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DLMOOC has affected my teaching and learning.  I am now more aware of students and the way that some of them learn.  I try to focus on the way I educate with a different point of view.  I learned a lot of different ways to incorporate new ideas into my classroom.

Put into Practice #8:

This Put into practice was fun to think about.  Back in December, I had my students make snowflakes as we talked about symmetry and how snowflakes are designed.  I then gave them ownership on where they wanted the snowflakes to be hung.  A few of the students decided to decorate my classroom door with these snowflakes.  (They still hang there today!)  Giving the students ownership of the curation, gave the the ability to feel more in tune with the assignment.

As Pi Day approaches by the end of the week, I often have students color a picture of the Pi symbol and we hang them around the door and down the hallways in the Math corridor.  I plan to again give the students the choice to hang their Pi symbol where they choose, knowing that it will be viewed by all students and staff.  This will give the students ownership of their assignment.

In the Put into Practice for the week, I notice that I am trying to change the way I question my students.  Instead of simply asking to solve an equation, I want them to break down the solving and explain each step. 

Putting into Practice Week 4:

      I have a particular student that comes back from lunch early every day.  She is one of a set of triplets.  She is very quiet in class and keeps to herself.  I have never really seen her come out of her shell much.  A few weeks ago, she stayed after school to get some extra help.  After regaining her confidence, she called home and waited for a ride in my room.
      As she waited for a ride, she opened up so much to me.  She expressed some of the many things she was interested in such as becoming a doctor and how math wasn't always her best subject.  We talked about how she really was good at math and how sometimes it is hard for her to focus, being one of a set of triplets.  She voiced how she really wanted to go to college and neither one of her parents had finished college and how that was important to her.  I had never seen her open up so much.  It was really a great thing to see and hear.
      I now make an effort to try to get her to vocalize more in class.  I feel that if she is comfortable in class and around others, it will help her as she progresses in her school years.  I really want to see this students succeed, she has so many ideas and dreams.
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