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]]>I enjoyed your post for I also teach math and have struggled with how to incorporate blogging. I like your idea of reflecting on math content and relating it to real world situations. I had also thought about having students create math word problems and have their classmates reply with the answer and an explanation. This would allow me to see if they can apply the content to real world situations and even solve real world problems.

You used a quote from S. Tucker,“Forums provide an alternative channel of communication between students and educators”. This really stood out to me because I need more ways for my students to communicate with me. Students in our classes today feel comfortable communicating in a digital format. I need to meet their needs by providing them a digital forum.

As far as reflecting in mathematics class, what if we provided some guiding questions, and a rubric? The questions and rubric help me tremendously when I am preparing for a discussion or assignment. —Brooke

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]]>Thank you for pointing out administration approval! I agree, we all have that one student that will bend the rules. I wonder if there is a blogging site that allows teachers to create the student accounts and then approve each blog?

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]]>Thank you for pointing out parent involvement. I had not thought about parents being able to communicate with their own child until I read your comment. I had only thought about it opening a communication line between myself and the parent.

-Brooke

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]]>Thank you for your insight! Adding parents to the discussion has the potential to open up new opportunities for the students. Parents would be able to post how they use math in real life and even comment on different aspects of the blog. This is a great idea and gets me thinking about other possibilities! Thank you!

-Emily

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]]>I like the idea of transferring the student’s reflections into a blog. That way you can comment and they can comment. You stated, “blogging is one method to increase interaction between the educator and each individual student and also between peers as well.” I think you could also add parents to that statement. You mentioned that blogging would allow the students to connect math to the real world. If parents have access to the blogs, they could provide examples of how they used the strategy being reflected upon in their daily life.

When my student’s blog, they are usually responding to something read in class. However, this year, I did a cross curricular unit with Social Studies. With that unit, they responded to writing prompts. They also responded to other students’ posts.

Thank you for your post,

Geneva

]]>Thank you for sharing your ideas in regards to integrating blogging in your math classroom. I am also a math teacher, and feel like many times the literary components that we are suppose to be integrating into our curriculum are hard to do because most of our writing is in symbols and numbers. Blogging as a reflection is definitely a great way to get students writing about what they are learning and writing for math! Students need to be talking, writing and interacting about mathematics. By providing the students with a platform to share ideas and collaborate, they will start to see the real world connections. I know in my classroom when the students have discovered something cool or funny, it is only a matter of minutes or even seconds that all of their friends know about it via social media. If students are actively doing this on a daily basis in our class, it will not be long before they are sharing and embracing the mathematics you and I love to teach!

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-Emily

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