Thursday, November 1, 2012

Blog Assignment #10

Pencil Comic

In John T. Spencer's comic he gave two descriptions on different types of pencils. He was comparing a cheap pencil to an expensive pencil. I think Spencer was saying you can take the cheap route and pay just as much replacing your supplies or you can just go ahead and pay a little more from the beginning and not have to replace your supplies as much, if at all. The way I viewed this comic is closely related to the saying, "It doesn't matter how many hours you put into it, what matters is what you put in the hours." No shortcuts.

Why were your kids playing?
In John T. Spencer post "Why were your kids playing?," he explains that his principal called him in his office because he had observed Mr. Spencer letting his kids play a game while they were in class. Spencer tried to explain that is was not just a game only meant for fun but also to reiterate what they were learning. As a student, I am a hands-on learner. If I can associate the lesson to a game or activity it sticks with me for much longer than just reading a chapter. I think there are plenty of students that learn the same way and we, as teachers, need to grab their attention in a way they can relate. At the end of Spencer's post he says he has found his solution to this problem he will integrate a game into what the principal is wanting him to do. A little bit of give and take has never hurt anyone.

Don't teach your kids this stuff. Please?
In Scott McLeod's "Don't teach you kids this stuff. Please?" He is pleading with the audience to not teach their kids or students the different arts of technology. While reading the post, I wasn't exactly sure why we were assigned this because McLeod was contradicting everything we have been told this semester. When I read a little further, I began to catch the sarcasm in the post. I think it was very clever the way the was telling everyone not to teach their kids technology because of the dangers and their being "no need" to, all the while he is giving his kids the upper hand by teaching them to be technologically advanced. I would have to say I agree with the message made my McLeod. I think if we refuse to teach our kid's about the different uses of technology we are only holding them back. Nowadays there are so many jobs that you have to use a computer, and use it well. We cannot expect them to pick it up in a week and be prepared to use it in their adult life. We need to gradually bring them into the technological world, explain the pros and cons and the positives and negatives, and let them explore and learn at an early age to better themselves as an adult.

1 comment:

  1. Thoughtful.

    Mr. Spencer uses satire and metaphors. Dr. Mcleod uses sarcasm. Many students miss understand the use of these writing techniques. Watch for a detailed explanation in the class blog next week.