Aside

I actually did better than I thought I would on yesterday’s presentation for my Learning and Assessment in Elementary Math Class. After how I felt on getting observed on Monday, I was not quite sure I would do any better for this one. And after hearing other people’s interesting topics, I was wondering if my topic was just as interesting. Well…my topic is discussing how educators can utilize students’ various Multiple Intelligence (MI) in math content. Surprisingly, I did a good job. I did get nervous and got stuck on a few words. But this time I was more casual about the fact that I couldn’t say the words and laughed it off. I really like how some of the words were just rolling off my tongue like psychological, emotional, environmental, social, and physiological. I liked the confidence I felt at the time I was saying it. The only time I got stuck on words was during sentence breaks and as Mrs. Agnew said, I have to learn how to break the silence. In this case, my professor helped me out by saying the words I was having a hard time with, which was “math podcasts”. As soon as she said, I was able to say it. It’s weird how I’m able to say something once I hear it from someone. It just automatically happens as if I’m a record player that has become stuck on a loop and someone comes and gets me going again. Even though it’s embarrassing  and frustrating, it helps.

Anyways, everyone’s presentation was awesome. I really like the integration of various subjects like art, literature, social studies, STEM,etc. into math content. Some of the activities looks like fun and something that can be done within and outside of a school setting.

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Pi in the Sky

 

Pi in the sky: Each building represents a number in pi. Color in the number of squares on the graph paper that correspond to each digit of pi. Kids can fill in columns of squares for as many digits as they wish.In the end, the bar graph takes the form of a skyline. Pretty cool.

“How can our knowledge, given the intelligences, help us learn to think like a historian, like a scientist, and so on? If we don’t change the way people think about those things, then school is a waste of time after elementary school.”
– Dr. Howard Gardner, Harvard University 

April 25th, 2016

Long story short… I did horribly. Just horribly. Not that it’s a surprise. Public speaking was never my strong suit. I was just a bundle of nerves, fidgeting in my seat, waiting for all of it to be over. I just couldn’t get rid of this feeling of anxiousness. It was there when I left home, it was there when I got to the school, when I met Mrs. Agnew, the person observing me, it was there even way after I finished the lesson. Mrs. Agnew is really nice. She came a bit early just so I can get to meet her and get comfortable with her before I teach the lesson. Although it did not really help me release my anxieties, I really appreciated the thought. I had a shaky start because all of a sudden all eyes were on me. 28 students, 2 teachers, 1 observer. It wasn’t like I hadn’t done this before but for some reason that 1 observer made all the difference.Of course, there were other factors that added to it such as:

1. The arrangement of the desks- Mrs. Smith changed the desks again last week. When I was making the lesson plan, I kind of had it all figured out about where I will be standing and such. I liked her old arrangement better where the desks were in clusters. It made moving around much easier. But this one, which looked like a mirror reflection of an “E”, kind of forced me to go to the front of the room where all eyes were pointed at me. There was that awkward silence that I typically experience when I start a presentation. Even though I didn’t have to go to the front of the room, I felt more compelled to do so because of how the desks were arranged.

2. Just the thought of knowing I was going to get observed today was a big drawback. I don’t do well. I don’t feel natural. Like today, I start to fidget around, breathing is irregular, my face starts to flush. This was my third LA lesson in this class and not once did Mrs. Smith have to step in for me. Even though I know that Mrs. Agnew is not here to judge me, I kind of had it in the back of my head that she is still observing me. And that thought in and of itself is why I did so poorly. I think I will get better with practice. Hopefully 😓.

But that is when I stopped. No matter how many breaths I took, no matter how many times I read a sentence over, I could not get myself to move on. All eyes were on me. Thankfully, Mrs. Smith took over the words I could not bring myself to say. But I felt frustrated that I let myself get to that stage. I looked at Mrs. Reifsnyder as Mrs. Smith read on. She gave me a warm smile that said something along the lines of “it’s OK”. I’m very happy that I’m in this classroom with two very good role models. I’m learning something each and every Monday that I’m here. After the lesson, Mrs. Agnew worked with me and Mrs. Smith to help me overcome my challenge . So for next week, I will be working with a smaller group and then two Mondays from that Mrs. Agnew and I will, hopefully, teach a lesson together. That lesson will be on poetry. I can’t wait 😊.

Unread Books, No Time

There are so many books that I want to read but I never have the time to just sit down and become absorbed into it. That takes time.

I want to savor each and every word, feel it in my thoughts, in my heart. I want to let it touch my soul. I want to take a piece of it with me into the next untold story.

Here are just a few in no particular order:

  1. 1Q84 by Haruki Murakami
  2. Go Set A Watchman by Harper Lee
  3. The Cuckoo’s Calling by Robert Galbraith (aka JK Rowling)
  4. All The Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr
  5. Quiet: The Power of Introverts In A World That Can’t Stop Talking by Susan Cain
  6. A Hundred Years of Solitude by Gabriel García Márquez
  7. The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky
  8. The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern
  9. The Color Purple by Alice Walker
  10. Infinite Jest by David Foster Wallace- I read that every English major should read this as this book is up their alley. Based on the reviews, it definitely looks intimidating with all the footnotes and all. I mean, look at it 😱 It’s a whole anthology!image
  11. The Bluest Eye by Toni Morrison
  12. Swamplandia! by Karen Russell
  13. Behind the Beautiful Forevers by Katherine Boo
  14. Yes Please by Amy Poehler
  15. Les Miserables by Victor Hugo
  16. Paradise Lost by John Milton- This one I want to re-read. I read it in college amidst 5 other courses and didn’t really get to absorb it all in. (Plus, I may have skimmed/skipped a few chapters for times sake ^^”)
  17. Moby Dick by Herman Melville- I also want to re-read this one; however, this time at a much more normal pace rather than eleven chapters a night 😕

 

Has anyone read any one if these? What were your experiences while reading it/them? Please share in the comments below 😊

April 11, 2016

Part 1

Mrs. Smith isn’t here today as she has gone on vacation to California. There isn’t a LA lesson today and next Monday AA Academy is closed. The following Monday, I am going to be observed teaching the class a lesson on Public Office by Ms. Agnew from Arcadia. Last week, I volunteered to facilitate the morning meeting for today because I need to connect with the students more. So just like every other morning meeting, today’s morning meeting consisted of the greeting (Hit the Floor!), sharing something about the weekend, and a game (charades). Well, I might switch out the game of charades for their favorite game, Statues, which Mrs. Smith isn’t very fond of because it’s not really effective in terms of a team building activity.

Part 2

Well, that went horribly. The greeting was okay but the other two was horrible. The one where they share something from their weekend, I was under the impression that one person would share one thing each. But only three people went and answered questions that their peers had. When I asked, I was informed that they are only allowed three shares. That threw me off a bit because that wasn’t what Mrs. Smith and I talked about last week. And the game of charades was even worse than that. I figured that maybe it was my fault that I didn’t specify the directions clearly.  But then I remembered that Mrs. Smith told me that this group can get loud pretty quickly. I had to go to the middle of the circle in order for everyone to focus on and listen to me. I realized that even though I explained to them how the game worked, I should have also told them which direction it should go in so they aren’t popcorn picking, to sit down in a circle, and raise their hands, without calling out, if they knew the answer. Well, as you can imagine, all three of these things happened today. Mrs. Reifsneider told me that I did fine but since they can get out of hand sometimes, I have to know how to reel them back in. Sometimes they are forgetful so I have to be there to constantly reinforce quietness. It looks like it’s going to take me a little more time until I can get comfortable enough with the kids that I can use my voice to quiet them down. However, I fear by that time, it will be time for me to leave AA Academy. Anyways, hopefully I’ll be able to both teach the lesson and manage the class simultaneously on the 25th of this month. I know I will make mistakes, but since I’ve already been getting positive feedback from all of my other lessons, I want to get the chance to improve on other things as well.