How I could use a blog in my future classroom.
Thinking about how I have used a blog in my own classroom experiences I would be open to implementing a blog into a future classroom. I think I would use the blog to post information about assignments where the students could respond to my posting on their own blogs with pictures and videos, much like we are doing for this class. Helpful features of a blog would be the creativity aspect that students could put into an assignment that they might not be able to do when handing in an assignment on paper. Students are able to upload pictures and use clip art that they may not be able to draw or use when they are not using a blog to complete an assignment. A constraint we could experience while using a blog in the classroom would be the lack of availability the students may have to the internet while at home. With this constraint, I would have to make time for students to have access to the internet to complete the assignments while in the classroom.
My name is Jenny Wutka and I am originally from Livonia which is located on the east side of the state. I am a mathematics, elementary education major currently teacher assisting at Ridgeview Elementary in Sparta. I love being outside and spending time with my family and friends. I spend most of my summers babysitting, hanging in our pool, and golfing with friends. I recently started hiking and visited Yosemite National Park with my family for a four day exploration of the park. In May I am traveling with facility and students from Grand Valley to Tanzania where we will teach, visit an orphanage, hike Mt Kilimanjaro, and explore the Safari. The video below shows me in Yosemite National Park in front of lower Yosemite falls, double skiing at our cottage with my best friend, practicing my golf swing at the range, and having more fun at the lake on paddle boards with my dad.
I do not yet have much experience with technology in the classroom. In my placement at Ridgeview I have had experience with the smart board during math lessons. The lesson is in a powerpoint and students have the opportunity to interact with the board. We recently started using XtraMath with the students where they have their own account and they work through math problems at the level they are performing at; as they increase performance, the difficulty increases.