I like a challenge; this is what I told myself when I decided that I would attempt to ‘vlog’ rather than blog for my thoughts on this week’s debate. Little did I know, I’d spend countless hours trying to figure out how to do it, and then nearly fail to upload it because of a mistake I had made. Oh well… it is all part of the learning process, as Alec says.
Speaking of the learning process, I totally used Google to search for tutorials to help me through the creation of this video. Spoiler alert: that probably tells you which side of the debate statement I am siding with.
However, as many have mentioned, in no way do I think that Google should be used as a ‘be all end all’ solution to problem solving. I love seeing my students struggle through their daily math puzzler and seeing the exact moment that the lightbulb goes on. I challenge my students to think critically, and that it’s okay to struggle or make mistakes. I am there to help, to guide, to probe, and prompt. I am there to offer strategies or to provide manipulatives that may help. Just because my students have the math textbook, doesn’t mean that I don’t teach them the skills and knowledge they need to understand the grade 4 curriculum. In turn, just because Google may have readily available facts at our fingertips, doesn’t mean that we as teachers shouldn’t teach certain google-able content.
Without further adieu, here it is folks. Please don’t criticize too hard 😉
Oh, and please note that it is finished at 5:19, but I forgot to chop the audio and so it plays til 6:19 hahaha.. oh wow… allllll part of the learning process (this is my new mantra I swear)