Maria, that sounds like a great project! Kids can create such amazing designs, without even needing to be fully knowledgable about the math used. I come from a viewpoint that children learn while playing, and this concept should apply to math! Playing around with math concepts can lead to fantastic creations from kids of any age.
Actually, that's one thing I learned in this course! In my future classroom,I would love to integrate art into the curriculum. I believe that self-expression can really help a child become familiar with basic concepts. Even in my literacy course, we've learned that children should have the opportunity to play around with letters before they even begin writing. These could involve collages of words and letters, letter stamps, etc. used to create art. In math, one could use stencils or shapes or tracing objects of certain shapes and sizes. Or, children could use computer functions and programs to investigate the way that numbers act. There is so much potential and inspiring math and art that my classroom would benefit from. This class showed me that I have an artistic side that I could take advantage of.
I've also learned that I benefit from collaboration, and have a beginning set of skills to use in the teaching profession. I enjoy interacting with fellow teachers, and have an interesting perspective. Like Sandra, I was intimidated at first that so many of the participants in this course were experts in math and hosting entire websites and blogs. They all seemed so advanced! Yet, there's no shame in admitting what you don't know and learning from those who do. Plus, I was able to hold my own in most math-based conversations.
Lastly, I recognized part of my work style through this course. This was my first online course, so I was nervous to begin. However, it wasn't difficult to keep up, and the online format let me manage my time more constructively. I greatly benefit from scheduling my own time, so that I can make sure to devote enough time to everything. Rather than a regular course with specific meet times, I worked on my own time, and didn't need to stress out days that were already busy. I'm good with time management overall, but I do need some work with deadlines! Constant reminders are a big help, and I can do that for myself when using post-it notes or calendar reminders as a teacher.
I will use all of this as a teacher. My teaching style is a combination between all parts of my own personality and my "teacher-side." I plan to make art one of the focuses in my class, along with math. Math is, obviously, everywhere, and I want my students to be picking out examples and constantly questioning their environment. I can also use collaboration, both as PLNs and the teachers I work with in schools. It's always helpful to get a new perspective and learn from nearby, willing resources. Moreover, I have my own info to teach others, and a unique set of advice for other teacher collaborators. I'm still learning who I am as a teacher, but I know that working on time will be critical. This semester, I've been good with managing my time for the most part. Yet, I still need a boost every now and then, and I need to know that about myself as a learner! This course helped open my eyes to who I will become as a teacher.