Saturday, January 31, 2015

Blog Post #3

Peer Editing

This is a picture of Woody and Buzz from Disney's "Toy Story". Woody has a shocked look on his face while Buzz is saying "Red marks. Red marks everywhere"

      Peer editing is when you evaluate a classmates work looking for ways to improve,revise, or edit their writing.There are three important steps in the process of when peer editing. First is to give compliments, second is to make suggestions, and third is to correct. I believe the best way to approach peer editing is to consider how you would want someone to peer edit you, you would want then to be observant and honest, yet kind. If you only point out the mistakes in someones writing then that negatively affects their confidence in their writing abilities. Constructive feedback is received better when it is given in a sensitive way.

      When I peer edit my class mates blog post I will keep an open mind and remember that everyone has their own writing style. I will be positive and be quick to give compliments.. I will use the rubric that my group and myself come up with to ensure that I will evaluate each post by the same guidelines. I will be honest and to the point when it comes to suggestions and corrections because, it would not be fair if I just said "everything looks great". Peer editing is important because people can have a hard time proof reading their own work. It helps to have someone else look at their work from a different point of view and make suggestions and corrections to improve their work. It can be very beneficial for the student to get feedback from other students rather just the teacher because they see that everyone makes mistakes. Peer editing can also improve teamwork and communication skills in the class room so that students become more confident 

Sunday, January 25, 2015

Blog Post #2

"Mr. Dancealot" video

Students bored during a lecture. Some are asleep while others look extremely uninterested

      I believe the central message in the video "Mr. Dancealot" was that you have to do the hands on work and practice to be able to truly learn a new skill or idea. The professor in the video just lectured the entire semester yet expected his students to be able to master these dance styles that they we not familiar with. The author proves this by showing how the students preformed when they are asked to dance for their final exam. Obviously, they have no idea how to do these dances because they were never able practice in class where they could have gotten feed back and instruction from the professor. Two students even say they tried to practice outside of class but were unsuccessful so they stopped. I completely agree with this conclusion. I truly believe that people have to practice and actually do the work themselves to be able to learn a new skill or idea. For example, if these student's final exam was a written exam I'm sure they could have gotten a good grade, but the information would have not gone any deeper than just to be remembered to pass the final.

"Teaching in the 21st century"

I. Students have access to more technology
  A. Cell phones, laptops, Twitter, Facebook
  B.It goes beyond just books.
II. Teacher's are filters
  A.With access to more technology students get more information from other sources.
  B.Students can find info whenever they want
  C. Teachers need to show them how to find information correctly.

        In the video Roberts clearly states that teachers are no longer the primary source of information for their students. Students have access to so much technology that they learn more on the internet than they do from books. Instead, teachers are becoming more of filters for their students to show them how to get correct information and how to share that information with others. I feel with the way Roberts sees teaching changing the possibilities in education are endless With the click of a button students have access to the most up to date information on practically any subject. I believe this will affect me as an educator to know that my role as a teacher will be different than my elementary school teachers. When I was in elementary we rarely used computers and relied heavily on books, I know that my future classes will have access to sources that I didn't. I feel like we are a whole new generation of educators and it will be a learning process for us all.

This is a cartoon drawing of a female teacher, surrounded by words used to describe her role as a teacher.

    As I watched "The networked student" I kept in mind the question asked "Why does the networked student even need a teacher?". It seemed as though the student was doing just fine finding all the information he need on his own and even going above and beyond to find the information. I found as the video ended that I agreed with the reasons given at the end of the video stating the importance of having a teacher.
Even with all the technological advances in education, a teacher is still a vital part of the learning process. A teacher's experience and insight prove to be key to helping the student in the video gain more knowledge.

I believe the thesis of Davis'video is that when a teacher uses technology and customizes lessons to students individual interest, they are more likely to succeed. I agree with this argument made in the video. I know from my own experience that when I was required to learn material from a book for a test I could do so and made an A on the test, but soon after I would forget the majority of what I had "learned". Only a certain type of student can truly learn and remember long term information just poured into them. However by letting students take the lead in their own education, with guidance from the teacher, they can and do learn more effectively.

"Who's Ahead in the Learning Race?''

This is a picture of a very young baby asleep on a Macbook with an Ipad in the background.

In this video Dr. strange gives many examples of things that first graders are doing with technology in comparison to undergrad and grad students a South. The first graders shown are already using Mac's and using them well, while some of the grad and undergrad students were having a hard time learning how to use one. The first graders were making rubrics, blogs, and imovies; things that some of us are learning how to do for the first time. this would suggest that first graders are actually ahead in the learning race and i would agree. When I was in elementary school we learned from books, worksheets, and lectures that's it. Children these days have access to more technology and teachers are using that to their advantage. Imagine when these kids are in college.

"Flipping the classroom"

This is a picture of desk that is upside down and appears to be on the ceiling. On the desk is a stack of book with a green apple on top, along with some chalk and a pencil. The word "Flipped" is in the bottom right hand corner.

      I have heard the term "flipping the classroom", but I have never understood what exactly it meant, so the concept is somewhat new to me. In a few of my high school classes we were asked to read the chapters before class so then we could go more in depth with the teacher in class, but I'm not sure if that would count as flipping the classroom. I feel this approach could really work as long as parents are on board with it (as far as with younger students) but I think it could be a great new way for students to take charge of their personal education. Flipping the classroom would give students the ability to go at their own pace at home and even replay parts of the lecture as needed. After having some practice problems at home they can narrow down what specific questions to ask the teacher the next day in class. Also, by doing more practice in the classroom the teacher can focus more on helping student rather than just doing a lecture. 

      This article was an insightful read. So often teachers and students are so focused on themselves that they forget they are part of a network of others. I can use the mind set of teamwork in my future classes and schools.  I can collaborate with other teachers for new ideas about what they have had success with, as well as help my students connect with others and promote teamwork. I feel that so many things in life require help or involvement from others yet in school it has been drilled into our heads to "be the best" and it's "every man for themselves" that students often do not know how to work together.

Sunday, January 18, 2015

Blog Post #1

This picture is of a tired woman seated at a desk surrounded by stacks of books looking down at a book with her hands on her head
      I have heard many things about EDM 310, some encouraging and others terrifying. I have heard just do your work on time and you'll be fine. I've also heard "There's no hope", "It's the worst class I've ever taken" and "I'm glad it's you and not me"My fears of EDM 310 are that the rumors are true and I may not make it victoriously to the other side with the grade I want; or that I am going to put so much time and effort into this class that my other classes will suffer.

            So far EDM 310 is much different than many other college classes I've taken. EDM 310 seems to be a class that pushes students to really do their own work and take their education into their own hands. With the strict policies on dead lines, absences, and professionalism; it is unlike any other class I've encountered so far. Most of the other classes I've taken have been based on the "burp back" concept and rewarded who could remember the most for the test.I feel that the most difficult thing for me would be is to make sure I don't forget a project or become overwhelmed with all the different assignments. I plan to stay on top of all my work and not procrastinate. I know that if I plan out my time correctly then I should do fine. While EDM 310 is a bit intimidating I am looking forward to all it has to offer.

Saturday, January 17, 2015

Practice Blog Post 1

Out line

I. Who am I?

    A. Name- Paige Inman
  1.          22 years old, married, have one child.
  2.          Where I'm from (baton rouge)
  3.           Attending South to stay close to family
    B. Passions
  1.         Being a mother
  2.         Helping people
II. Why do I want to be an educator?
   A. Love kids
  1.         Helping under privileged kids
  2.         Be a positive influence in kids lives
  3.         Be able to spend more time with my own child.
   B. What does an educator so in his or her practice?
  1.       Mentor kids
  2.       Help kids shape their futures.
  3.       Equip people with tools to succeed

Practice Post

       I am Paige Inman, I am 22 years old. I have been married for three and a half years and I am the mother of a incredible and feisty 16 month old little girl. I am originally from Baton Rouge, Louisiana but I have lived in Baldwin county for 12 years. I am currently attending USA in order to stay close to both mine and my husband family. I have many passions in life but a few tend to define me more than others. First and probably my most important passion is being a mother. I absolutely adore being a mom and all the messes that go along with it. Since I became a mother I am more confident in myself, more compassionate for others, and have grown tremendously as a person. My passion for being a mom has deepened my second passion of helping other, especially children, with struggles my may go through. I get such a sense of accomplishment if I can help someone with a need they have, whether it be psychical or emotional I strive to provide.

      I want to be an educator for a number of reasons but I'll just touch on a few. First, I love kids. I love my kid, I love other peoples kids, just in general I love kids. The kids that tend to be closer to my heart and a major reason why I want to be a teacher are underprivileged kids. I have worked with orphans and children in extreme poverty both in the Untied States and in Honduras. I want to be a positive influence in children's lives so they can in turn help others. Also I want to be able to spend more time with my own children and to know what they are being taught. I believe the practice of being a teacher is important as is what teacher do in that practice. Teachers mentor kids not only in learning new material but in learning new skills need for their future. They help shape people's futures by the quality and the manner in which they teach, They also equip people with skills and tools they need to be successful in the future. I do not think teacher should just "spoon feed" their students but instead engage in a two way learning relationship.