“Blog about it” entry #2

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Now comes the time when teachers should make students alive while learning mathematics and students should find inspiration in what they are learning. As Goos mentioned in chapter 1, teachers are the ones who communicate their beliefs about mathematics through their classroom practices. And for teachers it gets sometime difficult to convey students the actual sense of the mathematics and when teachers not able to do that then students feel alienated in the mathematics classroom. And for teachers to find out how students are making sense of the mathematics they are learning is a challenging task. But it has to be done. Teachers have to find new ways of assessing and evaluating students so that students don’t feel that are pressured to do something they don’t find interesting.

And I am in total agreement with Beswick on this that providing teachers with resources, curriculum materials and ideas are not enough to change student’s perceptions about mathematics. Teachers beliefs are important in the context and if teachers believe that reciting facts and performing procedures are enough then students will get away from mathematics because not all facts and procedures are meaning full to students. Mathematics teaching should make students feel smooth and calm after their learning.

I believe that mathematics should be taught like music is taught, teacher have to show student how it feels to like to learn mathematics, how it feels like to perform mathematics, how it feels like to listen to mathematics.

I believe that students should be given the opportunity to joke about mathematics and say bad things about mathematics because this will present their teachers an opportunity to modify their teaching strategies.

I believe that the things we don’t understand makes us not like them and most of all we are scared to learn about them and I think that is what happening with mathematics education because students are given less opportunities to understand mathematics.

I believe that teachers are not the only role models for students to learn mathematics. It is the collective responsibility of all to show the charm in mathematics like to make cartoons, movies, sports and games that clearly shows that they are engaging in mathematics.

I believe that in order for students to change their perception about math, mathematics teachers have to look cool. And I am not just talking about their attire it involves their whole personality that can show student and want them to say “I want to become like that one day”.

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Blog post 1

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I started reading Anne Davies “ Making classroom assessment work” and before getting into the book chapters, one thing that caught my eyes was the writing on the back cover saying “Quality classroom assessment methods, like good hiking boots, will support learner and give them a solid foundation for their lifelong journey. Now, this sentence totally fit my personal experience, because my whole high school and university experience build up on the assessment techniques that did not give any solid foundation. And why is that, the answer is actually in the Anne Davies book chapter 2, where she is talking about descriptive feedback and evaluative feedback. The only thing I was given was the evaluative feedback. Now the problem with that was that I had no clue of what I did good and I what did wrong and how much I did good and how I did wrong. And this is what we talked about in class about thinking of what were some positive/negative assessment experiences in our lives. And to learn more about the evaluative feedback I read the article “Assessment and classroom learning By Black, Paul, Wiliam, Dylan, Assessment in Education: Principles, Policy & Practice Mar1998, Vol. 5, Issue 1” Now it was a long 65 pages article but the gist of the article was that evaluative feedback can completely interfere with student learning process and most of the time that interference is negative. On the other hand descriptive feedback give students chance to know something about themselves and it also provides evidence that teacher know their students and this also leads up to a class room environment that is feasible to every student. Although I am not a fan of evaluative feedback but I think it provides a great opportunity for peer assessment and learning with others. Because thats how I learned, whenever my teacher give me back any assignment I try to compare it to my classmate to assess what I missed and what needs to be done. And as Anne Davies mentioned in chapter 11 that there are many ways to assess and one of them is learning from others. I was reading an article on learning from others by Jeff Durham and he wrote some sentences that just clinged to mind and one of them “The beauty of wanting to learn from others is that you will remain open and willing to listen which, in return, will draw others towards you which will also open up many new doors and experiences”. And i think learning from other has all components of assessment embeded in i.e. assessment for, as, and of learning. And therefore, we should act upon any opportunity that gives us a chance to learn from others.

“Blog About it” Entry #1

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At this point i think i can say that Mathematics has been in my life for a long time now. I am just going to say it here, “I don’t find mathematics interesting but i don’t know why i want to learn more about math as my life goes on and this is the my third degree in mathematics. I loved doing long mathematical solutions especially differential equations, solving those problems which can be seen through computer simulations. I wanted to see the fun in mathematics.

And on the other hand most of the time when someone needed my help to teach math to middle and high school students, i had no clue of how to approach that. Because every time i teach them i want to show them something interesting about math and they only want solutions to their assignment.

I believe that math is fun to learn and I don’t want to prove it to anybody that math is fun. But proving and showing are two different things. There is a need to show that math is fun and entertaining.

My high school math teacher told me that math is the only subject in which you can score hundred out of hundred and that’s the only reason why I developed interest in math and it started fading away when I was done my high school. But when I started my university I applied in electronic engineering program where I went in for consultation, a professor sitting there saw my math scores and said “Oh you must like math” and I said “hmm its boring” and then he said “I know why it’s boring, let me show you one thing”, he showed me a picture of airplane and said “mathematicians made this airplane” and I said “no engineers made this” and then he introduced me fluid dynamics and aerodynamics which is part applied mathematics and that was it and now I have two master’s in fluid dynamics from university of Regina.

The power of showing not proving, “One picture changed my entire career path”.

Summary of learning

Now, i had to find something cool to present in the end of this class, that actually shows my learning process in way that is eye catching for and reflects the the true purpose of ECMP 355.

So, why not pick something that involves, media, technology and animations.

I really feel good by finishing my summary of learning. Thank you Moovly with such cool animations, hopefully you will like this and thank you everyone for feedback on my twitter and blog,

Also, I would like to thanks Dr Alec with such nice layout for our learning the entire smester

…….Enjoy…….

 

Contributing to the learning of others (an ongoing journey)

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Before starting my education degree I had no clue to how to keep log of all the contribution to others learning. I tutor at student success centre at University of Regina, and in every tutoring session i help my students go through different levels of learning but i never thought of keeping log of those thing. this is me helping other in Workshops and Learning Skills

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But when i started my ECMP 355 this semester everything changed. I felt that it is important to keep track of these learning contribution because this way i can help my students in a more organized way by referring them to my previous learning contributions to others.

My online contribution to the learning of the others was zero before this class but when i started blogging in this class i felt like this is most coolest way we can help each other. And also i thought twitter was just for richest but what a tool it is. Below you will find how I contributed to the learning of other during this semester:

Blogging and Commenting on others blog

My blogs were informative and posed questions on why certain aspects of education is important and they also included to resources if further information is requires on my peers part.

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I also commented on other blog to encourage meaningful feedback and further interactions on different thoughts

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Tweeting

One  of my blog post was tweeted by one of classmate an excellent example of co contribution to the learning of others

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Contributing to the learning of others in math I posed a question on historical math event

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And look at the response i got with the help from my teacher Dr. Alec that i think was surely helpful for my classmates

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Also, i presented my thoughts through discussion on on different hashtags like saskedchat, edchat scichat, so that other can learn a little bit about different aspects of the discussed topic.

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And for our ed tech tool presentation we picked Khan academy and helped others in learning that khan academy is not just watching for watching videos. it is a whole organization and teachers can benefit a lot from this tool here is me contributing to other future.

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Google Plus Community

I joined the google plus community for ECMP 355 class so that i can discuss and help others in figuring about course progression. here is me initiating a conversation on what would be a good topic for our tech tool presentation and encouraging other classmates to join our group.

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Learning Project

I think my learning project was very explanatory. Anyone can look at my learning project blog post and understand how to create their own website (not a page, an actual website). I am contributing to the learning of others by giving them a composed outlook of Drupal. They just have to follow step by step integration of my learning project. I also included useful resources so that my peers can follow through these resources.

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I feel that this post truly reflects some of the ways I’ve contributed to the learning of others online this semester. But If you’d like to see more about my contribution, you can have a look on my blog.

I feel that there is still lot to be done and i  look forward to continuing to build myself through making connections with other educators.

 

 

 

 

 

Creating menus for my website

If you are still wondering why my website doesn’t work on your computer this is because you need to install WAMP. the reason is my website will work only on “localhost” for now. And in order to go to “http” i have to pay money. so just go with it now.

OK, so as in my earlier post about my learning project you saw i am just on the main page of my website. so the next task for me to create menus for my clients, so when they log in to my website they can do what ever they want. if you want to know how to do that. follow my screen shots below

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I did a little bit of research on how do to this. if you want to learn more please visit w3schools. This resource helped me a lot during my whole learning project.

Coding for Kids

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If you are interested in why coding is important for kids have a look here

Now a days, coding and kids has become a topic of great importance and increasing international awareness. Through use of coding in schools we are moving from the thoughts of coding is for geeks to coding is for world. And when i saw, a video from code.org that basically encouraging all students to get into the coding world. For those of us who still believe that coding is very hard, go to code.org and explore your coding level. you will be amazed by how much you can do and teach.

Recently, lot of talking is going on that understanding and  knowing how to code and program is necessary and essential part of schooling, especially for K-12. And i think it is great thing because this way kids are learning a skill that will enable children to succeed in today global world.