Sunday, May 11, 2014
Sunday, April 27, 2014
Sunday, April 20, 2014
Topic: What role does Emotional Intelligence play in creating a healthy classroom?
I feel it is important to create an environment that is conducive to learning. When you have children in a classroom that have frequent outbursts, disrespectful attitudes towards the teacher and other students, it can make leaning difficult for those students wanting to learn.
Emotional Intelligence is defined as "The capacity to be aware of, control, and express one’s emotions, and to handle interpersonal relationships judiciously and empathetically"
To develop Emotional Intelligence competencies you first have to be aware of your emotions and behavior (Self Awareness), to manage your negative and destructive emotions (Self Management), and share your positive experiences with others (Relationship Management).
Marc A. Brackett wrote: "Research indicates that social and emotional skills associated with success in many areas of life, including effective teaching, student learning, quality relationships, and academic performance"
There are many classroom activities to address emotional literacy. One activity would be to list and define various emotions: what triggers these emotions, what a child can do to deal with the emotion, and how their emotion affects the people that are around them. Not only is it important for the children to have emotional intelligence but also the teacher when dealing with difficult children.
"All learning has an emotional base." -- Plato
Thursday, April 17, 2014
It is wonderful when volunteers come to the school to read to the children, but some children need additional one-on-one help with reading. The Assistive Technology Tool that is designed to help children with reading is Audiobooks. The books allow the child to listen to the text and follow along. The books are on various format such as CD's, MP3 players, audio cassettes. The benefits of this technology is that the children can move at their own pace with playback options and they will learn to pronounce the words correctly. There is a huge electronics library available and in the event that the book you are seeking is not in the audiobook library. They have developed a scanner where you can scan printed material into a computer or handheld device. The text is then read aloud via a speech reading system. This technology is called Optical Character Recognition.
Sunday, April 6, 2014
Sunday, March 30, 2014
One thing that I learned from his video is that as teachers, we should create an environment where children will flourish. In a sense, a more personalized approach to learning. As I have learned, there are many different learning styles and techniques and it takes trying new things to see what will be the most effective way to reach students. We need an innovative, creative, think-outside-the-box approach to create a passion for learning.
Wednesday, March 19, 2014
Although this new technology trend sounds like a great way for children to learn, there are some obstacles that you may encounter. One concern that parents have with technology is allowing the children to have free access to all sites. This can be addressed by limiting what a child will see by setting privacy restrictions. Also, you can post educational links that the children can safely access and explain to them that these are the only links approved for access. It is important to establish and communicate up front, consequences if a child does access sites that are not on the approved list.
Another obstacle that you might encounter is limited computer resources. If that is the case, it is important to schedule time for computer lab and have the children that are not able to access a computer, to have other learning activities and then rotate. Like Ms. Cassidy mentioned in her video, is the buy-in from administrators to allow you to teach using PLN's. Not every school has embraced this new technology and may require some convincing and show of success before they allow you to continue teaching these methods.
Sunday, March 16, 2014
A planning guide for ACSS based elementary projects/units
Grade Level: 3rd grade
Unit of Study: English Language Arts
Project Title: Around the World Food Choices
Start Date/Duration: 2 class periods a week dedicated to this project Duration 6 week period
Describe the scenario for the project:
Children chose a country they want to study. Research on internet what foods are common in the area. What foods are commonly grown. Connect with children in other countries. Draw pictures, Map out findings and make videos, Summarize the authentic challenge in this project: Connecting with children in other countries to validate information collected online.
Priority Common Core State Standards (3 – 4)
Math: Measurement and Data
Reading: site information when writing to support researched topic
Writing: conduct research project based on questions demonstrating understanding of the topic
Speaking and Listening: Present information to classroom
Social Studies: Learning how to use maps and understanding locations
Draft a Driving Question for the project:
What foods do children in other countries eat?
How will the project involve the community or allow students to interact with other adults outside the classroom?
Ask parents to help them prepare meals from other countries
______________________________________________________ How will students share their products/solutions/ideas with a public audience?
Have a parent meeting where the student prepare foods from different countries and share their findings in slideshow or video.
______________________________________________________ Identify the key 21st century skills to be learned in the project.
❑ Teamwork and collaboration.
❑ Innovation and Creativity
❑ Effective Oral and Written Communication
❑ Accessing and Analyzing Information
❑ Work Ethic
What final products will students produce in the project?
Define countries, Map out their findings, prepare video
Technology-based: Internet, twitter, skype, iEarn
Which research based teaching strategies will be used in the project?
❑ Identifying Similarities and Differences
❑ Summarizing and Note Taking
❑ Reinforcing Effort, Providing Recognition
❑ Homework and Practice
❑ Nonlinguistic Representations
❑ Cooperative Learning
❑ Setting Objectives, Providing Feedback
Enroll and Engage 1. Plan the first two days of the project. Check tools to be used to begin the project. Handouts __x___
Need to know __x___
Review timeline _x__
Form teams __x___
► Objective which explains what the child will be doing.
► Class materials needed such as overhead projector, white board, calculator.
► Step by step procedures with examples.
► Discussion questions to reinforce what the student just learned
► Evaluation to determine how well the students listened in class, participated in class, and how well they applied what they learned.
For Math, they provide Tips for solving problems, printable worksheets, suggested reading material and vocabulary words with definitions.
They also have a great feature called Virtual Field Trips.
I loved reading through the lesson examples and can't wait to use them in my classroom.
Sunday, March 2, 2014
The Blog assignment this week was to watch the video Randy Pausch Last Lecture: Achieving Your Childhood Dreams. The Lecture was given by Randy Pausch, Professor at Carnegie Mellon University. Randy started the lecture by telling the audience that he has terminal cancer and according to the doctors, only "3 to 6 months of good life left". The lecture was not at all what you would think coming from someone with his prognosis. He was inspiring, funny, upbeat, and genuinely happy. He took the audience through his childhood dreams. He had a list of dreams or goals that he wanted to achieve in life and he spoke to each item on the list. He later talked about his career and the obstacles that he overcame to achieve his dream. When he was turned down for a job, he said "Brick walls are not there to keep us out but to prove how bad we want something". "The brick walls are there to stop people who do not want it bad enough". Randy had tenacity, whenever he had a closed door, he would treat it as an opportunity.
Randy used an expression throughout his lecture called "head fake". Head fake is where you think you are learning one thing, but you are actually learning something totally different during the process. One example that he used was football. He loved football and realized that while playing his favorite sport, he was learning more than just how to throw the ball or read a play. He was being taught life lessons like teamwork, sportsmanship, perseverance.
He took the "head fake" one step further and helped develop a computer program called ALICE which is where a student thought they were making movies and playing computer games, but were actually learning computer programming. He wanted children to have fun while they were learning something hard.
Throughout the lecture he was giving life lessons such as: show gratitude, be earnest, tell the truth,apologize when you screw up, focus on others not yourself, work hard, find the best in everybody, be prepared, enjoy life, have fun, don't complain, get a feedback loop and listen to it, and never give up.
The lecture was not about how to achieve your dreams as he led the audience to believe, but how to lead your life. The lecture was not for the audience but for his 3 children that in is death, he would leave behind.
This was a wonderful lecture that made such an impression on me. I am happy that our class had this assignment as I feel we are keeping the wisdom of Randy Pausch alive.
Sunday, February 23, 2014
Because there are so many different sites available, it is important to utilize a program to organize your desktop personal settings. One program that I like is Symbaloo. It is a display of tiles that allow you to directly search your mail, newsfeeds, and commonly visited internet sites with a touch of a button.
The best way to create your own PLN is to reach out to people on Twitter that share the same interest as you. I began my PLN by reaching out to teachers on twitter from a list that Mr. Strange provided. I am also following a blog called At the teachers desk. Larry Ferlazzo provided a list entitled “The Best Twitterers For Sharing Resource Links:” I think I will reach out to the individuals on this list as well.
• Make sure that your source of information is credible
• The tools are not as important as the connections made by them
Sunday, February 16, 2014
From the Project Based Learning Skills video series, I learned some great examples of how you can use Project Based Learning in the classroom. The videos were taken from conversations between Anthony Capps,a 3rd grade teacher at Gulf Shores Elementary and Dr. Strange, teacher of USA EDM310.
In the first video series Project Based Learning: Experiences of a 3rd Grade Teacher. Anthony explains how he determines a project topic for his class. He has to make sure that the content meets the state ACCRS standards, motivates the children, has a relevant subject, involves the community, and has an authentic audience. In the example that he used, the class wrote a letter to a congressman. They were encouraged to interview family and friends. All children were required to participate but only 8 letters were selected to be sent. The class critiqued the letters and chose the best ones.
When selecting a topic, I learned that not all projects will go as planned. In some instances, a parent may not agree with the topic and request a change. If this occurs, an alternative project should be assigned to the student. The goal to keep in mind when selecting a topic is for all children to be engaged and excited about the project.
iCurio, Anthony points out that the website iCurio is available for students to do research, download images, text, graphs, and videos. This website is specifically designed for educational use as it meets alabama curation standards. You don't want children searching and finding inappropriate or inaccurate information on the internet. This tool also has an on-line storage capacity which allows students to create folders to keep them organized.
Discovery Education is another website that Anthony recommends. This website encourages the use of digital technology in the classroom to enrich the research experience. This site offers instructional videos, skill builders, games, audio files, images, writing prompts to improve writing skills, encyclopedia research for the basic core subject areas.
I love the video on Strange List of Tips for Teachers . He reminds us that we need to be constantly learning and setting examples for those around us. Teaching never ends and it is hard work but it is so worth it. As he mentioned in the second video, unexpected things will happen as it did when the parent wasn't happy with the project topic that was chosen. In this case, we need to be flexible and have an action plan in place so that we will know how to move forward. In everything we do, we need to have a end goal in mind. What is it we are trying to accomplish and how are we going to get there. Our goal when selecting a topic for Project Based Learning is to engage 100% of students, 100% of the time in 100% of their projects. Once our project is completed, we should reflect and learn from our mistakes and our successes. Ask for feedback from our audience on how we can improve for our next project.
Dont Teach Technology - Use It is a great video where Anthony addresses using technology in the classroom. He explains the importance of allowing children time to become familiar with the computer and programs. It is imperative for the teacher to understand how to use a computer and have familiarity with the instructional website. Don't be surprised if a child is better at creating a powerpoint presentation than you, but make sure you can help assist them if they do have questions.
Sunday, February 9, 2014
The next post by Allanah king that I read was "Spell Write". This post was about how Allanah loved the idea of testing each student on their "Spell Write" spelling list. The only problem was that to test each individual student, it would take forever. So Allanah decided to record herself giving the test. She also provided each student with a template so that they could write their answers. This way the students could fast forward/rewind when they needed to, and could go at their own pace. Ms. King also provided some links to show exactly what she was talking about. In response, I said how wonderful I thought this idea was. I talked about how nice it is to be able to go at the pace that the student wants to go on. This is something I definitely would like to use when I become a teacher.
I have included the picture that Allanah King uses in her blog of the template for her Spell Write tests.
The reason why teachers ask questions in class is to engage the student in the discussion and try to determine if the children understand the topic. I learned from the article "The right way to ask questions in the classroom" that It is critical that we structure the questions in such a way that requires a response from each student, not just a select group of 'smart kids'. One effective approach is to ask a question…. pause for 3 seconds and then call on a student to answer. Because you are calling on random students, each student will be thinking of an answer in case you call their name. If you ask a question and want a 'show of hand's', you typically get the same students that answer the questions and the ones that don't raise their hands disengage from the discussion. It is important that you ask questions that will stimulate a response and active participation. when you prepare for class, write down a list of questions that you can ask the students. The students may ask you questions too, so be prepared for that. Include in your notes when you will pause from the discussion and ask the questions. Asking questions throughout the class will keep the children engaged.
In the article, "Asking questions to improve learning", the writer shared some 'Strategies for asking questions'. First think of the subject matter and communicate facts, ideas, and ways of thinking that will help them learn. Try not to ask 'leading questions' that are phrased where it suggests its own answer Instead, you want the child to think on their own and come up with a unique response. If you ask a 'yes' / 'no' question, follow up with asking them to provide an example of why they chose that response. Make sure your questions are direct, specific and clearly stated. During classroom discussions, you should only ask one question at a time. Children will be confused if too much is asked at one time. You want to keep them focused.
Sunday, February 2, 2014
When making suggestions on how your peer can improve their writing, be specific. Areas to review are word choice,details used, organization, and topics. This covers the structure of their writing.
The last step in peer editing is corrections. This would include punctuation errors, grammatical mistakes, spelling errors and problems with sentence structure. Be sure to clearly mark the problem areas so the reader will know what needs to be corrected.
Peer editing is a useful process for both you and your peers. You will benefit from reviewing their work and it will create an awareness so you can improve your own writing skills.
Sunday, January 19, 2014
My fear about EDM310 is the required 9 hours a week. I am on the dance team, in a sorority, and I'm taking 7 classes this semester, so I don't have very much time to do anything outside of that. When I get free time all I want to do is pass out on my bed, because I'm so exhausted. I really hope that I will have the time to do the work required of me.
This class is a lot different from the classes I have taken in college so far. This is the first time I have ever had to do a blog. I can tell from the first email that we got from Mr. Strange that this is not an easy class and that he is not going to just give me a good grade because I went to class. Some of the teachers I have had are like that. It is going to take a lot of work to get a good grade in this class.
Like I mentioned earlier I don't have a lot of time, so the most difficult thing for me would probably be, staying on track of the work, and having enough time to do the work. One thing I can do to help me stay on track is to print out the checklist and syllabus and carry it with me so that I can look at it and know what needs to be done and when. Also if I am waiting to dance at the basketball game or something and have some extra time I can just pull out the checklist and can do some work. I need to not wait till the last day to do the assignments. I need to do a little bit each day and I think that will help a whole lot.