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The right moment to have read it.

As part of my on-going assignment, where I have to reflect on different blogs, which I’m appreciating more and more, I came across a post that honestly, is what I needed to read at this moment.

http://function-of-time.blogspot.ca/2013/01/if-you-are-confused-you-have-so-much.html

As my semester is winding down, classes are coming to a close, assignments are piling up, marks have become heavier, my stress load is rapidly increasing. Furthermore, the winding down of the semester also preludes to my upcoming practicum in September. And I’m terrified! I’m scared that I’m going to somehow royally screw this up. And I’ve wanted this for sooooo long! It would break my heart if I actually failed my practicum.

The other day, I was explaining to my friend why I felt the way that I did and she finally asked, “What is it that you think you will fail at?”. I remember saying to her, “There’s so many things that I know I’m horrible at and I’m scared that one of those things will limit my ability to teach.”

So, you can imagine my mind state when I finished reading Kate’s post.

And she said, “Kate, that is not true. I think you like being bad at things, because you like learning.”

I had never thought about things like that before. I actually had to step away from her blog post and for a several days, I kept thinking about what she said. I asked myself the same thing. Do I enjoy being bad at doing things so that I can be challenged to be better? Hmm. Does it give me a reason to actually improve myself? And thus, am incredibly harsh on myself?

I’m still not sure, but reading her blog gave me a different perspective on my fear. I am scared. Yes, there’s a lot that I’m horrible at. And yes, I’m terrified those aspects of me are going to limit my ability to teach. But at the end of the day, I’m still learning. Yes, I enjoy learning. Yes, I’m committed to becoming a better teacher. I’m learning to be a better teacher and that’s the best place to start anyway, right?

I would have loved to be in his class.

I’m referring to Andrew Stadel and his math class. (See link for details: http://mr-stadel.blogspot.ca/2012/06/estimation-is-key.html)

I would have loved to be in his class!

Why?

One: He had a hook. He took a picture of the parking lot and asked the kids to guess how many spaces were in the lot. The picture in itself is ordinary but the question, is quite profound. If I was in the class, especially on the first day, had he just asked the question, I probably wouldn’t have been as engaged. But the combination of the picture, which is part of the school, and the question that I’ve never even thought about before, would definitively have me thinking. I’m already hooked – which I guess is the point of a hook. Heh.

Two: Not just going into the topic right away, he discussed the pros and cons of making estimations. He could have easily gotten right into estimations since the students would have already been engaged. He, however, had the students come up with reasons why estimations were good and bad, and at the same time, validated what the students already knew about estimation and refreshed what some kids have not quite remembered. I like it. For me, as a student. I would have felt more confident knowing that estimations could be wrong.

Three: The fact that solving the problem was hands-on and visual fascinated me! He didn’t have the answer either! He asked a question that he wanted to find out and invited the students to join him on his adventure. As a student, I would have been excited knowing that we were all learning together!

Four: The fact that the lesson was so much more than estimation of numbers, but rather, how estimation is so much a part of our lives. We estimate everyday and not just in the classroom. He took them out of the class to experience a real-world estimation. He not only emphasized the importance of an estimate as being a starting point (doesn’t have to be correct), but also demonstrated how estimation/math also lives outside the four walls of a classroom. Loved it!

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Gifs describing my week.

When reading – “Intersubjectivity is also necessary for sociodramatic play to be sustained and for it to serve as a zone of proximal development in which children advance their skills and understanding.”

Accepting the fact that I will be unemployed for a while after getting my degree.

When I realized the guy I was interested in was no longer interested.

When I babysat my nieces and nephew.

How I felt when my older cousins paid for my dinner.

After watching “Star Trek – Into Darkness” last week. I ended up watching it 3 times.

When my best friend told me her ex got a girl pregnant.

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