Quote: “In a collective, people belong in order to learn.” pp. 52
Question: I have started to create a learning community, how can I shift the mindset to make a collective within my classroom?
Connection: Our google communities that we have created are a good example of what a collective should look like. I have been sharing ideas with my other math teacher friends, and also asking them for advice on how to help my students understand things that I am teaching in my class. I have been using pinterest too. I love the way that pinterest uses pictures and links to archive material. I have been a part of the pinterest community to learn new ways to present material and get new ideas on activities for my students to learn the material. These communities help me learn and have me take an active role in helping eachother learn and grow in this profession.
Epiphany: Not everyone needs to contribute knowledge to this group, those who are taking knowledge can contribute by commenting on posts or +1 the post!
Quote: “give an individual the chance to interact with and become part of a collective that both shapes and is shaped by his or her thoughts.” pp. 64
Question: How can I improve the community of my blog? What sort of communities / collectives are my students involved in? Can I create a collective/community between my students to get them to collaborate and interact to help each other learn.
Connection: My personal blog is starting to create a little community where they comment and encourage my progress. I keep chatting with other students in the program who haven’t commented on the blog but like all of the pictures and videos that I have been posting. They have been keeping up with my progress and will talk with me about it. I really didn’t intend for this to happen but I really like talking with my friends about it. They will ask me questions about how close I got, and a lot of questions about how my ankle is doing after my injury, then I get to ask them about their projects and how their progress is going. I am especially interested in Jen Duvall’s 20% project. I love mendallas and wanted her to do one on my surfboard. I haven’t been doing too good of a job to reply to posts on my 20% blog. I need to keep on top of commenting and responding to comments that are posted to my blog to keep that discussion fueled and also to keep people interested in my persuit. I want to keep this collective going.
Epiphany: People who are following my blog are not only following my progress toward landing an air reverse but also learning with me too. They get access to all of the information that I am finding and also suggest new ideas and discuss with each other.
Quote: “the component of knowing that is assumed, unsaid, and understood as a product of experience and interactions” pp. 74
Question: The book suggests that students learn best when pursuing passions within a bounded environment. How can I create a bounded environment that promotes students to pursue their passions and meet the standards that as a teacher I am required to teach?
Connection: Inquiry based learning is something new to me and also something that I have not experienced personally in high school. When I was in high school it was drill and kill. I wish that some of my teachers offered me the opportunity to pursue my passions, especially in the classes that I got to take. I loved art and building things. My school didn’t offer any art classes beside drawing and painting, but I was interested in graphic design, screen printing, and street art.
Now thinking about my own classroom, how can I allow students to pursue passions in mathematics? My first methods teacher really pushed inquiry, and having students develop their own ideas and conjectures about the topics in my class. The questions that he would ask would have an easy way to approach the problem, then the question would have the students think deeper and try to reason through their ideas mathematically. I tried some of this with my students, but the questions I asked needed a easier way for students to develop ideas on the content and pursue those ideas. This could be a good way to develop my students passion in my subject.
Epiphany: I need to motivate my students to want to explore topics that we are covering in my class and let them be curious.