Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Blog Post #14 & #15

Blog Post #14

Over the course of the semester, I have improved on Project Based Learning. I would normally dislike classes that require a lot of work, but actually doing work outside of class is what helps you the most. Doing a lot of work in a class is what helps you learn things because you are actually involved in everything. One of my strengths is definitely being interested in learning Project Based Learning and being able to learn as you go. I usually like knowing as much as I can before actually doing things, but it is so much easier to learn as you go through a class. I also enjoy helping children learn so that is definitely a strength for me going into Elementary Education. A weakness that I definitely need to work on is being more serious with students. It is a lot of fun to play games in class and to have fun while learning, but you do have to get serious at times. I know that overtime I will get better at it.

Blog Post #15

How to Make an Audio QR Code 

In this video, Mrs. Bennett talks about making a QR code for audio. You can record your voice reading something that you can play for the students to later listen to and students can even record themselves talking. When you save the recording that you like, the website will make it into a URL code that students can go to to listen your recording. 

iPad Reading Center

In this video a teacher tells us about a reading center that she has her students do. The students record themselves reading a book with their iPads and have the chance to listen to themselves read and follow along with the video. I think this is a great way to help students with their reading in the classroom.

Using Poplet in Centers

Poplet is an app that the students can use to make a web of a book that they choose. The students then take pictures of what they want to put in the web and write a sentence about the picture that they took.

Alabama Virtual Library in a Kindergarten Class

Alabama Virtual Library is an app that the students can download to their iPads. They students were taught how to use the app in their school library so that they can do it own their own. The students can look up different things and learn from watching or listening to videos about what they searched. This is great for all grade level school students to use as a source while doing research.

iMovie Trailer for Kindergarten

In this video, Mrs. Tuck shows us how to make an iMovie Trailer. We made a book trailer as an assignment earlier in the semester and I enjoyed making it. This is something that is great for students to do after they read a book because then they can show it classmates. One thing that is a great idea when starting to make the trailer is to let the students listen to the music that they can choose from to make the trailer, but do not tell them what it is called. Some students may want to use certain music just because of the name of it. Making book trailers is definitely an activity/project that I will have my future students do.

Discovery Education Board Builder

Students are able to make their own board about something they learn in class. In this video students create a board for a moon project that they are doing in class. They can add, images, videos, and facts about what their topic is. The students are able to get their videos and images from Discovery Education.

Mrs. Tassin's 2nd grade students share Board Builders Part 1 and Part 2

In these two videos, Mrs. Tassin has a few of her students showing their Board Builders that they made for her class. Board Builder looks like a great way for students to research different things and have them present it to help with their public speaking.

Twitter for Educators

In this video, Dr. Strange interviews two teachers from Daphne Elementary School and Gulf Shores Elementary School. Mrs. Davis and Mrs. Bennett talk about how Twitter helped them as educators. You can learn so much from Twitter! Being in a chat is definitely a great way to learn new things.

ipads in class.jpg

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

C4Tp (Permanent) #4

In Mrs. Silvia Tolisano's blog post, Back to the Future Project: Life Cycle Snapshots in Target Language, she talks about another teacher's project that she had her students do in her class. The students were practicing different languages and life cycles. The students were assigned to make fake Facebook profiles for the people they had and the page needed to include birthday,  school and college years, work, and retirement. They had to have pretty much their whole life on it, but not every detail. They just needed to have the important part in it. They also needed snapshots of different times of their life including: childhood, adolescence, adulthood, and retirement. I really like this idea and it helps the students be creative when making up people.

In her blog post, Building Good C.U.L.T.U.R.E. Mrs. Silvia Tolisano shows the conversation she had with a few people on Twitter. Dan McCabe came up with the acronym Collaborate, Understand, Love, Trust, Unite, Respect, Empower. I think these are all great things that students and teachers should be able to do.


C4Ta #4

The first blog post I read for this assignment was Mrs. Hadley's Almost Boring! She talks about how towards the end of the year when her class talks about changes in Europe, she gets her students to write diary posts. The first post is before the Black Plague hit and the second after it passed. When it comes time for this assignment she lets the students do it how they want and let them take over. She calls herself a 'resource' when it comes time for the students to write the posts. Since it is the end of the year, the students are able to do this assignment on their own and they only asked her to proofread things to make sure they were doing correct. It is great that the students are able to do an assignment on their own and able to do it correctly. I think it is a great way to see how much the students learned over the course of the school year.

The second blog post that I read for this assignment was Mrs. Hadley's Just Laugh. In her blog post she talks about how it was great coming back to school from a break and seeing her kids. The second day after coming back the students were not serious about an activity that Mrs. Hadley had planned for them. Before the break the class was talking about the empire of Mali in West Africa. The students were acting silly because while reading they would mispronounce words that foreign to them. She had wanted the students to take the activity serious but did not want to be the grouchy teacher. She then decided to help the students pronounce the words correctly and then the students helped other groups that were mispronouncing the words as well. I think she handled the situation very well. At times you may want to just tell the students to be serious and to act right, but sometimes you just have to put a smile on your face and handle situations different than how you would want to. At the end of the day it is better that a teacher does not fuss at the students. The students will still  have an interest in what they are learning and have fun with  it.


Sunday, July 13, 2014

Blog Post #5 Part 2

Final Summary of Personal Learning Network

Symbaloo was the easiest Personal Learning Network tool that I could find. I added different networks that I use almost everyday. Symbaloo helps you have easy access to things on one page. One thing I really liked about Symbaloo is that it keeps me signed into all of my apps that I have on my Personal Learning Network. It is so much easier to not have to log back in every time I want to look at something on an app. It has many different apps and websites already on the Symbaloo account and it is much better that there are so many different websites that you can go to with just one click.

Personal Learning Network

Blog Post #13

What Did I Leave Out?

A blog post assignment that could be used in future EDM310 classes would be for them to find at least two teachers that are in the subject area that the student plans to teach. The students will need to check and make sure that the teachers they choose post often and are currently posting. This will give the students a chance to follow a blog that may be more interesting. The students will then post each week about something they found interesting in the blog post and what they may use in their future classroom.

One way that most students will look for the blog is to search Google. I typed in "Elementary School teacher blog." One site that I found is Top 25 Elementary School Teacher Blogs of 2012. One of the blogs that I found interesting is 4 the Love of Teaching. The two current blogs that she has posted are guest bloggers that post on their own blogs that had their own different ideas of activities to do in the classroom. These two blogs have great lessons that you can use in your classroom and I will probably use a couple of them in my own classroom.

The other blog that I found interesting is Busy Bees. This blog is by two teachers: Robynn Drerup, a Kindergarten teacher, and SueBeth Arnold, a second grade teacher. Many of their blogs are different activities you can do in the classroom. The two most recent posts that are posted on their blog is from a conference that one of the teachers went to. From what she has posted, it seems like she is going to take away many ideas that were given at the conference.

This assignment is similar to C4Ts but I would have enjoyed having this assignment than the way the C4T is set up.

Elementary Teacher Blogging

Wednesday, July 9, 2014

Project #12 Part B

Lesson for Kindergarten learning Shapes

Blog Post #12

What assistive technologies are available to you as a teacher?

The first three sources that we were given for this blog post were Assistive Technologies for Vision and Hearing Impaired Children, Apple Assistive Technologies  and The Mountbatten. These three sources give us different technologies that can be used in the classroom to help vision and hearing impaired students. The Assistive Technologies video talks about how there are so many children that are vision or hearing impaired. The video seems to be a motivation video to make a difference and be able to have these students do what the other students are doing and to not let them be completely limited. The Apple Assistive Technology source was a website that showed different accessories that you can get for an iPad that students can use in the classroom to help them. The Mountbatten video is about the Mountbatten Braille Writer that helps blind students be able to respond in the classroom. When the student brailles, the student announces what the machine is typing in Braille. This machine is able to save files and also send files to a computer. This machine can be helpful in the classroom, especially if a teacher does not know braille. It will help the teacher know what the student is typing because it says it out loud. Both assistive technologies sources will be great to have handy in the classroom because it will help students be able to not have any limitations in the classroom.

iPad Usage For the Blind and Teaching Mom What Her Deaf/Blind Child is Learning On the iPad are both videos that discuss that an iPad has different features that allow sight impaired people to use them just as anyone else would. One can swipe their finger across the homescreen and an automated voice would read aloud the names of the apps and what one should do to use and access them. For example, in iBooks, the automated voice will read aloud the book chosen, as well as tell you the chapter you are reading, and also read aloud the different functions in iBooks that are available on each page of the book such as “Library button” or “Table of Contents”. For our future students that may have sight disabilities we can provide headphones so that those students can have the automated voices speak to them during class without disrupting other students. We would want our disabled students to enjoy school and get the most out of our classes, just as any other student would. 

In Teaching Math to The Blind a professor at the University of San Francisco talks about a device that he created to help blind students solve simple and advanced math problems. The device is a grid that holds small square pieces. The square pieces has a number written on one side and on the other side the same number is written in braille. With this device teachers are able to teach math to blind students at a younger age. I think that this device would be very useful to me in my classroom. The device will help the blind students model and solve math problems just as a sighted student would.

In the 50 Must See Blogs for Special Education Teachers, there are tons of blogs that could be helpful to any teacher, not just special education. Teaching All Students was a great resource to look at. It had many blog post added weekly that contained different tools that teachers may need. In Dyslexia My Life, Girard Sagmiller shares about his struggle with dyslexia and gives teachers advice on how to teach children with dyslexia. Special Education and Disability Rights Bog is an important blog to review because it explains different legal issues you may face as a special education teacher. My Special Needs Network could be a very helpful blog for teachers. It is a group of blogs from teachers AND parents that could greatly help you understand how to help a child because you don’t only have a teachers view but also a parent view! 

Hearing Impaired student

Friday, July 4, 2014

Blog Post #11

What can we learn about teaching and learning from these teachers?

In his video, TEDxDenverEd-Brian Crosby- Back to the Future, Brian Crosby talks about different projects he used for project based learning in his class. One of the projects that I really liked is when his students sent off balloons. They connected a GPS to the balloon and kept up with the balloon on Google Maps. They are able to learn about maps and distances.

In his video, Blended Learning Cycle, Paul Andersen talks about how he uses the blended learning cycle in his class. The blended learning cycle consists of blended learning and the learning cycle. Blended learning is the combination of online, mobile and classroom learning. The learning cycle consists of the 5 E's: Explore, Explain, Expand, Engage and Evaluate. He came up with an acronym for the blended learning cycle: Q.U.I.V.E.R.S. Which stands for Question, Investigate/Inquiry, Video, Elaboration, Review, Summary quiz. This a great idea of Project Based Learning for Science.

In the video, Making Thinking Visible, Mark Church talks about a project he had his sixth grade class do. In the project he had his students watch a video about early human beginnings. They have to come up with a headline to summarize what the whole puzzle is about the beginning. He put up the headlines in the classroom and when they finish the whole lesson the students come up with another headline. At the end of the whole project the student will get to see how it all changed.

In the video, Super Digital Citizen, Sam Pane talks to his fifth grade class about how to be a good digital citizen. The main point he is trying to make to the students is how to use the internet safely and responsibly. The project that the students get to do is make their own digital citizen superhero. He first shows them the basic way of making their superhero and then let them go on and make their own superhero. They also get to create the citizen and put them in a real life situation that occurs online like cyber-bullying and putting person information online. They end up getting to make a comic story that their superhero gets to come in and save the day. This project is a way that Mr. Pane uses to help the students reach the English standards that they have to meet. The students then got to walk around and see what all their classmates did for their comic. This is definitely a great way of using Project Based Learning. The students had fun with it and they also got to learn how to use the internet safely.

In the video, Project Based Learning by Dean Shareski, three teachers talk about how they restructured their classroom to incorporate Project Based Learning. They would plan to spend more time doing a project or be able to spend more time researching to make their end result better. Some students would think that they were done with their project, but when the teacher would tell them that they can make it better and that they students could present their project in a great way. Some students would spend more time fixing it and were proud that they fixed it and enjoy the end result of their project. The teachers gave the students more time in the class and let their classmates read the project so that the one who made the project could fix different places. Many students liked how the teachers organized the project and would like to do more projects like it.

In the video, Roosevelt Elementary's  PBL Program, teachers from Roosevelt Elementary talk about how they incorporate project based learning in their classroom. They teach the students real world things that they will use in the real world. A kindergarten teacher has her students making presentations so that their public speaking skills can improve.

Project Based Learning

Thursday, July 3, 2014

C4Tp (Permanent) #3

The first C4Tp blog post I had to read for this week was Silvia Tolisano's The Possibilities of Student Blogging. On this blog she actually has a video talking about different ways that one of her colleagues, Andrea Hernandez, uses blogging in her classroom. One way that I thought was a great idea to use in the classroom is quad-blogging. With quad-blogging there are four different classrooms around the world that work with each other in blog posts. One class will write a blog bout something and the other three classes will comment on it different ways that the student can edit their post to make it better. Each week the classes switch out who writes the blog and who comments on them. I believe that this is a great way for students to improve their writing skills because they are getting more feedback from other students that are not only their classmates, but students from around the world. It also gives them the chance to meet other students.

The second C4Tp that I read for this week was Silvia Tolisano's Documenting FOR Learning.Mrs. Tolisano has always been a documenter and documents different things for her family. he says that documenting is heutagogy (a supporting piece for the study of self-determined learning) and pedagogy (a strategy, approach and technique to facilitate learning).  She gives a list of how she sees documenting including a process of intentional documenting serves a metacognitive purpose and being open for feedback. She later on lists different ways teachers, students and school can use documenting for learning. One point that is a way for teachers to use documenting is to make teaching available outside of the classroom for the students. The reason I like that one is because sometimes students forget to write something down during a lecture and want to find out what it was that they missed. One way students can use documenting is to become aware of their own learning growth. It is good for students to be able to see their progress in school.

Documenting FOR Learning

C4Ta #3

The first bog post that I read for my C4Ta was William Chamberlain's I Admit it, I Am Biased. I Prefer Classroom Teacher Led Sessions. He talks about how when he goes to a conference he would like to hear from a teacher that actually uses the tools in their classroom that are being talked about. He has been to multiple conferences that the speaker is not even a teacher that uses the new tool that they are presenting. He also says that whenever he presents at a conference he wants to take his own experience and talk about it. I think that you would get more out of a conference when the tool being introduced is presented by a teacher that actually uses the tool. When a teacher actually uses the tool they can bring their own experience and give different examples of how they use it in the classroom. If the presenter does not actually use the tool in their classroom then they can't exactly tell you how you can use it in the classroom.

The second blog post that I had read was William Chamberlain's Why Do I Have to Learn History? In the post he talks about how a little question can make you have to sit and actually think hard about the answer. There is no exact answer to this question and everyone has their own answer to why they think that they have to learn History. I have also answered this question in an earlier blog post.

 Learning Tools

Wednesday, July 2, 2014

Blog Post #10

What can we learn from Mrs. Cassidy?

The first video I watched was Little Kids... Big Potential. The students in Ms. Cassidy's first grade class talked about different tools they used in their classroom. While watching the video it  looked and sounded like the students really enjoyed using technology in the classroom. One thing I saw in the video that would something I might use in my future classroom is skyping with experts. In the video, Ms. Cassidy's class were skyping with a geologist and she talked to the class about different rocks.

In the first part of the interview that Dr. Strange had with Ms. Cassidy, she talks about using technology in the classroom. About five years ago, her classroom was given five computers and decided to use them as centers since there were not enough for each student to use. One downside to the computers given to the classroom was that you could not download any programs onto them, but Ms. Cassidy decided to make a class blog so the students were able to use the laptops to learn and review different things. She also has much support behind her including administrators above her in the school system. She also has support from the students' parents, which is always a plus since it is their children involved in the blog. The parents are able to go onto the class blog and see the their child's progress in school. This is one way I would definitely think about using in the classroom because the parents can check their child's progress in school whenever they want to. The parents do not have to wait for a progress report or a report card, they can just go to the class blog and look.

In the second part of the interview Ms. Cassidy talks about how she does not use technology in her personal life. She admits that she just recently made a Facebook account only because she could not access some websites because you have to sign in through Facebook. She believes that technology is a great tool for teachers to use in the classroom.

In the third part of the interview students in EDM310 actually ask Ms. Cassidy questions. The first student asks how often she uses the blog in the classroom. She starts to explain that it depends on the year and who all she has to help to see how often she uses it. She says that some of her students even blog from home and that those students tend to blog more than others.She also talks about how when the students first start using the computers she explains to them where they should go so that they do not go to the wrong sites. She said that that is the best way to keep them on the sites that they are suppose to be on.

1st grade blog

Sunday, June 29, 2014

Blog Post #9

What Can Teachers and Students Teach Us About Project Based Learning?

Project Based Learning is something that I have seen more often recently than I have in the past. It is one of the best ways to learn different standards. PBL, in my opinion, is much better than reading out of a textbook and burping back what we learned on a test.

In John Larmer and John R. Mergendoller's post, Seven Essentials for Project-Based Learning, they give seven things that are what every good project needs. A couple of the main points that are definite things to include are a driving question and student voice and choice. You need a driving questions so that the students know the main question that is being asked and they will also have a goal to reach. Having the students voice and choice is always great because depending on what the driving question is, students have a variety of things they can do for their project.

The video Project Based Learning for Teachers did a great way in explaining how project based learning is useful in the classroom. It says that you should think of PBL as questions, investigating, sharing and reflecting. It also gives many different examples of places to go online to help with PBL.

In the video, PBL: What motivates students today, students are asked what motivates them in school. The first response was that when teachers and others compliment him it makes him feel good and that he did something right.  Another response that I thought was a good one for the young girl's age is that she wanted to be able to have a dog when she grew up so that wanting to get a good job and be able to feed her family and her dog was what motivated her in school. Many students said that getting good grades would help them get into college and be able to do what they want when they grow up.

The video, Two Students Solve the problem of Watery Ketchup by Designing a New Cap, is a video about two high school seniors who really like ketchup and decided to do a project on making a new cap so that the first squirt of the ketchup is not watery. This is a great example of project based learning because the students were able to do a project on something they liked and they were able to fix the problem by making a new cap for a ketchup bottle.

Michael Gorman's post, Ten Sites Supporting Digital Classroom Collaboration in Project Based Learning, gives ten different collaborative Web 2.0 tools that will help make the project based learning experience better. I will definitely be using some of these tools in my future classroom!


Special Blog Post

Why Do I Have to Learn History?

For this blog post we were asked to answer this question that William Chamberlain posted on his blog that one of his students asked him one day. There are many different answers to this question. I think that the reason we should learn history is to see how everything came to be how it is today.  Without learning history we would not know how the United States of America got the name or how it even started. One thing that I really do believe is a reason for learning history is so that we do not make any mistakes or repeat anything that has happened in the past. There have been many events that have happened in the past and it would be terrible for them to happen again.


Sunday, June 22, 2014

C4Tp (Permanent) #2

The first post that I had read for this C4Tp was Silvia Tolisano's Blogging as a Curation Platform. She talks about ho curation is more than just collecting and having information. You have to actually collect it, organize it, comment on it and present it. You should not simply just copy and paste complete articles when you are looking for information, you should only take little quotes from it. If you are making a blog and are using information from others, it would be better to have little quotes from different sites instead of having huge quotes from them. She also has certain curators for specific topics that she searches for because they are the ones that have the best information for what she is looking for. When you are searching for specific information you want to make sure that you get the information form somewhere that has the right thing you are looking for. If you use false information then it will not be a good thing for you.

blogging as curation

The other blog that I read was Silvia Tolisano's Copyright Flowchart: Can you Use It? As a future educator copyrighting is something important that I will need to have some type of understanding. This blog post has a flowchart that did a really good job of explaining copyright. I have always had a hard time understanding copyright but this chart really helped clear some things up for me. I am definitely going to keep this post saved as a bookmark on my computer so that later on when I need help with it, I can go back to it. This is a great source for other teachers and students to use in the classroom.


Blog Post #8

For this week we were assigned to watch Randy Pausch's Last Lecture. It is very inspirational because even though he was given only six months to live and he did not give up. He decides to give a lecture like it is the last lecture that he would give. He starts his lecture by talking about his childhood dreams and then goes into detail about them. The first one he talks about is being in zero gravity then he goes on a talks about when he wanted to be in the NFL. He said that he got more out of that dream than any other dream that he had even though he did not make it.

Later on he started teaching a 'Building Virtual Worlds' class. For college students this project seems like a good one for students to do. I like how he would change up the groups every couple of weeks because it gives the students a chance to meet and get to know different classmates and the students can also learn different things for the virtual world that they have to make. Some students may be able to make their virtual world a way that the others can not. This project would be a great way for students to learn from each other and also teach others. You will not be able to know everything about something and it is okay that you do not know it all. There is always something that you can learn form things. Learning as you go is a great way to learn things because you are actually able to do it all on your own and you do not have someone telling you step by step on what to do. Doing things on your own will stick to you alot better than just taking instructions. 

The Last Lecture

Saturday, June 21, 2014

C4Ta Post #2

The first post that I read for the last couple of C4Ta assignment is Becky Goerend's More Homework Meme #morehomework. In this blog post she answers different questions from her brother and
I could relate to one of her answers. When she was applying to school she could not decide between majoring in Marketing or Elementary Education. She made the decision to go with Elementary Education and her life hasn't been the same since. When I first started school I was also deciding between two different majors, Physical Therapy and Education. At first I was not sure if I wanted to do Secondary or Elementary Education, but after taking a couple classes for Secondary math I realized that I would rather work with younger students than older students. Since I have decided to major in Elementary Education I have been so proud that I chose it and cannot wait to have my own classroom.

The second post that I read for the C4Ta assignment is Becky Goerend's Always on the Clock. In this post she talks about how the title of being a teacher does not end when you leave the school at the end of the day, you will always be a teacher to students that you have had in the past and present. She talks about how one Saturday morning she ran into about four or five different students in public. When one of your students see you in public they know you as their teacher and address you as what they call you in the classroom. What I take from this post is that you are constantly a role model for students. Students look up to their teacher as an example and that will follow you outside of the classroom.

Clocking in

Wednesday, June 18, 2014

Blog Post #7

There are many different sources online that you can use for your classroom. One source that I use for some things is Pinterest. This website can be used for other things than for your classroom. You can search what type of project and grade level you would like to find an activity to do in the class. When you see the activity you want to do just click on it and it will take you to the website.

Another useful website that is great for teachers and students is Interactive Sites for Education. You can choose what subject you are looking for and it gets more specific with each subject. When you go under math you can choose, addition, subtraction, geometry, graphing, division, etc. When you choose one of those it takes you to a page that has different games that you choose to play for that subject. When you choose one of those it takes you to the website that has the game where you can play it. This website would be very useful when it comes to many different subjects for different grade levels. Some of the different subjects that you  can choose from are math, English language arts, science, social studies, music, and even teacher tools.

The third website that I found that us resourceful is Smithsonian Education for Educators. You can search for lesson plans, resources and state standards. When you search by standards, you choose your state, grade level and subject. You are then brought to the list of different standards and if there is a resource for that standard you can click on it and it will bring you to a lesson plan that you can use for that subject. This is a website that will become very useful in the future when I have a classroom of my own.

Learning Tools

Project #13 Lesson Plan #1

Emily Thomas, Savanah Moore, Aneshia Lewis, and I made our Lesson Plan for Kindergarten Math. Here is our lesson plan.

Sunday, June 15, 2014

Blog Post #6

While watching the videos Project Based Learning: Experiences of a 3rd Grade Teacher Part 1 and Project Based Learning: Experiences of a 3rd Grade Teacher Part 2, it made me thing of different things I could do as a teacher to incorporate Project Based Learning in the classroom. I really liked how Mr. Capps had the students write letters to the Congressman Joe Bonner. He had the students read and critic other students' letters and they had only used eight of the twenty-eight letters of the students. The eight that they used were the eight letters that the students thought were the best. Having the students pick which ones were the best is a great idea because they get to make the decision as a class. I love how Mr. Capps says that you should let your students go beyond and do not give them limits with projects. You never know what the end result would be and some students may get really into the project.

 iCurio is an online tool that lets students search safely for different things for class. It can search information, videos, and images. It only gets things that can be used for educational uses. You use it as a search engine but it also lets you save things that I useful. Students and teachers are able to save the information and it can help you with organizing because you can save things in folders to keep it together.

 Discovery Education is a resource that is great for teachers when it comes to science and social studies. Mr. Capps says that it brings experts into the classroom because of all the information that it provides for you on different things. This is a website that I will most likely use in my classroom because of all the information, images and videos that it provides. Today it seems like more people watch and/or listen to things more than actually reading and writing things, so this would be a way to have students listen and watch things when it comes to science and social studies.

  The Anthony-Strange list of Tips for Teachers Part 1 is a great video with different tips to help teachers. I definitely agree that it is hard work but it can also be fun if you let it be. Working with students can be fun if you make it and it is definitely rewarding! I can not wait to have my own classroom and incorporate things I have learned in the classroom.

Students doing Research

Wednesday, June 11, 2014

Blog Post #5

What are Personal Learning Networks (PLNs)? I, personally, have never heard of it before until Edm310. A Personal Learning Network is the set of people and tools that you can call upon for help, consultation, collaboration, or other assistance. According to the Personal Learning Network YouTube video, "PLNs are a fancy way of saying you are going to connect with other people who also teach. The goal is to get better at what you do and/or help someone else improve because they spoke to you." They can be very resourceful when looking for different ideas for the classroom. They are always changing so when you go back and look at them you can see newer ideas than you saw when you looked the last time. It can be formed by any social network, like Facebook, Twitter, and even by blogging. You can connect to others who may have a similar interest that you have and maybe even someone who has the same goals as an educator.

When creating my PLN, one of the first things I am going to do is add Dr. Strange because he is the one giving us different ways we can connect with teachers around the world. He has been a big help in this because I would have never known any of these ways to connect without having him as a professor. I will also add people from my group so that when we all move on and start to teach our own classes, I could see what they are doing for their classrooms. A couple of teachers that I have observed have had great ideas that they bring into their classroom that keep the students motivated and I would like to connect with them and see what all they have done with their classes. I am starting out small but overtime I will be able to find new people that I can connect to. 

Staying connected

Project #7 My Sentence/Passion is...

My sentence is...

My passion is...

Project #3 Presentation

Sunday, June 8, 2014

Blog Post #4

As a teacher, it is always important to ask questions in the classroom. By asking questions you are helping students think about what you are doing in the classroom and it will give them the s=chance to respond what they think it is you are asking for. In a couple classes I would have teachers that would ask if everyone understood what she said and if you did not respond as soon as she finished asking, she would move on to the next agenda for the class. While reading The Right Way to Ask Questions in the Classroom it says that as teachers we really do not need to know everything and that we should not assume that the students do not know anything. When teachers ask "Does everyone understand?" I would always think that it was the last chance to ask questions and if we did not have any questions then we would move on to the next subject. I agree with that part of the blog because that is how I felt at times when teachers would ask that question. You should ask questions that have to do with what you just went over that the students would actually have to think about it and can give you back an answer.

Ask questions

C4Tp (Permanent) #1

While reading Silvia Tolisano's Blogging as Pedagogy: Facilitate Learning it really helped me think of different ways blogging can be used in the classroom. She says that blogging should be seen as a pedagogy instead of an "add-on" or an "isolated project." She had listed different ways blogging can help with reading, writing, reflecting, and sharing. The list of things really helped open my eyes to different ways I can use blogging in the classroom and how it can actually help the students.

In the first blog that I read by Silvia Tolisano was And You Thought it Could Not Be Done: Blogging in Math. I agree with her that it is weird had not many language arts teachers do not use blogging. Language arts would seem like one of the subjects that you would use blogging in, especially since the students would get more feedback on their writing and help with their grammar. She talks about how you can also use blogging for math because you will get a bigger audience which gives you more feedback on different math problems.


C4Ta #1

For the Comment4Teachers temporary assignment I was assigned to Mrs. Becky Goerend's Live the Conversation blog. In her most recent post (Reflections on my first year as an elective teacher)she talks about her experience as an elective teacher. She loved having the chance to have such a deep relationship with students when she was an elementary teacher and did not think that she would be able to have that kind of relationship having about 300 kids go in and out of her class over a two day period. In this post she has a picture of flowers and an envelope with a letter from a student that the student gave her on the last day of school. As an elective teacher she did not realize how much of an impact and impression that she had made on the student.
It does not matter what kind of teacher you are to the students, but you will have some type of an impression and impact on students whether you realize it or not. You might be the only smile that the student will see that day and you may even be the only encouragement that the students have.

Her second most recent blog post, Thoughts on Wikipedia , talks about what she thinks about Wikipedia . She had given her class a research assignment and told them to use Wikipedia. When I was in middle school and high school teachers would always tell us that Wikipedia was not a credible source when we did research. Many younger students that I know are still being taught that you should never use Wikipedia when doing research because people can go back and change what it says in the information. There are people that work for the company that puts the information on Wikipedia that are notified when there has been a change to the information and they go back and fix it. Within minutes of someone editing the page, it is fixed back to how it was before. Mrs. Goerend says that Wikipedia can be one of the most updated sources on the internet. 

Teacher encouraging a student