C4K#1: Omar S
For my first C4K assignment, I got to read about all of the wonderful things that are going on at Omar's school in his blogpost "My Wonderful School NH". At NH, Omar has had the opportunity to learn about many different subjects. On top of learning basic subjects like math and science, Omar has also taken the time to memorize most of the books of the Quran, and also had the chance to participate in the Los Angeles Spelling Bee. Quite impressive for a fifth grader! Towards the end of his post, Omar mentioned that he gets to study music. This immediately sparked my interest because I want to become a music teacher someday. In my comment, I told him how impressed I was with all of the different subjects he's studying, and that I was also impressed with the fact that he got to participate in the Los Angeles spelling bee. That's a big deal! I encouraged him to keep up the good work, and left a few questions for him. When I finally checked back, I saw that Omar had responded to my comment. I asked what Omar and all of his classmates were learning about in their music class, and he let me know that they are currently practicing for an upcoming play, and he also gets to learn about many different musical instruments. It sounds like there are some amazing things going on over at NH!
Special C4K: Lauren
For this special C4K assignment, Dr. Strange surprised us with a blogpost on the EDM310 Class Blog. Dr. Strange told us about an amazing little girl, Lauren, who showed great understanding of technology in a project she did on the customary system. Lauren's video "Good Morning Reality" is really funny, and it showed that she had a thorough understanding of the subject in which she was speaking about. Lauren's video shows that a little bit of creativity can go a long way, and it also shows that kids are more likely to remember what they have studied if they take the time to apply it to real life situations, and actually enjoy what they are doing!
For my second C4K assignment, I got to read about a student's adventures at a theme park all the way in Australia. Hannah talked about how she spent the day at Adventure Park with her mom and some of her friends over on her Class Blog. For my comment, I told her about some of the theme parks we have here in the US, and asked if she'd ever heard of the Batman Ride at Six Flags. I also mentioned that no matter how old I get, I'll never turn down the opportunity to ride a roller-coaster! Maybe someday if I'm in Australia, I can check out Adventure Park, thanks to the awesome recommendation she gave in her blogpost!
For my final C4K assignment for the month of February, I got to read a cute love letter that Carla wrote on her Class Blog. You might be thinking... "What on earth is a 7th grader doing posting a love letter on her class blog?!", but the teacher actually assigned it! She assigned them to write a love letter using two different inanimate objects that they had to pick from a list. Carla picked peanut butter and jelly. Carla's love letter was absolutely adorable, and she used some clever lines! I suggest that anyone who reads this should go check it out! It was a cute Valentine's Day assignment, and could be used to teach students how to properly write a letter and address an envelope. Since technology has become such an important part of our lives, I'm sure the number of kids who still use snail mail is growing smaller each day. However, it's still something that children need to know. Unfortunately, I wasn't able to comment directly on Carla's blog, so I left a comment on her teacher's blog. Hopefully she got the chance to read it!