History Evolution by time

The time by time can change everything from history, same with sports, teaching, culture, and rules. Taekwondo has been found in 19 century in Korea, back that time Taekwondo it is just Korean boxing, people they create this kind of martial arts just because they have to protect them-self and their families. The Sports historian found bunch of the wall paint in cave, on trees.

 i found the image here.

After a long term period Taekwondo break the traditional way and culture,it slowly became an international sport and exercise. In 2000, Taekwondo is officially been add into part of the Olympic program, and many different people from many different country and places are also learning Taekwondo. It also changing into the business and career, it isn’t traditional culture anymore.


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.

Why Improvisational Teaching and Learning Matters.

In Dave Cormier’s post for #change11 about rhizomatic learning, I had two favorite quotes the first of which was this:

They are not looking for ‘the accepted way’, they are not looking to receive instructions, but rather to create.

This is something I personally liked to do as a learner, figure it out as I go alone. Find the things I need to accomplish or create something. I feel like there are so many digital tools I learned to use just for the sake of making something (Slideshare Presentation, Prezi Presentation are recent examples). Whether I went back to that tool ever again didn’t really matter. It helped me create or accomplish the thing I wanted to do at the time. And I’m pretty sure that I learned more than that tool at the moment, (because I surely forget how to use a lot of them 🙂 ) I learn to solve problems.

The second quote which I am using now in my teaching is this:

A curriculum for a course is something that can be created in time, while a course is happening. The syllabus becomes a garden space, a context setting within which learning can happen and the curriculum is the things that grows there.

I have gone through a lot of changes in my teaching over the past years, trying to find ways to help students learn the concepts in a course. Usually this involved fiddling with an assignment or two trying to improve it. But in the past year, having spent a lot of time engaging communities that are working out in the open as academics has really transformed how I teach. First there was the CUNY Academic Commons and the York College E-portfolio platform, both of which are built on WordPress and Buddypress. These were both my first experiences using WordPress, but more importantly they both started to help me make connections to people in the University that I never would have previously. This was through a blog I created about my old artwork and through joining groups like the Digital Humanities Initiative.

But it was in the Spring, through the Commons that I was introduced to Jim Groom and DS106. Jim is a instructional technologist at the University of Mary Washington and DS106 is an open course/community about digital storytelling. This was a class that had registered students from UMW, but Jim also invited anyone in the world to take the course as well. Just create a blog and play along. So I did.

In creating my own domain and participating in ds106 I found people to create work for and learn from in ways I never had previously. I was making artwork at a productive level that I had done since I was a graduate student (here’s a GIF, don’t be scared).

And when I made work there was feedback immediately, and I gave feedback to others. I was inspired by them and they we inspired by me.

So this is how I try and teach now. I taught DS106 this past fall to my registered York College students and I’m not going to look back. We make things together, we figure out which assignments to do together, and it’s become this wild, rhizomatic like garden that is rich and unpredicatable.


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


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

Link to the image