For “RSS in Education” I was tasked with writing a lesson plan that integrated the use of RSS feeds to enhance learning. I decided that since my goal is to earn a position in a middle school mathematics class, I should find a way to integrate RSS feeds into my vision for my future classroom. I will admit this was much harder than I originally expected and I hope to find additional ways to use this technology in my classroom. A large part of my vision is to find ways to relate mathematics to the real world to show students that their work is not just for math class. I want to bring real world problems and context to their work in hopes of fostering better understanding to what they are doing.
My lesson plan is laid out with the intention of creating a process that forces students to look for connections to math in real life. Students will use RSS readers to find news articles, blogs, and podcasts that have real life problems/issues, which contain a math connection. Students will nominate an article, blog, or podcast that we will then have a class discussion about. I will select from the student nominations and ask that students are prepared with questions, comments, and ideas about the chosen material. Students will then write a reflection that requires them to answer questions and reflect on both their understanding of the current topic as well as their classmate’s points of view. I’m really excited to see where my students take this project. I think this will be an engaging lesson that will lead to interesting class discussions and student reflections.