As an educator and aspiring school administrator, I am constantly looking for ways to broaden my instructional strategies and conceptual understanding in education. My goal is to provide instruction that is tailored to the individual needs of my learners, allows for enrichment and intervention, and envokes individualism and creativity.
Before this year, I would have never considered LEGO as a means to provide the personalized instruction that I aim for; however, only until recently did I truly appreciate the engineering capacity and mathematical might of those studded plastic bricks.
Professional Development- A Change in Perspective
Professional development in more than a requirement for educators, it is the catalyst for innovation and change. I am fortunate to work in a district and school that is not afraid to break with the norm and push past conventional wisdom to improve the educational experiences for ALL learners. This drive for innovation results in PD that allows me to grow and broaden my perspective as an educator.
This year I had the opportunity to participate in two professional development days with Dr. Shirley Disseler who works as a LEGO® Education Academy Trainer, is the author of Strategies and Activities for Common Core Math, Parts 1 & 2, and conducts research on engagement and creativity in mathematics classrooms.
Through this professional development, I gained a better understanding of the endless exploratory, collaborative, and targeted activities and areas in which LEGO would be applicable to my instruction.
Using LEGO to Build Math Concepts- Volume
After introducing the basics of volume calculation to your students, this quick activity allows them to practice those skills using LEGO bricks.
- The students will first watch a one-minute introduction video on how to calculate volume using a LEGO brick.
- The students will then calculate the volume of 5 teacher-created LEGO models.
- The students will then create their own LEGO model, calculate the volume, and present their mathematical thinking on SEESAW or any other video sharing platform (Screencastify, Flipgrid).
Rubrics/Student Levels of Understanding-Volume