My family truly made my success in the Innovative Learning Program possible. I want to send them a big thank you. Thank you so much to my mom, your constant encouragement and willingness to help with Kaylani has made this possible. To my daughter Kaylani, thank you for being patient and understanding as I spend a lot of time working, I hope I am modeling a love of learning and dedication; you are truly my source of inspiration. Rick, you have given my feedback, helped with Kaylani, encouraged me and uplifted me, I appreciate you.
I also need to say a big thank you to my C-15 Fam! They have added laughs, support and great feedback to each class and each assignment. I am glad that I was a part of this group.
I view the Innovative Learning Program as a launch pad. When I first started the program I was focused on things in my classroom, how can blogging support math? As the program continued I connected to what was happening with blogging as a system; this gave me an amazing opportunity. I was able to go to Finland with Lisa Gottfried to represent her and New Technology High when being recognized by hundrED as one of the top educational innovations. This experience along with the work I have done throughout the year has opened my eyes to so many possibilities. As I move forward I plan to work with my freshman team and those that are using blogging in and out of their classroom. My goals with blogging moving forward are as follows:
- Encourage the adults to blog more often.
- Bring awareness to the staff on where we are and where we are headed when it comes to our blog portfolios.
- Support teachers in creating ways to have blogging enhance things that are already happening in the classroom.
- Incorporate blogs into things that students are already working on.
- Have more community partners and experts read and give feedback on students' blogs.
- Help students use their portfolios outside of the classroom.
As I continue to move forward with blogging I would also like to really look at the role math plays in an interdisciplinary project. I am not completely sure the direction I will take with this or the specific questions I will ask; however, I know that we need to make improvements to how we are teaching math.
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