I really enjoyed this first round of presentations. I am really glad that Milissa pointed out that learning the different directions wasn’t addressed in terms of relevance to students, and really got us thinking. We may see it as important, but how do we help the students see that? I think it really hit home to me that when we plan each lesson, the first thing in the back of our mind should be – how can students relate this to what they know, and how can they think of this learning as something that will help them in their future, and especially their more present endeavors?
I also in particular liked the activity that involved using pieces of food to build our own miniature landmarks, to understand the concepts of symbols and how a small item/picture can represent an actual place. I would definitely teach an activity like this in my class! (See caption above)