Da’Zha Hairston – Week 2 Blog Post

SOL Chosen: (3.12) The student will identify equivalent periods of time, including relationships among days, months, and years, as well as minutes and hours.

Technology: Things that we could use to show the relationships between different time periods are clocks, calendars, the hands on the clocks, watches, timers, pens and pencils, paint, or even a white board and markers.

Pedagogy: The way we would teach the material would be comparing calendars, the knuckle analogy (so that students can see which months do and do not have 31 days), by showing them how smaller increments make up larger increments (such as  seconds turning into minutes, minutes to hours, hours to days, days to weeks, weeks to months, and months to years).

Content Knowledge: We could incorporate things we already know to increase their understanding of the material, such as: not all months have 31 days, then some years have 366 days because they are considered a “leap year”. We can use what we already know about the topic to help them understand or fill the gaps if some things do not make sense. The smaller increments making up bigger increments that are considered pedagogy, are also considered content knowledge because that is something that we already know that we are trying to teach to our students.

Da’Zha Hairston – Week 1 Blog Post

I think a personal website, blog or social media account can be used in my future teaching career in a number of ways. Children now a days are so involved in their technology, that they have so many different apps on their phones. Between Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, Tumblr, etc, there are so many ways for us to communicate with one another.  After visiting a number of elementary school classrooms while here at VCU, I have noticed a lot of teachers are beginning to trade in the pen and paper for an iPad or a tablet. Most children have phones, iPads, laptops, Apple watches, and all other forms of technology so that they can communicate with their peers. If I begin to take interest in some of the things they want, then I believe that it could be a start in improving our communication with one another. When I was growing up and began to notice that teachers started to implement more technology, I wasn’t really a big fan of it. Still to this day, I much rather take notes with pen and paper, rather than use my laptop. Although this is what I prefer, I am well aware that everyone is different. I’m excited to start adding technology into my classroom and seeing how much the students benefit from it!

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