C4T#3, comment 1
I had the opportunity of reading Jennifer Brokofsky's blog post on jenniferbrokofsky.wordpress.com. The title of her most recent post is named "Three Act Math Movies- Candy Colours" posted on June 7, 2013. A synopsis of her post details an informative and insightful math lesson plan for students in grades second, fourth, and fifth. The mission of the activity is for students to connect and collaborate with their peers and understand the value of sharing. Ms. Brokofsky provides an example through a series of videos outlining concepts, including adding, subtracting, and problem-solving. The videos demonstrate these ideas by two students sharing skittles. First, one student counts to see how many skittles are in the bag. Second, the students discuss and arrange their favorite skittles colors. Third, the students demonstrate concepts of adding, subtracting, and problem solving to share the skittles. In conclusion, the students have an equal amount of skittles. I informed Ms. Brokofsky in my post about how I believed this activity to be constructive and beneficial for students. This activity teaches students the value of sharing and important math skills, as well. I articulated to Ms. Brokosfky on why I want to become a teacher. My passion is to inspire and educate students to live active and healthy lives. I also informed her that I believe it's important to emphasize math, science, and technology in our schools. It's key that we equip our students with inventive thinking skills, as well. As educators, we should empower our students to be creative and innovative in the 21st century. I also articulated to her that I believe it's important for students to express their thoughts and ideas in the classroom. Allowing students to communicate their knowledge, skills, values, and attitudes is not only productive, but efficient and effective, as well. I concluded my post by thanking her for the tools and resources she has provided me. Also, the hope that she will visit my blog.
C4T#3, comment 2
I had the opportunity of reading Jennifer Brokofsky's blog post on jenniferbrokofsky.wordpress.com. The title of her most recent post is named "It’s Been Awhile… Lessons Learned as a New Administrator" posted on March 23, 2014. A synopsis of her post details why she has not been blogging lately and the lessons she has learned from her transition as a consultant to a vice principal at an inner city school. The first lesson she has learned from her new position is the idea of understanding and addressing students' individualized learning needs. The second lesson she has learned is acknowledging every student learns differently and it's okay to spend extra time on a lesson. The third lesson she has learned is appreciating her students and understanding each student as their own knowledge, skills, values, attitudes, and opinions. The fourth lesson she has learned is realizing that everything cannot be done at once and thoughts and ideas need be explored thoroughly. The fifth lesson she has learned is acknowledging that she does not have all the answers, and it's key, welcoming and embracing students and colleagues views and opinions into the equation. The sixth lesson she has learned is the overwhelming joy she receives from being able to educate and inspire students. I informed Ms. Brokofsky in my post that I am thrilled she has returned to blogging because of the positive impact it has on the learning process. I also informed her that I have learned so much through my personal learning network, which includes blogs, Skype, Twitter, YouTube, and Facebook. I also informed Ms. Brokofsky about the importance of knowing as educators that we do not have all answers and it's productive if we collaborate and share thoughts and ideas with our colleagues and students. I concluded my post by thanking her for the tools and resources she has provided me. Also, the hope that she will visit my blog.