Archive for March, 2011

Walls-Who Needs Walls? Reflection #2

When I last reflected, I was excited about PLNs and how to use them in my classroom.  At this point, I have learned that a classroom isn’t really a classroom.  Walls should not be an issue when teaching!  I have learned about an abundance of digital tools and websites that students can use to enhance learning.

When creating my technology rich classroom environment, I learned that a classroom must have tools that can excite and engage kids, enhance learning, and encourage exploration and experimentation. I also watched videos that showed examples of tech environments.  If possible, students should leave the classroom to explore and experiment. Students must discover and inquire in order to solve their own problems, which make them analytical learners while using awesome technological tools.

If I were in a classroom, or when I teach an Elementary Ed. student, I would use Kidspiration, Glogster, U-stream, BigHugeLabs, Wordle and anything else that will come out before then!  Allowing students to feel trusted and important enough to use technology can make a huge difference in the production of work from any student. Giving students a larger perspective on learning increases their motivation to want to find more ways to learn. I look forward to using these tools in my technology rich classroom!

 

 

Management Strategies for 1:1 BlogPost #3

Knowing that we are going to discuss 1:1 in class this week, I wanted to take the time to learn from experts about 1:1.  I honestly am still a little confused as to what my part is in 1:1 and what exactly it means, but the blog I found was informative.  Rich Kiker gave five 1:1 management strategies for teachers.

Some ideas that I found important were highlighted on http://1to1schools.net/. They are as follows:

Yup, tell them that a teacher doesn’t know every­thing, put your­self in a vul­ner­a­ble posi­tion.  At the same time you will build a cul­ture of hon­esty, a value for life-long learn­ing, and dis­play a trans­par­ent and vested inter­est in the suc­cess of your stu­dents.

No mat­ter what your sub­ject, there is an oppor­tu­nity to pro­mote proper and mean­ing­ful use.  Our roles as edu­ca­tors will not be fully real­ized unless we are able to guide stu­dents toward becom­ing skilled and capa­ble cit­i­zens with an appre­ci­a­tion for knowl­edge.

My response:

Rich,
I am new to a lot of this ed tech “stuff.” I am tak­ing an Edu­ca­tional Tech­nol­ogy course and have learned more than I can grasp at the moment. The next topic at hand is 1:1. I am very happy to see that there is advice out there for 1:1. Out of the five strate­gies for man­age­ment, I really appre­ci­ated the advice to become per­sonal and hon­est with the stu­dents. Let­ting them know that I don’t know every­thing and that I am learn­ing as well is impor­tant for my stu­dents. I also agree with the oppor­tu­ni­ties to max­i­mize cit­i­zen­ship oppor­tu­ni­ties. It is impor­tant for stu­dents to have appro­pri­ate dig­i­tal cit­i­zen­ship and 1:1 will be a lot more suc­cess­ful with great cit­i­zens. Thanks so much for your man­age­ment advice!

 

A Cool Technological Tool for Diverse Learners Blog Post #2

I came across Philly Teacher, which is written by Mary Beth Hertz.  She wrote an interesting blog in regards to a vocabulary tool in the form of a comic book, Super-Powered Word Study by James Bucky Carter & Erik A. Evensen.  I was instantly drawn in!  She is offering a free copy to a teacher that comments about how it will help his or her class.  The comment with the most thumbs up wins.  I didn’t try to win the copy, but I definitely commented about this tool.

http://philly-teacher.blogspot.com/2011/03/super-powered-word-study-teaching-with.html

Ms. Hertz states: This is not a simple ‘comics will make kids want to read’ book. The authors James Bucky Carter and Erik A Evensen have created a systematic approach to using comics to teach students how to decode words based on their Latin roots.  Their materials and methods are based on research on how the brain learns.

I responded:

Ms. Mary Beth Hertz,

I enjoyed reading about this new-age technology for kids!  I occasionally scan different articles and blogs, but when I came across this blog, I stopped looking!  As a teacher for ten years, I could have definitely used this! The great addition to this is the CD. I read that Super-Power Word Study is a systematic approach to using comics to teach students how to decode words based on their Latin roots.  Their materials and methods are based on research on how the brain learns.” I truly appreciate multiliteracies that assist with diverse learners, because they create a different approach to learning. I also loved the mention of students wanting to read it for fun in addition to their lessons.  When students find something they enjoy, we need to take advantage of that.  This comic book for learning vocabulary is a great technological tool!

I love living in my bubble (My Feelings Toward Sexual Orientation Discrimination)

I love waking up everyday with my partner, 17 year-old kid (I have guardianship of my partner’s sister) and my newest addition Kato (my dog).  I live in this little bubble of going to work everyday, cooking and cleaning with my family, and enjoying time with friends and family.  But, today, a conversation was brought up that really hit home for me.  I forget sometimes that people don’t like who I am, and who I have become.  I forget many times that Me and Ana are different.  Everyday, I teach my kids, pretending that I am someone I am not.  When they ask me about my husband, I just kind of brush it off, or say that I am single.  When I apply for jobs, I ensure not to mention it, because I am pretty positive that I did not receive a job offering after my interview because I mentioned my partner.  It’s hard enough to deal with my own life and proving who I am to my immediate family, but to get it everywhere I go definitely doesn’t help.Why are we as a society still so judgmental?

My stomach hurts in agony for all of the people that have to live like me.  To be shunned upon and judged or better yet, frowned upon for not going to the classes that save us and help us be the way we are supposed to be.  I have seen kids get hurt, had friends who have died, and deal with many who cry everyday.

A message to all of the people who continue to live in a bigger bubble than mine.  WE ARE OUT THERE!  WE HAVE BEEN HERE JUST AS LONG AS JESUS AND EVEN BEFORE HIM! THERE ARE POLICY-MAKERS, LAWYERS, EDUCATORS, SOCIALISTS, ECONOMISTS (AND THE LIST GOES ON AND ON) THAT ARE JUST LIKE ME.  WE ARE HERE TO MAKE CHANGES IN THE WORLD. WE ARE BRAVER AND STRONGER THAN MANY PEOPLE  IN THIS WORLD THAT ARE YOUR KIND WHO DON’T HAVE THE GUTS TO BE THEMSELVES AND FIGHT EVERYDAY OF THEIR LIVES AND FOR THEIR LIVES.  WE ARE THE ONES WHO ADOPT THE KIDS THAT ARE THROWN AWAY BY YOUR KIND.  WE ARE THE ONES WHO LOVE THOSE AROUND US HARDER THAN YOU CAN OR EVER WILL. WE ARE THE ONES WHO SOMETIMES FORGET TO CONTINUE TO FEAR FOR OUR LIVES OR FUTURE WELL-BEING.

We are the ones who still continue to live in our bubble, because your bubble is a little bit bigger.  But, we are out there, and just like you, we have feelings.  We have fears.  We have aspirations.  We have hope.

I love living in my bubble…