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Sunday, May 27, 2012

u03a2 Reflection on Media-infused Presentation

Geometry in Second Grade Prezi

Howard Gardner teaches us the importance of students developing a “disciplined mind” in chapter two of his book Five Minds for the Future, when he describes the difficulty students have in explaining something that is new to them by using previously studied theories or concepts.  He continues to describe their inability to deduce an explanation more credible than one from someone without background knowledge about the concept.  It is this ability to use previously learned data and theories to create thoughtful, plausible rationales that he terms a “disciplined mind”.

Having explored this topic, discussed by other authors, such as Daniel Pink in A Whole New Mind, Suzie Boss and Jane Krauss in Reinventing Project-Based Learning and Grace E. Smith and Stephanie Throne in Differentiating Instruction with Technology in K-5 Classrooms, one common tenet about student learning is that true understanding is dependent upon and evolves from an experience that is attached to emotion.  

In a media presentation, such as the one I have created for my students on geometry, students’ emotions will be triggered.  The digital media I chose allows the students to see, hear and think about information in a story format as we can see in the Math Monsters video clips and the “Going on a Shape Hunt” song.  The stories will pull the students in through their emotions as they actively problem solve with the characters and empathize with character problems.  Another video clip chosen was from a video called “Animal Shapes and Colors”.  It is included because my students have great affection for animals and nature.  They will be able to connect the geometric concepts to the familiar shapes and patterns on the animals’ bodies.  The digital media selected will let the students make personal connections to the mathematical concepts.  In this way it will help foster the development of a disciplined mind.

Gardner also describes his idea of a “synthesizing mind”.  He describes it in chapter 3 when he says, “The ability to knit together inormation from disparate sources into a coherent whole is vital today.”  Referring again to my media-infused presentation on geometry, my students will be pulling together information from three different video clips, a song and images to form an overall understanding of the geometric terms listed in the second grade Common Core Mathematics Standards.  These media will present examples, explanations and information about these terms visually, orally and activiely which will engage their minds to synthesize all of it together.

Through this media presentation my students should be able to “knit together information” and use it to explain future geometric queries they come upon in their world.

Boss, Suzie and Krauss, Jane. (2007). Reinventing project-based learning. International society for technology in education. Washington, DC.

Discovery Education (Producer).  (2005). Animal Colors and Shapes. [Full Video].  Available from

Discovery education. (2012).  Curriculum standards.  Vermont common core state standards college and career readiness standards and k-12 mathematics, grade 2. (2010).  Available from

Gardner, Howard. (2007). Five minds for the future. Harvard business school press. USA. (Kindle edition)

Pink, Daniel. (2006). A whole new mind why right-brainers will rule the future. Penguin books (USA), inc. New York, New York.

Slim Goodbody (Producer).  (2003). Cube. [Video Segment].  Available from

Slim Goodbody (Producer).  (2003). Cylinder. [Video Segment].  Available from

Slim Goodbody (Producer).  (2003). Song: Shape and Size. [Video Segment].  Available from
(2012). Science with Mar: Going on a Shape Hunt. [Song].  Available from

Smith, Grace E. and Throne, Stephanie. (2007) Differentiating instruction with technology in k-5 classrooms. International society for technology in education. Eugene, Oregon.

Images retrieved through Google image search.

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