Sunday, November 30, 2014

Blog Post 5 Part 2


My Personal Learning Network has grown over the semester. Before I started EDM310, I had not heard of a PLN. Now that I know what it is and how much it can benefit me, I have definitely been working on building mine. The comment for teachers in this class has helped build my PNL significantly. The list that Dr. Strange provided has an abundance of great teachers with helpful advice.  Twitter has also helped me. I did not know twitter could be so useful in the professional world. I have learned so much from the people in my PLN now, that I am trying to expand it everyday. Having a PLN is definitely going to help me when I become a teacher, and I am so glad that I have learned about it. 

C4T Summary #4

C4T #4 Comment 1

In the blog post Engaging Families Inside and Out, Sharon talks about how important it is to get families involved. She says that getting families involved includes creating a positive relationship with them. I think it is really important to get student's families involved with what they are doing in school. It really help the student in the long run.

C4T #4 Comment 2

In her blog post SKYPE: A Way to Connect, Enrich and Engage, Sharon discusses how she uses skype in her classroom. She used her PLN to bring an expert on monarch butterflies into her classroom through skype. She also had students from another school read aloud to her kindergarteners. I thought everything she did with skype was a great idea. Skype is an extremely useful tool, and I told her I would definitely be using it in my future classroom.

Sunday, November 23, 2014

Blog Post 14

Teaching wordle

In the article Teaching Can Be a Profession, Joel Klein talks about what he thinks we should do to improve our school system. He talks about different concerns that all ask the same question: How can we get the best teachers? The three points Klein makes is how we choose new teachers, dealing with senior teachers, and having standards for teachers.
Klein suggests that we let basically anyone with a college degree become a teacher. He thinks that we need to take the top third of the graduates and give them teaching jobs. This would certainly make getting a job more difficult and more competitive. I think that this is a great idea, but I do not think that it would work. Getting teaching to the level of law and medicine would require a significant raise for teachers.
Klein makes an excellent point about how schools go about cutting teachers. Usually, if you were the last one hired, you are going to be the first one fired. I think this is a terrible way of doing things. The newest teacher might be a more effective teacher than a senior teacher. We should be keeping the best teachers, not the most experienced.
How do we know which teachers are the best? Do we look at their students test scores? There are all kinds of factors that could contribute to test scores. Kids not caring about their grades, test being easier than others, ect. Klein thinks we need to have standards and test for teachers all throughout their teaching careers, and get promoted when they pass certain exams. I think this would be a great idea. Teachers all get paid the same, no matter how good of a job they do. I think that if teachers knew that they could be promoted by their performance, some would try harder, not saying that all teachers don't do the best job they can. Kelin raises some good points and comes up with some effective solutions.

Thursday, November 20, 2014

C4KSummary for November

C4K #1

Tiana talked about what it mean to be a citizen. She said that to be a citizen, you have to treat the world great. She also said that someone needs to not litter, be themselves, and do the right thing. Tiana talked about being a digital citizen. She said that to be a digital citizen, you can vote online and you can tweet nice things on twitter. I thought it was really creative that she involved twitter in being a good digital citizen.

C4K #2 

In Jacob's blog post, he talks about a wallet he designed. He said that he used regular tape instead of duct tape. He did this because regular tape is thinner, so you can fit more money in it. I told him I thought that was a great idea.

C4K #3

Brandon wrote a blog post on his trip to South Dakota. He went camping with his family and saw a lot of bison. He got to hold a snake and see giant tortoises. One night when they were camping in their tent it rained, but he said that this was the best camping trip him and his family have been on. I told him that I thought this trip sounded fun and that his post was well written.

Sunday, November 16, 2014

Blog Post 13

Most elementary schools are adopting a new way to do math. Read these articles and watch the videos about common core math.

New math is really just a new approach 
The Way You Learned Math Is So Old School
Common Core Math Explanation
Common Core Subtraction Explained

Do you think this is a more effective way of teaching math?

I think that both ways of teaching math has their advantages. I personally like the old way of doing math. Its simpler and gets to the point. You don't have to do a bunch of extra steps to get the answer. The point that some teachers were making is that students don't know why they are putting numbers places, and they don't know what they stand for. Honestly, I don't think you really need to know why or what, you just need to know how to do it. Another disadvantage to the new math is that parents don't know how to do it. Most student gets help from their parents with homework, but most parents don't know how to do this math.

students doing math

The new math does have some good qualities to it. I'm not someone who struggled with math in school. I like the structure math has. For some people this might help them be more comfortable with math. If they know why they are doing something, then maybe they will comprehend it faster. I think that it all depends on how a student learns. Both ways of teaching math have good qualities, but i think that schools should stick with the traditional way.