Tuesday, June 21, 2011

Critial Thinking and Problem Solving

Hello Blogger,
I just finished watching a few videos about how children use critical thinking in math. The videos that I watched where very interesting and actually I can say that I was fascinated watching the  kids in these videos. These kids where put into groups and amongst them they need to correct there math papers without the teacher giving them the answers. That meant that if one of the students had a different answer than another student they had to try to work that problem out again until they all came up with the same answer. Now a skill like this is very hard to do especially if you are 10 years old.
I realized that from this video that children teaching and learning from each other is very important. The kids in the video where learning more than just math skills, they where learning how to communicate and listen to what others thought. I consider that more than just a math skill, but a life skill. I also seemed to make learning more hands on and fun for the children.

Wednesday, June 15, 2011

So Much to Learn

Hello Everyone,
Well I just finished watching hours of videos and reading material on how to teach Elem. Math to young children. Who would have thought that there would be so much to teaching this stuff. I realized that knowing the information that you are teaching is only a small step in teaching it. If you are going to be a successful teacher you need to have many tools in your tool box. Every child learns in a different way and in order to reach out and teach every child you need to know many different ways of teaching the same material.
Not only do you have to do this because you care about children and you want them to get the most out of their education, but because it is the law. There are law that that say that every child must become sufficient in math and show progress every year. The way that the state knows if a teacher is doing a good job and reaching out to every child is by giving the children many tests, that in the end will show that specific child's progress over the year.
I believe that being a teacher is more than just teaching children the material that they need to know, but to teach every child the same material in a different. In a way that reaches every child so that the information stick with them throughout their year.

Tuesday, June 14, 2011

My first Blog

Hello Bloggers, well I actually did it. I figured out how to create my own blog and to my surprise it wasn't even that difficult. This is where I am going to talk about what I have learned and what I hope to learn about Math for Elem. Ed. So far I have found out that there is a lot to learn and understand, so stay tuned this may be interesting. Gina