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‘creative’ math January 31, 2010

Filed under: Math — meganmeyering @ 4:10 pm
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I did some reading for a different class on how children learn math and I found some points very interesting and educational.

The reading brought up how children sometimes make their own algorithms when it comes to math.  So, basically that means that the teacher can show and instruct the students on how to solve a problem the ‘right’ way but the students will solve the problem a different way that makes sense to them.  Before reading this text I was unsure, as a teacher, about how I felt about this. I know that I want my students to think for themselves, but in math is that wrong?

This text actually promoted the idea of allowing students to create their own algorithms. By doing this students are actually owning more of their own learning.  It is important for teachers to understand this concept and not shun the idea. Sometimes as a teacher it is difficult to let go and allow students to do their own thing, but when realizing that it is beneficial to allow the students to be more creative the teacher will be able to relinquish some control and perhaps even scaffold that type of learning.

 

Teaching and Government January 27, 2010

With all the news about ‘Race to the Top’  policies changing education has been a big topic on my mind lately. No Child Left Behind was a big issue when it came out and Race to the Top seems to be met with the same amount of negativity that NCLB was.

We talked about these policies in my TE 401 class and I have to say that this legislation really angers me.  I wonder,  who is making and passing this legislation? Are they people who have doctorate degrees in education, but have never actually taught in a classroom?

I understand that people do in fact think long and hard about these policies while they are created, but it seems like they have more negative connotations than positive. Race to the Top for instance is described as a competition,  I wonder how that is beneficial to have ‘losers’ and ‘winners’ when it comes to education?

That leads me to standardized test scores. How are these really an accurate portrayal of advancement and achievement of either the student or the teacher?Also when we hear about Race to the Top we mainly hear how teachers and parents need to be held more accountable. I have yet to hear that students need to be held accountable for their learning.

Since these new policies are in fact going to be implemented, with more to come for sure, we need to strive for change. If there are going to be assessments they need to be balanced with standardized and authentic assessments. We also need to let policy makers know how (or if not) the new policies are working.

 

Technology in placement, high school and MSU January 26, 2010

For the most part I would say that I am very fortunate to be in a placement that does have a lot of technology.  I am in a team teaching setting, one of my CT’s has a smartboard in his room. I am unsure if all science teachers in the room have smartboards or if it is something that my CT had to work to get through grants and things of that nature.  Beyond smartboards the school is still very fortunate to have at least one computer in each room and as simple as it may seem each room has it’s own phone.  The CT with the smartboard uses powerpoint, you tube and the internet to enhance his lessons. The other CT I work with does not incorporate as much technology into the classroom.  She does use an overhead on a regular basis.

In my middle school and high school past there was limited technology. Some of the rooms had a computer, but there was two functioning computer labs that everyone was able to access. Videos were used to enhance lessons. Powerpoints were used very rarely. Before senior year at MSU I had no idea of what a smartboard even was.

That leads me to the technology I have seen at MSU. Blogs, ANGEl discussions, podcasts and smartboards are all things that I have learned about at MSU. CEP 416 is also opening my eyes to a whole new wealth of technology that I can use.

 

Technology Breakthrough January 19, 2010

Filed under: Technology in the Classroom — meganmeyering @ 9:18 pm
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I have spent my night working on my website. I looked up and realized that I had been at my desk for literally a couple of hours and not even realized it. This was such a dichotomy compared to how I had expected this semester to go. I thought it would be much more of a struggle and that I would dread doing the assignments. I am finding however that this could not be further from the truth. I am finding that I love doing CEP 416 homework, so much so that I put other subjects on the back burner!

I love that I will be comfortable incorporating technology into my classroom. It is such a great tool to communicate with parents and engage students. In a world that is growing more technologically advanced at younger and younger ages it is vital as a teacher to be able to engage students with something they are familiar with and interested in.

Being invested inlearning about technology  in the classroom is vital to being a successful teacher in today’s classroom.

 

Technology and Me Present and Future January 13, 2010

Filed under: Technology in the Classroom — meganmeyering @ 2:37 am
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My technology experience is limited. I am proficient in Microsoft word and Powerpoint. I have a Facebook account and have some experience with online posts and discussion boards.  Last semester I created a joint Wiki page with a fellow 401 student.  I have also had some, not very successful experience,  with creating a digital storyboards.

I am looking forward to becoming more fluent and confident in incorporating technology into the elementary classroom. I am excited about being able to approach technology as a tool and feeling confident in doing so. I am particulary interested in learning how to create an online space for my future classroom that coule serve as a resource as well as a means of communication from teacher to students and parents.

 

CEP 416 January 12, 2010

Filed under: Technology in the Classroom — meganmeyering @ 10:35 pm
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The technolgy in this class seems a little overwhelming, but I can definitely see the benefit of all of it. I can’t wait to learn more about technology in the classroom and implement it into the lessons I’ll be creating for TE 402.  I also think that the things I learn in this class will become excellent things on a resume in the future!