Monday, December 1, 2014

Part 2 Blog Post #5 Progress with my PLN

I have used my PLN on symbaloo about once a week, not as much as I should have. I started to understand it way more and I think I will be using it a lot more in the futire  for all my classes and even work further in the future. It is a great way to organize all of the websites I use on a daily basis even for websites I needed to return to later on in the month for example the C4K assignment in this EDM 310 class. I would definitely recommend anyone to create a personal learning network.
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Sunday, November 30, 2014

C4T #4

math makes your life add up
The Title of his Blog: Yo: A Math Teacher's Blog
Post #1 Niko Rowinsky frist post was titled "Is This Going To Be On the Test". He talked about how students would ask him this question and he worried why. He came to the conclusion that students only asked this question to study the material only for the test and forget it later on. I thought he was absolutely right, and I couldn't agree more.

My Comment:Hi my name is Janae, a student at The University of South Alabama. I have asked this question plenty of times in high school, but I never thought there was anything wrong with it. Now that I see how this question is approached from the perspective of a teacher I can see how there is a problem with it. It does make sense that a student would study the material only for the test and forget it later on.

Post #2 The next post Niko told his class to create a video. The prompt was "If you nhad 30 seconds to tell the whole world about math, what would it be? What point would you make? What story about you and math would you tell?" I thought this was very interesting and the students did a great job.

My Comment:  Hi, My name is Janae Ivory, a secondary math education major at the University of South Alabama. All I can say after watching these videos is "WOW!" Amazing! I liked the the second video so much because the number one question I always hear is "When will I ever use math?', and that video addressed that question. Your students did a wonderful job. this makes me so excited to become a math teacher now. Thanks for Sharing!

Sunday, November 23, 2014

C4K Summary for November

          Mikaela wrote her blog post on similes and metaphors. She wrote two poems about dogs and best friends. She did a really good job defining these two definitions.
My Comment: Hi Mikaela! My name is Janae, and I am a college student at the University of South Alabama. I remember learning about similes and metaphors when I was in the 5th grade. I love your poems, and the pictures that you posted also. Great job defining a simile and a metaphor then giving examples. GREAT POST!!!!!Her Reply: Thank you! I love writing similes and metaphors! I really enjoy it and I get to share my ideas with people!
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          Trey showcased his idea of a product. He created a product of a chair that has heating and cooling,  someone could sit outside whether its cold or hot. .My Comment: Hi, i'm Janae Ivory a student at the University of South Alabama. Wow, what an amazing product design. This is such a smart idea, I'm sure there are plenty of people who would love to sit outside drinking a hot cup of chocolate looking at the beautiful snow, and the only thing that would make better is a warm place to sit. Great Job!!!!!
          Reagan has wrote her post on finishing her first quarter strong and she is looking forward to starting her second quarter. She has even set goals to become a better reader and writerMy Comment: Hi Reagan, my name is Janae Ivory, a student at the University of South Alabama. Great job in finishing the first quarter. It is wonderful that you have learned so much in the first quarter and have set goals for yourself in the second quarter. 

Blog Post #14

Teaching Can Be a Profession by Joel Klein

Seniority: Layoffs, Rewards etc.
Pick from the Best

The influence of a good teacher could never be erasedI completely agree with everything Klein had to say on this topic. It is a huge problem that seniority overrules pretty much everything. If a teacher is not willing to change to  help the student learn, or if they may not be a very good teacher they should not be able to have immunity based on how many years they taught. For example, I graduated from a school in Long Beach, Ca, and the school district was unfortunately doing layoffs due to budget cuts. One of my and the school's favorite teacher was given a pink slip because she was a new teacher; she had only been teaching for 2 years.  She was an algebra and geometry teacher and everyone loved the way she taught, she made math understandable, but another teacher who had been teacher for 20+ years wasn't fired because he had been teaching for so long but his teaching methods were not effective. I also agree with proposed solution.

Pick from the Best:
I agree with Klein on this idea as well.It is very true that teachers are hired on degree alone and not on their set of skills. I agree with Klein, it would be a very good thing for teachers to be chosen from the top third of their class.

This article has opened my eyes to the teaching field and has made me think back to realize what I read is often true. These are major problems with fairly easy solutions. I think the main thing that needs to be done is for individuals in the field of education to think of whats best for the students.

Sunday, November 16, 2014

Blog Post #13: What did I leave out?


How could Project Based Learning be used in math? 

We have seen how project based learning is used in history, science, and english, with students doing their own research, and creating a project using some form of technology whether they used iPads, a smart board, or computer. Use the sources below to give an example of how PBL could be used in math. Make sure you answer the question that follows the standards in Writing a Quality Blog Post.

The Assignment

How could Project Based Learning be used in math?

In this video we saw students working together in groups on assignments and a project. I think the students learned more, and understood things more because they were able to discuss with each other. The students enjoyed creating projects and they all said they learned a lot more through PBL. They were excited about learning more and getting better grades.

PBL in Math
When using PBL in math it is important to have students move around and work together as a group. Its even better when students are able to go outside and use real world examples to solve math equations.Most students are not able to understand math by doing multiple problems out of a textbook, they want to learn in a fun way.

Project Based Learning  could be used by using real world examples, and situations to learn math. It could be used by working in groups and discussing everything with their peers where it's more understandable.
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Project #12 Smart Board Instruction Part B