it out to his maths class. Below is a list of the things that I have to do in order to do this activity: By looking at my questionnaire results I have found out that the most people find algebra difficult so that is what me and my group are going to plan a lesson on now. My role in this activity will be to explain to the class how they have to do the worksheets-which will be on algebra. I will look at their answers and if they have gone wrong I will explain to them why they have gone wrong and what they should have done.
Taylor's role will be to design the worksheets and I will help her and each one of us will have to check that each student knows what they are doing and we will help them if they are stuck. The activity took place on the 26th of January during lesson three. Everyone in the group as well as myself was fully involved and before we started the lesson we each introduced ourselves and talked a bit about what we would be doing. We then handed out the sheets to everyone, which we had photocopied earlier.
I then explained to the class how they had to do the worksheets and told them that they could work in pairs. Whilst the students were doing the sheets we were all walking around and checking that each student knew what to do and helping them if they were stuck. After the students had completed the worksheets i went through the worksheets with them and the questions they got wrong I explained to them how they had to do them. After doing the activity we were pleased to see that with our help most of the students had learnt at least one new thing and that was a good achievement for us.
I am pleased with the contribution I made towards the activity because I did help the students, everyone else in the group also made valuable contributions and that helped to make the activity even more successful. When doing this citizenship activity we all had different responsibilities and everyone in the group did what they were supposed to: actively participated in the activity, discussed together what we had to do, made decisions together and listened to everyone's viewpoint etc -these are all good citizenship skills and that is why our activity was successful because we all cooperated with each other and worked together.
Overall I think our planning was very good because it helped us to keep on task and know exactly what we had to do and without it I don't think we would have been able to do this activity well at all. I did enjoy this activity and I also enjoyed working in a group with other people because we all got on well and listened to each other's ideas. However, in order to improve the activity I think we could have extended the time of the lesson a bit because we felt that we could have got more done if we had had more time compared to the amount of time that we had.