Planning for Capstone

For our capstone project, we plan on creating four videos about STEM topics. The topics we have chose are hyperbolic trigonometry, related rates, general problem solving for physics, and projectile motion. We plan on recording our projectile motion video first because we have some ideas that we want to try for that one and test the video’s effectiveness before we record the rest of the videos.

We found a place on campus that is made to record educational videos and we plan on using this resource. After recording our first video, we will edit it and then review it and decide what changes we would like to make. We plan on doing one video at a time to start so we know how effective our communication is in general. We will then make changes and know what to focus on before recording the other three videos. We hope to have everything recorded by Thanksgiving break so we can edit on break and have all of the videos recorded and edited before finals this semester.

When we get back for Spring semester, we will test the effectiveness and go from there on if we need to record again or edit the videos more. Then we will focus on our Capstone Research Paper and how we want to present our project at the Research Symposium!

Introduction

Our capstone project is going to consist of creating four educational videos in STEM areas. The four concepts we want to create videos for right now are: hyperbolic trigonometry, related rates, general problem solving for Physics problems, and projectile motion. Our videos are going to be supplements for students who are learning about these topics or are just interested in them. Abstract math tends to be very difficult for students when they come to college. They are used to focusing on more concrete math questions. It can be hard to visualize and understand what is happening when working with abstract math concepts. Our goal is to break these down and give some concrete examples to help students with abstract math and physics topics.

Math and physics are both difficult topics to learn, but many STEM students have to take many of these courses and learn a lot of abstract topics. According to Wiggins (2018), “Results in one field can suggest concepts and ideas to be explored in a related field. Occasionally, methods and techniques developed in one field can be directly applied to another field to create similar results”. It’s important that students in STEM majors understand these abstract math and physics topics so that they can apply them to their own area of study.

There are many benefits of educational videos. According to Bevan (2017), educational videos increase student engagement, offer flexibility, and increase knowledge retention. Students are used to watching videos all the time, so why shouldn’t they be able to learn that way as well? The goal of our project is to make learning difficult math and physics problems easier and more enjoyable for students.

References

Bevan, M. (2017, January 31). Why Videos are Important in Education. Retrieved October 24, 2019, from                                                    https://www.nextthoughtstudios.com/video-production-blog/2017/1/31/why-videos-are-important-in-education.

Wiggins, H. Z. (2018, February 28). Real-life maths or abstract maths? Why abstraction is so amazing. Retrieved October 23,                2019, from https://www.parent24.com/Learn/Primary-school/helping-our-kids-understand-maths-through-                                    abstraction-and-application-20180228.

Learning with Escape Rooms

Escape rooms have become very popular in the last few years. Even more recently, teachers have started using escape rooms as educational tools. The New York Times article linked below talks about a science-based escape room made by a physics professor from the University of Illinois, Paul Kwiat. It is one of few escape rooms based on real science. Before entering the room, the four team members were given a sheet of paper that had science information on it that they would have to use to escape. Kwiat did not want people to remember all of the information, but he wanted people to become more interested in science. Keeping students interested is a crucial part of teaching. It is important to help students learn, but let them have fun at the same time.

I have seen escape rooms used in high school classrooms and it really made the students more excited to learn and they were much more engaged than they ever were during regular classroom lectures. There are limitations in using escape rooms in classrooms, because of all the time needed to plan and perfect it, along with the classroom time that it would take up. However, I believe that it is extremely important to keep students interested in classes such as math and science that are usually considered hard and uninteresting. Using activities like escape rooms in classrooms is a good way to introduce or review topics. In the specific escape room talked about in the article, people were given a sheet with scientific information on it. In a classroom, teachers could give students formulas or key points from a lesson before it is taught so the students can have a hands-on learning experience and become more interested before the teacher’s lecture. It could also be used as a review for tests to keep students excited about learning when they are drained from all of the testing that they have to do.  Overall, I believe escape rooms are a great educational tool and teachers should be using these and more hands on and engaging activities in their STEM classrooms to keep students excited about learning.

https://www.nytimes.com/2019/05/17/learning/learning-with-youve-conquered-the-escape-room-but-can-you-escape-the-lab.html

Year in Review

I came into college excited for my future and not knowing exactly where I would end up. I did not realize how many opportunities I would have at Ohio State, especially as a freshman. I was and still am a STEM Education major with a focus in Mathematics and thought that I would want to work in a rural school district for sure.

However, after being here for a couple months I realized that I had so many opportunities to get involved and personally better myself. I got to spend 75 hours in Columbus City Schools this Spring and struggled with it at first because it was nothing like what I had ever experienced. I thought that maybe teaching was not for me because there were situations that I did not know how to handle. However, after being there for a few weeks I started to build relationships with my students and learned about their home lives. Now I get excited to wake up and go see my students in the mornings. I know that I can make a difference in their lives and it truly is one of the best feelings. I am now open to teaching in any type of school district and cannot wait for my future as a teacher.

Overall, I have learned to take advantage of the opportunities I have here. I joined a professional education fraternity, Kappa Phi Kappa. This has helped me meet administrators from many school districts and I get to participate in different training sessions. I also am part of STEM EE Scholars Leadership Council which has help me gain leadership and communication skills. If an opportunity is given to me I know that I should take it. Getting involved on campus has helped me make great friends and have valuable experiences. I have learned a lot and had a really good first year at The Ohio State University.

First Education Experience Program

During my second semester at The Ohio State University, I was had the opportunity to observe a classroom at Columbus North International High School in Columbus City School District. I have been observing a 9th grade Math 1 class and a 10th grade Math 2 class. Before I started observing here, I did not even know that Math 1 and 2 were classes; I had only heard of Algebra 1 and Geometry. Along with learning about the curriculum, I also learned about working in Columbus City Schools which has been a very different experience than mine was in high school. This experience overall has been very eye opening. I have been able to work with students who come from many different backgrounds and are going through a variety of different difficult situations at home. I am thankful for the opportunity to learn about education from being in the classroom.

I Chose the Perfect Major for Me

I have learned a lot throughout my first semester at The Ohio State University. Not only have I learned content in my classes, but I have learned a lot about myself. Ohio State has given me the opportunity to be in the classroom and work with children early on in my program. I joined two clubs that helped me achieve this, Adopt-A-School and STEM Outreach. Through Adopt-A-School I was able to be in a classroom for one hour every week. I went to Graham Elementary and Middle School and spent my time in a fifth grade science classroom. This opportunity helped me figure out that I really did want to become a teacher, but that I would like to work with older students. I learned a lot about how students react to certain situations. I also learned how to help students deal with problems that they faced during group work. Throughout the semester, I got a lot better at tutoring the students and making connections with them. STEM Outreach allows students at Ohio State to work with students of all age groups and is not always done in a classroom setting. I also packed the kits for STEM Outreach to take to use during their programs. This helped me learn about different science and engineering projects I could possibly use with my future students. It also helped me learn about project based learning. I enjoyed watching the students get excited about the project and what they were learning about. Overall, this semester has helped me figure out that I did choose the right major. I will get to teach a subject that I love to students grades 7-12 and I am very excited to spend more time in a classroom setting next semester.

Involvement Opportunity: College of Education and Human Ecology Recruitment Leader

In my survey class one day we had speakers talk about how we can be more involved with the College of Education and Human Ecology here at Ohio State even as freshmen. This is something that I have been wondering about ever since I met my peer mentor who seems to be involved in everything. I learned that I can become a recruitment leader for the college. As a recruitment leader I would be able to help prospective students make a decision on whether or not Ohio State would be a good fit for them by sending them post cards, calling them, or being at Q&A sessions held throughout the year. I remember how helpful it was to have someone I felt comfortable with to ask all of the questions I had about Ohio State last year. I have always been passionate about helping others and am now interested in becoming a recruitment leader and plan on getting involved with recruitment in the Spring Semester.

Adopt-A-School

I am part of a club called Adopt-A-School. As a member of this club, I get paired with a teacher at one of the local schools in the Columbus area. I was placed at Graham Elementary and Middle School in a fifth grade science class. I help tutor and mentor these students every Tuesday for an hour at a time. I joined this club because I wanted to spend as much time in classrooms as I could. There is one specific Tuesday that really stands out to me. I went into the classroom and was asked to take four students into the hallway to help them work on their assignment about the solar system. I was not sure what to expect because I don’t know the students very well. At the beginning of the period I was nervous because I have never been in charge of students and their learning by myself. The students were not the most eager to learn and I struggled keeping them on task. However, about halfway through the period I told myself that I am in charge of these students and how much they will learn while I am there. I ended up connecting with the students and figuring out what they liked most about the solar system and got each of them to work hard and finish a lot of what they were assigned. By the end of the period, the students were excited about what they learned and wanted to tell me everything. This experience made me much more confident and excited for my future in the classroom. I now know that I can really affect students and help them discover new things, along with a greater love for learning.

About Me

Hello! My name is Peyton Morgan and I am from Minerva, Ohio. I am a second year student at the Ohio State University pursuing a degree in STEM Education with a specialization in Mathematics. I am passionate about helping others as much as I can, especially in the area of education.

I am a member of the STEM Exploration and Engagement Scholars Program. I joined this program with the goal of learning about different STEM fields and how math is used in them. I hope learning this will allow me to better help my future students and answer the questions, “why am I learning this” and “how is this used in the real world”. During my freshman year, I joined the Leadership Council as the Mentor Group Activities Coordinator. My job is to make the program feel like a community and get students of all years working together! I am also a Teaching Assistant for the program and help in our seminar class. I love being able to interact with the first year students and help them get used to campus and college life!

I am currently a member of Kappa Phi Kappa, the professional education fraternity on campus. This organization has allowed me to meet other education majors, learn about and participate in community service, talk to HR directors, and participate in many other professional development events. I plan on running for a position in the fraternity for next year. I am also involved in CHAARG, a student organization that promotes fitness, specifically for females. I would like to become a Small Group Coordinator and have my own group of girls that I get to help create goals and teach workouts to next year! I am also a peer mentor this year in the College of Education and Human Ecology. I get to be in a classroom with freshman students and help them get used to being on campus.

I am currently a tutor at the Math and Stats Learning Center on campus and I tutor Calc 1. I enjoy this job and working with students in this class. I hope that this will help prepare me to be a teacher in the future. Also, I would like to apply to be a Teaching Assistant for a math class next year and thought that this job would help prepare me for that.

My long-term goal is to be a math teacher who can help my students excel not only in math, but in other areas of life as well. I believe that my combined experiences during my time at the Ohio State University will help prepare me to be the best that I can be. I hope to be a good leader who can help students prepare for life after high school.