Reflection on Blogging

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Blogging was a new experience for me.  I had considered asking my computer savvy son to help me set up a blog but this course forced me to experience blogging on my own.  I rather found it enjoyable.  I plan to continue with blogging but may change to my interests of quilting and cooking instead.

By taking this course I learned that online courses are no more difficult than face to face classes.  I rather enjoyed doing my course work when I wanted to in the comfort of my own home.  Because this is a career change for me, this course helped me become more comfortable with the subject of Math in general.  I’m becoming confident that I could teach Math if I choose to next year.

I am amazed at how interrelated math is with nature.  I especially enjoyed the nonlinear patterns web quest and learning about Fibonacci, the Golden Rule and Fractals.  I think these theories help us with design principles that work when decorating our homes, designing a quilt pattern or putting together a coordinated outfit.

Yes I will use journals with students.  I see the value of students taking the time to write down their thoughts, feelings and questions about Math.  I also think it would be a great way to assess how students are grasping the content material in classrooms that are larger than ideal size. My writing responses to the students would be a way to give the students a little more individual attention, not always possible during the class period.  I especially like the idea of a blog.  Students would be more open to writing if they can do it on the computer.  I also think blogging would be more convenient because I could read the blogs while at home without dragging a stack of journals home.

 

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2 responses »

  1. What a great idea online journals. I hadn’t thought of that. I am a little leery of using technology like this for fear of misuse however, if you had students blog about something specific like an assignment or concept then it would be okay and of course if one of them figured out how to misuse it somehow there would be consequences. Sometimes I worry too much…my students sometimes are not concerned with consequences…

    Thanks for the idea!

  2. Donna, I enjoyed the non-linear web quest too. It was interesting to find out about the Golden Rule and Fibbonaci. I never knew the golden rule was prevalent in many famous works of art. I also took this class to boost my confidence level with math. It certainly has and I have applied many of the things I learned in my classes already.

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