True Short StoryI tell my fourth grade math students this story every year. When I was in the third grade wehad to memorize our multiplication math facts before we were allowed to go to fourthgrade. My dad was set on helping me memorizing them, so every day, every time he’d seeme, he’d spew out numbers ; I was supposed to be able to shout out the answers rightaway. One night my first grade brother Rick and I were in the kitchen washing the dishes(before dishwashers were in every home…the dinosaurs roamed the earth). Dad wasthrowing out numbers right and left and I wasn’t able answer many facts. We wereworking on the sevens when he said, “7x7.” I couldn’t remember the answer for anything -I was so frustrated I just wanted to cry! I’m sure you already know what happened: thatpesky first grader hollered out 49! I looked at Dad, he looked at Rick and said, “Yea! Wehave a math student in the house!”I learned two things that night. First, my brother and I would become fierce rivals for manyyears AND we don’t learn the same way!Like all big sisters, I knew that I had to be better than Rick, so I went to my room and pulledout those hated flash cards. I practiced until I thought of nothing but those horrid facts. Istill can’t answer you if you verbally ask me a math fact, but if I see it and can write it - I’mspeedy!Side Note: Rick and I are best pals now; he and Dad have no recollection of the story.
So I was given Smartboard training…We all sat in a first grade room, on first grade chairs and watched a teacher who just learned how to useher Smartboard herself show us how to use them. She clicked all over the place and told us what wecould do with it. I have NO idea what she said or did but it looked cool. I was dying to get up there andclick myself but there was no time for practice, only demonstration. Two months later, I had a Smartboardand had no clue as to what to do with it. I forgot! Luckily, I’m not afraid to play with it so I’m prettygood with a Smartboard.I went to the MSET convention in Baltimore where many companies demonstrated many ways to use theSmart Technologies. They include directions for using the tools so we can go home and play on our ownwith guidance. Now I can upload videos, build slide shows, include images using the Discovery Ed. Site. Ican refer to the link or template they handed out to remember how to perform these tasks. Bottom line: I need action or step-by-step written guides to refer to in order to learn.http://www.google.com/imgres?q=smartboard&um=1&hl=en&client=firefox-a&sa=N&rls=org.mozilla:en-US:official&biw=1116&bih=462&tbm=isch&tbnid=PhgXvDxnGXcNtM:&imgrefurl=http://webpage.pace.edu/ms16182p/troubleshooting/smartb oard.html&docid=ZNiL2jRoY8O5qM&w=352&h=284&ei=cbVsToflNYPAgQfulvzuBQ&zoom=1
Once I learn one program or application, I am able to apply the learning to other programs… I’m always surprised when others aren’t able. http://sudokublog.typepad.com/photos/uncategorized/sudoku508b4a6b7f4c1d65a5a9a3a78e7e48a2a1.pnghttp://www.bat-mania.co.uk/guides/images/riddlepic.gif http://www.logostage.com/logos/firefox.pnghttp://www.peterpuzzle.com/activities/PuzzlesCOM/zoom_PuzzleContribution.gif http://scm-l3.technorati.com/11/04/29/32571/Google-Chrome-logo-540x360.jpg?t=20110429045022http://www.webcrosswords.com/images/crossword_puzzle.gif http://computechgadgets.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/01/microsoft-office-2007.jpg
My husband, Paul, loves to read about kayaking, watch videos,and see demonstrations. Then he goes out and practices theskills. I try to read, watch and see but until I’m in the water, noneof it makes sense. If I could take my book, video or demonstratorsout on the water with me, it would work. Instead, I rely on whatPaul has learned and then let him teach me! Does this drive himcrazy? Uh…yep! Mostly because I don’t listen well! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_sP2cYu0NX8 http://www.paddling.net/store/bookCovers/0-07-008499-8.jpg http://images.clipartof.com/thumbnails/22786-Clipart-Illustration-Of-A-Pink-Man-Paddling-Down-A- River-In-A-Green-Kayak.jpg
I love learning! Well, that is until I get frustrated.I enjoy doing and exploring. I love the constructivism method of learning. I loveworking with other people to solve problems.The best way for me to learn a new technology is to use it. If I need to have awebpage, I start playing around with Google Sites or Wikis. If I need to use a blog inthe classroom, I need to play around with blogs and not be afraid to post (I have a fearof feeling stupid and I’m still not comfortable with blogs in the classroom…I’m stillplaying around with them).I had difficulty with learning Dreamweaver because I needed to be in a room withother people using it to bounce ideas off of. The collaboration between on-lineclassmates took too long. Once my classmates and I realized that we could collaboratevia IM-ing, I was more successful! Using step-by-step instructional maps helped too. I need visuals, hands on, step-by-step directions(in written or picture form), and learning buddies in order to learn effectively.
Logical – I like to solve the mystery. (Don’t really like the gore.)More examples to explain mylearning styles… http://t3.gstatic.com/images?q=tbn:ANd9GcQuOVPx66LVx4hY0DTZ7rv0x77omC47dMp01uq98GH_baWyhI52 http://t3.gstatic.com/images?q=tbn:ANd9GcTaX2x7Dms-U6zCqWwqAwylaQ7EAK5peC4-XQNbicdyrus7WFEQXg http://www.babble.com/CS/blogs/strollerderby/legos.jpg http://www.kidsdadsmoms.com/Shopping/images/15226%20Kid-Knex%20Group%20Set%20131%20pcs.jpg http://www.comparestoreprices.co.uk/images/unbranded/p/unbranded-puzzle-sliding-numbers.jpg