Consumer Math 20S (Fall 2007)


“A window through the walls of our classroom. This is an interactive learning ecology for students and parents in my Consumer Math 20S class. This ongoing dialogue is as rich as YOU make it. Visit often and post your comments freely.”


As part of our ECMP 355 we were asked to commented on Darren Kuropatwa’s Blog (Consumer Math 20S class). I am not a math person, but did find it interesting to see how Mr Kuropatwa integrated technology in his everyday class structure. What I find very positive is that when you ask your students to write something about what they had learned that day it made them think about it on a different level. Now they have to explain in a way that somebody else will be able to understand it and it is a good opportunity to assure you understand the class/lesson of the day. It took some thinking to comment in a way that will be appropriate and on a level that is understandable for students of that age.

When I am finally able to teach one day, it will be high on my priority list to have a student blog for my students. It gives the parents some insight on what is going on in the class. Secondly it will gives me time to evaluate if the students understand the concepts and ideas that is introduced to them. I am a educator that strongly believes in the learning process and not necessarily the end result and by blogging your will stay on top of it.

I have posted some of comments I’ve made:

Good job on explaining what you did in class. You will see that you will remember something that you have explain to somebody else or put it on your blog so much better. Keep up the good work.

This section that you do in class now is so important. One day when you earn your own money you need to know where every dime is going. You work hard for your money and you should be the one that has control over it and the first thing to understand is where the money is going that has been deducted and how much will be deducted.

Hi Almond

This is great that you learn how to use a spreadsheet. I am a volunteer on our local school council and often have to keep records on who have paid for something and who are still owing us money. I always use Google Docs to do this. It is so easy to share the information with the people that works with me.
It will be very useful to calculate your income one day, but soon you will use it for more things as well.
Keep up the good work. I learn so much by just following all of your blogs.

It seems that this student really grasp the idea of the topic discussed in class. It is important to understand the concept of finding the 10%. I see it so often when my children like to buy something and need to add the tax to know if they have enough money. The first thing I taught them was how to add 10% so they can see if they have more or less enough money to buy it. When they are a bit older they will see tax is not only 10% but we will leave for later. It is a quick mental math to do and they can apply it to more things as they grow up.

I also like to agree with Michelle on how important it is to ask questions. If you don’t ask a question the teacher will not know that you don’t understand or that you need some more information. Teachers will teach with a certain speed but if you don’t keep up you need to slow them down and the one way of doing it is by asking questions.

Knowledge gives you power.
Knowledge gives you power, but also to know where to find answers if you don’t know. While I am trying to write to you about the power you will generate because you choose to go to school I remembered the following post I read a while ago. I will quote some of it, but you can also go the website if you like.

“I’m sure you agree with me that knowledge is power. I remember I story I once heard about an elderly maid who served her mistress faithfully. She loved her mistress so much that she took care of her even when she was diagnosed of having a terminal ailment. As it is with love and affection, the mistress also replicated this love. Since she did not have any sibling at her point of death, she gave this woman what she would regard as her most precious possession, a small sheet of paper to remember her mistress by. This was enough for the old maid.

This older woman was an illiterate but understood the language of love. As soon as her mistress was diseased, she glazed this sheet of paper and hung it in her own private home. Not long after she was also diagnosed of an ailment, it wasn’t a terminal ailment, neither was in incurable. It caused much pain, and was so expensive to treat. The projected bills were going to be about $30,000, there was no way she’ll ever get this money. She decided to resign to fate, and die. It wasn’t worth it going through such pain at an elderly age. She had suffered for weeks and was at the point where she begged for euthanasia -painless killing.
On the day the doctor came over to her ward with the plan of putting her out of her misery, they decided to have a small chat before the elderly lady bade farewell to this side of life. The lady was excited that her pain would end, and shared with the doctor the high points of her life. In this long discussion, she reached into her bag and showed the doctor one of her most cherished possessions. A glazed sheet of paper she remembers her fondest mistress by. The doctor collected it and took a closer look, his jaw dropped and eyes looked dazed, “what?”. What this woman had glazed was a $1,000,000 cheque. She lived in pain, suffered and was about to end it all, not because she was not rich, not because she could not afford a better life, but because she didn’t know. Knowledge is indeed power.

The good book actually says that a man who is in honour and does not know is like a perishing beast. Knowledge is vital. Information is crucial. Information is a vital ingredient in what you need to move from where you are to where you are going. The definition of power I love the most defines power as the ability to choose. The more options you have, the more powerful you are. Knowledge gives power, the more you know the more options you have. Some of the most thriving businesses today thrive in providing cutting edge information at cutting edge speed. We are in an information driven age… that is not just for our countries and the media, that’s for you and I.”