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.