Back in High School, I remember buying a $130 TI-89 calculator to solve my tricky Algebra problems, and I constantly forget to bring it with to class with me. When I found that the class required strenuous computed work, I was faced with making a hard decision; whether or not to use my iPhone as a calculator. On my iPhone, there is an application that performed the same functions as a graphing calculator with a nicer interface. My teacher at the time was a very sweet elderly woman who liked to handle Math the old school way, breaking down the logic in sections and adding jingles to expressions as pneumonic devices, so when the cell phone and lap top came around she found it threatening to her lessons. You can’t blame her, I know many people would take advantage of this opportunity and abuse the privilege of a cell phone, but how are we as future teachers going to change that behavior? In an article by Cindy Matthews on Snow.ocad.ca, she suggests a new format to the classroom experience. Imagine couches instead of desks. iPads, iPhones and laptops instead of paper, that students could use to respond in real-time to questions proposed by the teacher through their own device. The classroom would all be connected without the threat of destroying the true definition of education, but rather redefining it. The modern school system is falling apart, and responsibly inviting technology into the classroom can greatly benefit student learning.
Gifted students in the classroom September 22, 2012
When teaching in an elementary classroom, I am going to have all different types of students. I plan to teach special education in an inclusive classroom, which opens up the door for more chance of gifted students to be in my classroom. Having a gifted student means that the student may be exceptionally smart but have social and behavioral issues. Chandra Moseley, mother of a gifted child, talks about the positives and negatives of having a gifted daughter. She talks about how when her daughter, Nya, colors, if she draws outside of the lines she gets very frustrated and freaks out.
Gifted students tend to want to be perfectionists. Nya’s teacher, Brenda Natt, always cuts the erasers off the pencils in the classroom for the students to teach them that it is OK to make mistakes and that not everything always has to be perfect. This is important for me in the future because I need to realize that there are many different types of students that I will encounter in the classroom and need to learn how to deal with the differences and help students progress and succeed.