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Most folks learn to multiply increasingly complex quantities gradually over time, starting with constants in elementary school, and eventually continuing on to polynomials in high school.

Mathematics is like a baby…Newborn –> Infant –> Toddler

I like how this blogger breaks down mathematics problems, step-by-step. The type of educator I will be is one that makes the material clear for not just one student, but for all of my students. Educators need to look beyond their paycheck and help those in need in their classrooms.

When educators simplify mathematics problems for students, students tend to appreciate the subject more.

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Everyone learns differently.

Teachers have to teach in a way that every student can learn.

Students should always ask questions when they are unclear of a certain topic.

You learn something new every day.

Knowledge is one thing no one can ever take away from you.

“A GOOD TEACHER IS LIKE A CANDLE ~ IT CONSUMES ITSELF TO LIGHT THE WAY FOR OTHERS.”

# MrE’s Algebra Blog

The above pictures shows that having a website or blog as a teacher is an asset to students. In this modern world of technology, it is important that teacher use online sources to enhance their students’ learning.

I found this blog “MrE’s Algebrs Blod”, which I think is very interesting. It is very related to what I am going to teach because I am also a secondary school Math major. I found it very interesting how Mr. E has posted each lesson or whatever students learn in that particular day. It is cool that the teacher also provides link to show many related examples. I found this part very cool that the teacher posts the key points learned that particular day:

We learned key phrases for lesson 5 (word translation problems):

• “Less than or equal to”, “is at most”, “no more than” — ≤
• “No less than”, “at least”, “more than or equal to” — ≥
• “Is less than” — <
• “Is greater than” — >”
I like this way of blogging because it is very clear to students and they will be able to review and do more examples on what they learned, after class.
The teacher’s way is very organized that he posts everyday including the day of the class, date, and every details. It is excellent way to review after teaching and keep students up with the information they already learned.
I will love to create a blog similar to this.

# Serendipitous Connections

For Monday I want you to look for a blogger that teaches in K-12 exactly what you’re planning to teach or something close to it. Read some of their posts and in your own blog post, share some quotes, videos, and/or images from them. Tell us why you like how they write about their teaching and students’ learning. If appropriate I encourage you to support your description with your own images and videos.

Be sure to hyperlink the blog post or posts that you are referencing as this will create a pingback to the blogger (a reference comment on their post). Hopefully this will lead to you getting some comments/feedback from them!

Also for Monday, bring any form of digital camera you own (this includes cellphones). You just need to be able to get images off the phone and onto a computer.

# Rhizomatic Learning _Can it be used in New York high schools

I am in training to become an Earth Science teacher in high school. I enjoyed the Geology courses I did at college and I hope that I can transfer my enthusiasm for the subject to my students. The education courses I did regarding teaching methods, psychology, philosophy etc. were informative and sometimes interesting but  I was really impressed in the literacy course I did last semester. Dr. Joseph Tillman, who taught the course, brought an entirely new perspective to teaching. His classes were lively, and well- planned. He tried at all times to incorporate the use of computers in his lessons and his assignments were all computer related. I am writing this because I would like to use some of his ideas and style of teaching  in my teaching this spring semester. My teaching would involve both traditional and current methods of instruction. I like the saying from Dr. Tillman that” you cannot teach 21st century kids using 20th century methods”. I think my teaching would involve constant adaptation to changing situations using as much of the current technology that is available to my students.

In response to the questions at the end of the activity in the blog about rhizomatic learning,

1.Does it mesh with what I’ve described here? 2.Are there goals that you want to accomplish that would not be served by a rhizomatic approach? 3.Is there a way to change what you are doing to make it more rhizomatic? 4.What impact would that have? Good? Bad?

1. I expect that my teaching will mesh to some extent with the rhizomatic idea since the ideas I present in class will stimulate student to find out more and explore new and related topics. The idea that learning should be a collaborative approach is not new and Dave Cormier is expressing an original idea here (PAULO FRIERE, VYGOTZSKY). These ideas are currently employed by teachers in New York City Schools.
2. There must be some structure to guide students because there is always the threat of standardized testing and if students are allowed to “wander off” exploring ideas that interest them, then they may be preoccupied with important research which has only a slight bearing to the content that must be covered for these exams.
3. There are ways to make teaching rhizomatic and they involve using a lot of questioning and the Socratic approach where one answer leads to another and involved inquiry.
4. I feel that these changes can have a beneficial impact but as I stated before, I will have to always keep in mind the syllabus that is set for the Earth Science Regents exam to keep my students on track.

# Teacher I would be

If I were to become a teacher, I would be the type of teacher that enforces free thinking. Many of the teachers today are just forcing information into your head and you are not allowed to think for a good amount of time. My high school AP Biology teacher Jerry Watkins was one of my teachers that made us all think for ourselves. His tactics was weird. He often provided life examples in whatever he taught and also added things that were not part of the syllabus. I never liked this guy for this but towards the end of the year I understood what he meant. He taught me a great life lesson.

Jerry Watkins my AP Biology Teacher

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My own practice would involve free thinking with the internet. I would find this method more effective because the students are not limited to what the teacher says. Students can gain insight on everyone else on the internet, with this they will be able to formulate their own opinion. This way the students are networking. But the class runs the risk of getting distracted with things on the internet such as facebook and other social networking sites.

Students at work

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