A student asked me if I thought his picture was beautiful. I was like “Are you kidding? Of course it’s beautiful! …. Can I take a picture?” He was so proud. Sometimes you have to give them their 5 minutes of fame, even more so when they’re children. That’s how their self-confidence grows.

Blackout Poetry

I am about to introduce Blackout poetry to my class for student teaching. Personally, I have been meaning to do this for a while. So when I decided I wanted to teach a lesson on poetry, this was one of the first things that came to mind as I was coming up with activities. This works well with my lesson as I am not only teaching the students to differentiate between poetry and prose but I am also teaching them to identify literary devices and the ways they help us understand text a little better. I was going to do this the old fashioned way with newspaper clippings and permanent markers but then I suddenly came across this cool interactive feature on the New York Times website.

Here’s the link if you would like to try it out: Searching for Poetry in Prose

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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.


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.