Digital Footprint project.. great way to reflect on where you spend time on the Internet…
Who am I on the Internet? Four years ago, I was just an anonymous web surfer. Now, if I Google my name, my accounts from different social networking sites appear, as do newspaper articles I wrote and my volleyball statistics. It’s fascinating but slightly creepy how many results pop up now compared to when I was just entering high school.
One contributing factor to my increase in Google “popularity” (for lack of a better word) is that I’ve grown to be more comfortable with the world wide web. I used to be super concerned with Internet privacy, and so all of my blogs and profiles were private or hidden. I still keep some of my profiles, such as Facebook, private, but others like my Twitter account and photography site are public. I suppose my reasoning behind this is that Facebook is more of a personal, close-knit community whereas Twitter is…
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When students don’t see the teacher everyday (as in College), this model could really benefit students who are having problems.
Due to Khan Academy’s popularity, the idea of the flipped classroom has gained press and credibility within education circles. Briefly, the Flipped Classroom as described by Jonathan Martin is:
Flip your instruction so that students watch and listen to your lectures… for homework, and then use your precious class-time for what previously, often, was done in homework: tackling difficult problems, working in groups, researching, collaborating, crafting and creating. Classrooms become laboratories or studios, and yet content delivery is preserved. Flip your instruction so that students watch and listen to your lectures… for homework, and then use your precious class-time for what previously, often, was done in homework: tackling difficult problems, working in groups, researching, collaborating, crafting and creating. Classrooms become laboratories or studios, and yet content delivery is preserved (http://www.connectedprincipals.com/archives/3367).
A compiled resource page of the Flipped Classroom (with videos and links) can be found at http://www.scoop.it/t/the-flipped-classroom
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When has a teacher not heard the phrase “When am I ever going to use this?” from his/her students? Students inherently need to make the connection of what they are learning to their real lives. If they can see the connection, they will take more of an interest in what they are learning.
After all, Math IS everyone’s business! It’s all around us and we use it everyday. Even if we aren’t explicitly using math, we are using the skills that learning math teaches us.
As a Business Math teacher, I am able to find examples that show students where the math they learn is used in real life business applications. Through our HP Project, we are striving to make the links stronger through connections with local Entrepreneurs who share how they use Math in their businesses.
For high school teachers, it can be difficult to make the connection to real world use for some of the math that is taught in school. This is especially true when the student is not moving on to a college or university program that relates to math directly. I recently found an link on twitter to an article that talks about the life lessons that Math teaches us. You can find the article here. Next time you are struggling to find a concrete example of how students would use the math your teaching in their lives — connect it to some of the examples in this article.