My Blog List

Tuesday, December 6, 2016

All I want for Christmas is

As Christmas approaches, my list of things that I want in my future classroom expands. The Top 22 Tech Gadgets Teachers REALLY Want for Their Classrooms from, provides great list of tools that teachers can use. Many of the gifts are under $100 and can be used by teachers or students. One of my favorite gifts cost only $12, it's a Belkin headphone splitter!

Another gift that I found useful, was a iPhone/ iPad projector. It's lightweight and easy to carry, and it's only $53. 

As teachers, we are on a limited budget, but want to provide the best possible supplies. It's hard to buy new technology for the classroom, so this I'm asking Santa for just a few new things.  

Sunday, December 4, 2016

What to Download

Many of the classrooms today have a great tool available for the students.  iPads, tablets, or eReaders,  are often provided in classroom sets for the students. So what do we as teachers need to download to better the education of our students, and also keep them safe on the internet.  A website that I found useful, was Apps For Elementary Education. It's a great resource and starting place to gather ideas on apps that teachers often use in the classroom. A few that I enjoyed the most were the reading apps. There are many different tools available to assist students who struggle with reading. I enjoyed the "Read Me Stories – A new talking picture book EVERY DAY teaches your child new concepts, new words and how to say them." It's much more than just stories, it's a learning tool. Their are games and  many apps to interact with students, parents, and professionals.

Picture from iClipart for Schools

Monday, November 28, 2016

Check the Website

As I will soon be a first year teacher, I can start to gather ideas on how I want my classroom to be organized and for parents and students to have easy access to material. I believe that the best way to organize information, is with a classroom website. Websites can house announcements that parents need to know, it can also have the schedule and extra copies of assignments for students that lose theirs or are sick. One source that provided many useful tips on how to create a website and why, was the blog Cleanapple. It laid out "Ten reasons every teacher should want a web site". A few of my favorite reasons were "8. A teaching website keeps you organized and on track" I'm a very organized person and therefore like to plan out a schedule and keep track of where I am at. Another one that i enjoyed was "5. Helicopter parents have an off-site landing pad" I believe that the author put it best when he said,
      "With a classroom web site, you can communicate clearly with students and their parents. This informs parents of what goes on in your classroom and often gives them a chance to be more constructive with their feedback to you about their students’ successes and struggles. They also can educate themselves about your policies, goals, subject matter, and style – which allows them to help their students do better in your classes."

Monday, November 21, 2016

Dancing Through The Day

It's a Thursday afternoon, your students are tired and need energized. What do you do? You get their heart rate up and keep them moving! A great way to keep them active while in the classroom, is dancing. A dance video game is a great way to incorporate technology with physical health. Youtube has videos from video games such as Just Dance. You can put them up on the projector and the kids can follow the dance. Exercise is a great thing for kids to learn and practice. According to KidsHealth their are many benefits to kids exercising such as:
One of the videos that the students in my Level I classroom enjoyed the most, was this Just Dance  video. The teacher would play one song when she needed a little extra time during transitions or as a treat because they did such a great job during an activity. It's a great way to get the students up and moving, but also incorporating technology.  

Wednesday, November 16, 2016

UNI Education Summit

I had to opportunity to attend the University of Northern Iowa's  Education Summit. I was able to sit in and listen to Professor Dale Baker's presentation "Girls and Women in Science: Increasing Participation and Success" Professor Baker discussed the gender gap that is present between men/ women in the science field and boys/ girls in the classroom. Girls are less proficient on science area, and how can we as teachers help? She developed a list of ten things that works for girls

1. Early science instruction that begins in kindergarten 
2. Relevant curriculum that addresses girls' interests and provides many opportunities for investigation and tinkering 
3. Inclusive language and interactions 
4. Greater emphasis on computer as a tool 
5. Greater emphasis on physical science 
6. Integration of all practices of science, especially reading and writing
7. Attention to how groups are formed 
8. Activities that build self-efficacy 
9. Appropriate role models 
10. Voiced and unvoiced messages that science is for everyone

Professor Baker stressed that you can only focus on one to two at a time, don't try to focus on all of them at once. The one that I found the most important to me was #9. Many people, myself included, imagine a scientist to look like this. 

picture from iClipart for School

As teachers we can break this stereotype by bringing in female professionals, grad students, or other females in the science field. We can also put an equal amount of male and female posters up. When girls don’t see people in science that look like they do, they assume that science isn’t for them. Provide positive messages about girls specific competence in science. Create an environment where risk taking is encouraged and some failure expected for every student. 

Ways my PLN has Grown

My PLN has not only grown, but the way I view my PLN has changed. This is the first PLN map I created. I thought about it in a liner way and the ideas didn't overlap. 

As the semester advanced, my PLN grew. I now have a professional Twitter and follow other teachers. I have stepped out of my normal resources and explored other website or sources.  Not only has my PLN expanded, I know think about in more of a web design where topics overlap and intertwine.

Monday, November 14, 2016

Expand the Way You Connect

Social media is a major way we connect with others. I never thought about blogs or websites where teachers share ideas and tips as a form of communication.

I found the website useful and one day I believe that I will use if often for ideas. It provides great worksheets, games, videos for many different topics. It's a way for teachers to connect and get ideas from other teachers. We as educators can connect in many different ways.

A blog is a great way to connect with the masses. Cool Cat Teacher  covers a wide variety of topics in her blog. She offers many different ways to view her blog. She has a podcast, vlog, blog and books. I will use her tips and suggestions in my future classroom.