Part #4: Blogger of the Week Reflection

How often did you participate:I have commented about 30 times on others blogs/other post for not only their bloggers of the week but also their other posts.I replied to all the possible comments on all blog posts.

Discussion blog title(s) and author(s):

  1. The Armenian GenocideAbiha H.
  2. Is School Stressing You Out?Adam S.
  3. Male Infertility versus Female InfertilityAisha T.
  4. In a New World (Aboriginal Residential Schools)Brianna G.
  5. ExtremophilesCameron H
  6. Space Colonization – Mars & VenusElliot I
  7. The Importance of Sleep for TeensEmily R
  8. SinkholesEsther Y
  9. Is Organic Farming Really Better?Jaimee P 😉
  10. Freedom? To an Extent…Liam M.
  11. Concussions in Contact SportsNilsu E.
  12. Sweatshops and Modern Day SlaverySubhan A
  13. Global WarmingSebastian
  14. Why You Should ReadAlex E.
  15. Robots or Kids?-Rauwn .S
  16. http://mrpuley.commons.hwdsb.on.ca/category/eng2de/page/2/-Aaron.P

Please provide a rating for YOUR overall contributions to discussions [1(poor) – 5 (excellent)]

I give myself a 4/5.This is because I commented on a good majority of the blog posts that were given.I answered any possible question that they had asked,I answered the question thoroughly and percise with a lengthy paragaraph,which described my thoughts on their questions.The posts that I commented on were ones that interested me,i find that if I am not then its harder to answer the questions.I did learn alot from many of the blog posts and could put that knowledge into commenting on other blog posts.I always tried to find the good in a blog post but didnt hasitate to disagree with something,which would end up making the conversation  more interseting.If their was anything I wanted to clarify or know more about I asked questions.Sadly, on many occasions the blogger didnt comment back and did affect the amount of replies but I knew that I would have replied back to those comments.For those reasons,I chose to give myself a 4/5

CONTENT

1. Is there some aspect of the topic, results, conclusions, or concepts for which you gained a deeper understanding of through the blog discussion? Was there some aspect of the posts you explored that you had not thought of or that you ‘learned’ about from the discussion? In other words, what aspect of the post was clarified or illuminated as a result of the blog discussion?

There were two blog posts in particular that I felt helped me understand more about the topic at hand.Even though I knew a little about the topic,their blog posts had more information,facts and led to me getting a better understand of what it was about.For example Subhan.A post about, “Sweatshops and Modern Day Slavery” I learned what the conditions each and every individual go through,why it is still functioning and what exact companies are supplied by these people.The second blog was,”Sinkholes” by Esther.Y, I knew what a sinkhole was but I didn’t know how it was made,which Esther made it more easier to understand based on her diagram and description,and I learned that famous art around the world are based on these sinkholes which I found was really cool.

2. Were there aspects of the discussions that led to more confusion for you compared to when you read the blog post alone? Was the confusion resolved through discussion? Please explain (make specific reference to the blogs involved ­ direct quotations may be appropriate ­ reference the author)

Yes,there was one blog post that got me more confused because it seemed to me that the info or facts was off as if it was more opinion than actual facts which made it harder on the blog post because they couldn’t justify what they were saying, and the reasoning behind it wasn’t enough to change my opinion on the subject.Jamie.P blog,”Is Organic Farming Really Better?” She states, “there would be no room for natural forests” I step in and say that this is actually untrue because in most places of the world you are not allowed to farm and must be in a specific location to do so and no matter what farming needs to take away land to start its own land.Sadly the blogger didn’t comment so I couldn’t start a discussion.

DISCUSSION SKILLS

3. Evaluate your role in the Blogger of the Week discussions, in particular please answer the following two questions: What did you do that was effective at contributing to the discussion(s)? Be specific (adding screenshots of your contributing or copying to your blog may be appropriate). What areas do you need improvement in?

I was an effective contributor to the discussions for the reason that I answered all of the questions that were asked,and when if someone thought I should add something or go over something I would take it into consideration and would apply it if it needed to be.I could have improved by adding some info/facts from what I know,for example images,videos,links etc.

 

4. Can you think of a contribution from another student that stood out in your mind that helped move the discussion along or help the class to move to a deeper understanding of the material? What did the student do? (no need to mention names, just describe what the students did or said).

One student that stood out to me that helped move the discussion along and would give more of a deeper understand of the material by sharing links or videos on the topic at hand.It helped in getting many of the discussions to start up,it would get both the readers and the blogger to contribute.Not only did the student answer the questions,say something positive and what you could work on but was not afraid to say something if they didn’t agree.

5. Do you have any recommendations to the class as a whole to improve class discussions? How are discussions different in an online space versus those held face ­to ­face? How are they similar?

Yes I do have a specific recommendations to the class as a whole.To improve class discussions you can’t just agree on everything because it makes it look like the blog post it perfect and there’s always something to work on, I feel like the students need to not be afraid of asking those questions if they don’t agree,even if its the worst thing possible as long as you can justify it,then so be it.Discussion are very different in an online space versus those held face to face which is what Clarissa D. talks about in her blog post,”Online vs Offline” that many people are different when it comes to both sides,for example you might be afraid to say something to their face but when you behind a screen suddenly you feel more confident.I have had a first person perspective on this,when I play video games you hear all these people start fights and use vulgar words but you know for a fact that it’s for the reason that know one is around to do something about it.They are similar in a way that they both bring up a emotion in the person depending on how passionate they are about the topic.

6. What are your overall thoughts of the Blogger of the Week assignment? Do you have any suggestions for me moving forward to either: a) improve the assignment; or b) revise the structure, delivery, or scheduling of the assignment itself? Be specific as your opinions will be very helpful for me as I plan for future classes.

My overall thought of the Blogger of the Week assignment is that it was totally worth it,I learned a lot not just from my own but others,you get more of a deeper understand based on what the topic is about and I could leave the class knowing that I know more then I did when I walked in.I have one suggestion in particular that I noticed from my blog post to another is that I have almost no comments compared to the ones in the beginning of the year.I feel like that is because its towards the end of the year when many students don’t even have time to reply anymore and because of it would effect the mark of the blogger when it comes to discussions. So I feel like you could either have more people going in the same week or instead of it lasting for a week it could last for a couple of days.

 

 

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