Learning Project

For my learning project this year I am hoping to learn to do two different things. One that I think will really benefit my future as a teacher. And the other because it will also sort of benefit my future as a teacher.

First off, I am going to learn how to bake. Because I honestly really enjoy it, but have never gotten past the stage of cupcakes from a box and stick it in the oven and they don’t cook long enough so my Mom saves me and makes them better and thanks Mom I am a failure. The reason this will sort of benefit my future as a teacher is that I made baking for my students once for a birthday (well, my family really saved the day, mine weren’t that great), and I really enjoyed the idea of having rewards and fun little things like baking for my students really helped me feel like I developed a relationship with them. Bribery does wonders, haha.

Seriously though, it was more than that because it was a student who told me her birthday was on Monday so she off-hand mentioned that she could like a birthday snack, and so I made cupcakes. And to see how excited she was that I followed through with my promise when she didn’t expect me to was amazing. I always see a lot of exciting desserts and snacks on all of those blogs online (where I just looked at a few to find some ideas for my post and now I want to make all of the snacks), and I’d like to expand my knowledge and ability in baking to things far more diverse and interesting than just cookies. All the cookies. So many cookies.

 

Secondly, what I am going to do with each recipe, is find a way to incorporate an outcome and make a basic, bare bones lesson plan that I could theoretically use in a classroom. Because I did a very basic cooking assignment in my Grade 8 class involving baking that I really liked and I wished I could have expanded and made the lesson work better. So, I am going to prove to myself that I can make real life math applicable and fun for students. And they would get sweet food out of it, too. My goal is to have a different math class for each recipe, and give a brief description of how the math was involved and what I did with it when I was doing my baking.

I am excited to try this because I found that, in my internship, I tried to do a lot of fun and interesting things, but most of the fun and exciting things I did were not in math, but in other classes instead. I still need to up my inquiry learning game, but I thought a good place to start would be with just finding those connections to real life and to prove to myself that you can incorporate anything into at least some part of your math class, you just have to be creative and actually put in some effort. Which can be a standing metaphor for anything you’d want to incorporate – be it Treaty Ed (which I did do), inquiry, math games, etc.

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Three Goals

It’s been a while since I did ECMP 355, and it also feels like it’s been forever since I was in University – internship felt like a little world all of its own, and it’s very different to be  back in Regina, and back doing homework, no less. I’m used to assigning it!

I was just in Yorkton this weekend, and I saw a lot of my past students. I had to go back to my school, and I also went to see a production the theatre company I work with put on. So it was both happy and a sad time. I was glad to see people again, to see that I actually made a slight impact as students remembered and were excited to see me, but sad because I was not able to stay long  (or at least as long as I wanted). But seeing my students this weekend affected the way I wanted to write this blog post.

 

My goals should not just be for me, they should be for the students. They should not only be goals that will be things I find interesting or want to learn, but goals that I know will benefit my future learners. So, after all the unnecessary rambling, here are my three goals:

  1. When is technology too much for students – where is the limit: basically, I feel like it would be useful to know where the limits are for students – where do they find technology is distracting – and also science – where is technology no longer effective. Is there ever a case? Because I honestly have trouble finding a line, because I never found technology anything but useful. Except for phones, but I’ll get to that later. I feel like it is beneficial to my learners for me to learn this line because I would like to know how to actually help my students, and if there is any way that my attempts could instead hinder them.
  2. Overcoming fear of technology: I dislike using any form of social media. I have a fear of sending out my thoughts into the world and, even though I know realistically that not everyone in the world (or many people) are reading this, I get nervous that I will say will be skewed, or I will change my mind or opinion but the information is on the internet forever, and I can’t take it back. I need to find some way to get around this fear, because it’ll also impact how often/how I email people, and it is extremely useful as a teacher to be able to communicate with students and parents outside of the time I am in a classroom. I think this will benefit my future learners because I will be able to use apps like Remind, or utilize Twitter to find resources or share resources. So that I can gain knowledge from a large base of educators I would not have access to otherwise.
  3. Use of cell phones in the classroom: In my internship, I let the students use their cellphones in the classroom for a lot of classes. They would take pictures of notes in math class, and use it for research. A lot of our assignments were on GoogleClassroom, so some of our students when they could not get a ChromeBook or a desktop would use their phones. But then it also meant that sometimes students would not be doing the work they should be. So I want to learn more about that. Because I don’t want my learners to have to completely remove their phones from the classroom – they are useful, and a lot of them will be using phones for the entirety of their lives, so they should get used to using them responsibly and effectively.

Because I have spoken about my students in this blog. I am going to attach a photo of some of the pictures my students have drawn for me. It’s sort of a relevant photo – apologies it’s not the most relevant thing. But I miss my students right now, so we all have to deal with it!

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