Sunday, December 8, 2013

Blog Post 16: My Final Reflection


A family of children of different ages.
Teaching is all so they can reach their dreams

      I have learned so much during my time in EDM 310. I must admit that I have definitely changed some of my views on technology in the classroom. I once believed all technology would be expensive and thus difficult to utilize in the public school system. Google has shown me that excellent programs exist for free. I learned that resources are available to those teacher's that are willing to put in the work to find them. I still believe that my classroom will include multiple learning strategies. Technology is a very useful tool along with: dissection, PBL, group work, and short lectures. I feel that the key to keeping a student invested in the information is to keep it fresh. By using several techniques in short duration, I believe you can keep your students attention and reinforce the subject matter in a manner that is not tedious.

     I would like to incorporate blogging in to my classroom. I learned throughout this class, that it is an excellent way to connect students. As I would like to teach biology in a high school setting, I will have several different groups. Through blogging they can see the thoughts and work of all of my student's from one convenient location. Even more exciting, they can see the work that biology students from around the world. It is my hope that this will challenge them to be the best they can be. I also would like to create a class website that parents and students can access to stay informed on what is happening in the classroom. In this way, parents are part of the classroom and an informed parent is able to help their child be successful. Students that miss school would also be able to keep up with the class and not fall behind. In my first blog post I was hesitant on the effectiveness of technology in a classroom for biology students;  I now see a world that is full of exciting educational technology. I will be a lifelong learner and use my PLN and my own research to maximize my students learning experience.


My Passion Video Revised

My Passion Video Revised

My Sentence Video Revised

Technology I want to use in my classroom

My Book Trailer

Homeland: By R.A Salvatore
Book Trailer By: Douglas R Jarvis Jr

Sunday, December 1, 2013

Blog Post 15 : Learning Tech for the Hearing and Visually Impaired

Technology to Help Students with Visual and Hearing Impairments
By: Douglas R. Jarvis Jr.

 Many of us can not imagine what it would be like to have a visual or hearing impairment. As educators, we are responsible for helping all our students learn. I researched two devices that help students in this situation. Unfortunately, many products are costly and not always available to people without insurance. The National Association for the Blind has links to several devices to help the visually impaired. I chose to look into the Braille Translation  Software.These devices allow a teacher to post a documents and have them translated to braille so that they can be read by blind students. This would make teaching much easier. By having the ability to create lesson plans that the children can read without investing lots of money into specialty documents.
 Hearing impairment is also very expensive to correct and many can not afford cochlear implants. However , there are several devices that can help stream sound directly to a hearing aide to allow a teacher more mobility while reducing background noise for the student. One such device is an infrared amplification device. This technology uses a transmitter to send the sound invisibly to the student. This is considered to be the most effective amplification device to use in public places because it is cordless and needs no equipment to be worn. I found this information by reading Sarah Irvine Belson’s special ed wiki. She can be found at
blind girl learning

What Assistive Technologies are available to teachers?
Author: Autumn Sprouse
"Having a Great Time Teaching Mom what her child is learning"
To get started on learning about what technologies are available to teachers, I watched the video Having a Great Time Teaching Mom what her child is learning. In this video, a mother learns how blind students learn on the iPad. One tool that the iPad has is called voice over. When voice over is activated, whatever your finger touches, it tells you, and if you want to select that app, you just double tap. This is such a great tool that can help so many students get the opportunity to learn on the iPad. You can also change the iPad from voice over to standard mode. With standard mode, instead of double tapping the screen, to select an app you just hold your finger on it and lift up. Before watching this video, I had no idea that this was available to students who are blind, or that the iPad could even do that! After watching this, I believe that any student can learn on the iPad and it is amazing to see how much technology is available to us now for learning.
After watching this video, I then researched more videos about iPads for the blind. I watched Unlocking the Power of the iPad for the Blind. This video showed how teachers to learned about the iPad and how to teach the students. The teachers go through a workshop which is led by Jon Erlichman who is blind. He teaches the teachers how to use voiceover and the several apps you can get to help the students further their learning. Many of the apps are free or cost $0.99. Workshop Teaching the Blind
It is amazing to see how far we have came in the last few years with technology from students using Braille, to them now using iPads and being able to use them on a daily basis. Learning about this has opened my eyes to the use of the iPad ever more than I thought it could.

iPad Usage For the Blind
Author: Kristie Bell

In the video iPad Usage For the Blind, Wesley Majerus is a technology specialists who demonstrates how the blind can use iPads.

Technology is absolutely amazing and has opened up so many opportunities to the blind. For example, the iPad has several apps that provide great assistant to the blind. These apps can not only be downloaded on the iPad, but the iPhone as well. Technology is really changing the world by helping those with impairments. For example, the app called Ariadne GPS allows the visually impaired to take solo walks by themselves. The interactive maps make it easier to explore the world around you. Whenever you cross a street a signal vibration will automatically come on. This tool can even announce stops on a bus or train.

The best part about the iPad is that it can read any form of text aloud to the visually impaired which makes learning less difficult for them. Without technology none of this would even be possible! It is simply amazing what obstacles technology can help people overcome.

After learning about the app called Braille Pro I found this tool to be very interesting. This app allows you to learn Braille and translate english to braille. This tool would be great for parents learning braille with their kids. It would also be great for parents who need help creating their child's books in Braille. This is an excellent tool and I would definitely use it.

I believe that iPad usage for the blind is wonderful. I hope that one day it could allow every visually impaired student to enroll in public education systems instead of having to go to a school for the impaired. In my future classroom, I would certainly use these apps if I had a visually impaired student. The iPad truly is a remarkable learning device!

What assistive technologies are available to you as a teacher?

Teaching Math to the Blind
Author: Kynyetta Barren

In the video Teaching Math to the Blind, it was very interesting. It has never cross my mind about how blind people learn. Professor Art Karshmer introduces a system he created using blocks and grids to aid blind students in solving math problems. He stated that braille is not read in two dimensions, so were a seeing person can line an addition problem one number on top of the other, and add from right to left to solve problems. This is how the system works. the students scans the blocks with braille and a visual number on the front with a barcode scanner. Then the computer reads the number aloud. I found this system to be very educational. I like the thought that students with a learning disability can learn in the same way as we learn. It's just amazing to learn new things!! After watching that video, I decided to do some more research on assistive technology devices that's useful in the classroom. In my search I found a software program called FaceMouse . It's a software designed to assist people with limited movement. Students will use only their face and head movement. FaceMouse uses standard webcam to allow your face to control and move the computer's mouse point. It will control the mouse pointer by following your head movements, facial gestures, and any actions such as mouth opening, closing, and eyebrow movement. I have provided a video link to FaceMouse Overview so you can better understand the concept.I think that both of these tools are beneficial to the students and future educators. I have never giving thoughts about how I would student. These resources were great and helpful!!

Sunday, November 24, 2013

Project 2: My final report on my PLN


     In this class, technology has been very well covered. I have started following people on twitter, Facebook, blogs, and reaching out to teachers in the Mobile area.

Tools I use:
 Twitter- I read post and get links to videos that are helpful to me.
 Youtube Teaching Channel:- I subscribe to videos that are relevant to science teachers.
  Facebook: I have friends that are teachers that i talk to and get advice from.
  Blogger- I subscribe to several of the blogs Dr. Strange linked us to through assignments.
  My iPhone: I have everything saved and organized on my smart phone to make organizing my tools easy.

   Firstly, my class group and I talk frequently. As future teachers I will always stay in touch with them.
   I have formed personal friendships with teachers in the area that I respect.
    Mike Ford- Theodore High
    Zach Gipson- Theodore High
    Ed Mayfield- Cranford Burns
    Derek Walley- Theodore High
    Dr. Terry Hazzard- Bishop State
    Dr. Smith - Bishop Sate, Alabama School of Math and Science.
    I hope to keep my student roll of EDM310 and develop relationships with everyone. We are the future of teaching and I believe many of us will become technology based educators. 
     I also especially look forward to continue following Dr. Strange and EDM310 to see how the class grows and to stay up to date on new perspectives and ideas from his students. 
technology in the classroom

Maintaining Order in Your Classroom

Blog Post 14: What Did I leave out?
One of the most challenging aspects of being a new teacher is learning how to maintain order and effectively disciplining your students. Part of providing an optimal learning environment is to ensure that each student has a safe and well maintained classroom. Write a post explaining how you would handle disruptive behavior and maintain an orderly classroom.

Here are some resources to help you get started:

Blog Post 14:Managing My Classroom
By: Douglas R Jarvis Jr.

I can only imagine the butterflies a new teacher feels on their first day of having their own class. In observation and student teaching, we have backup in a veteran teacher there to help us. It is our job to provide a safe and orderly learning environment for each of our students. We will face disruptive behaviors in our career there is simply no way around it. In researching this topic I learned quite a bit. Foremost is to be overly prepared to teach your lesson. Students can tell if you are knowledgeable and prepared. If they sense you are not, they will not respect you. This lack of respect will lead to students tuning you out and you can quickly lose control. Observing your students body language is another way to help curb disruption. If you notice they are bored then stop and try a fun exercise to refocus everyone. Bored children will be far more likely to misbehave than children that are captivated by the activity. Another way to help maintain order is to be actively involved with your students lives.Talk to them and show them that you care about their concerns. Always treat every student with respect and build a reputation as someone that is fair and that cares.Keeping your word and honoring all of your commitments to your students is also very important. You can not expect them to respect your authority if you do not honor your word. Avoid letting students see you in a depressed state. Life is hard but, you must try hard to always present a positive attitude. Children will respond positively to positive attitudes more often than not. Finally, detail and outline what is expected in your classroom. Ensure that the students understand clearly what is acceptable and what is not. Providing them with a code of conduct is a good way to handle this. Let them know what the consequences for not honouring that code of conduct are. Do not play favorites, you must honor your code of conduct and ensure that every student is treated fairly and equally.
Unfortunately, there is no sure fire way to prevent trouble in the classroom. So how do we handle it when it arises. Being decisive is very important. Do not repeat yourself over and over. Act swiftly to curtail any disruptive behavior and implement the disciplinary action that is appropriate. Having communications with the parents is important. Let them help you to keep students in line. Remember even in disciplining a student be respectful and professional. Use it as an opportunity to express to the student that you still care about them but that you have to ensure your students have a positive learning environment. Punishment is not a favorite aspect of the job for most teachers. It is important to remember that we are there to teach not to remove students. We should always make every effort to correct behavior in the classroom before turning to suspension.
          cartoon of disruptive students

Smart Board-B Lesson plan/ PBL assignment

Smart Board Lesson Plan for the Sisley Group 

      The Sisley Group presents a lesson plan using smart board tools and incorporating project based learning to allow our students to create a presentation to be presented in class and shared with our class blog. In this way, we hope that our students will strive to learn about not only the history; but the dynamics of how a nation evolves. They will answer the driving question: How did this event cause the United States to evolve as a nation? They will not only present to the class but, their presentation will be recorded and shared on our class blog providing a worldwide audience. We created a web page to allow the students to have all instructions, resources, and tools to guide them in their project creation. History PBL Presentation. 

Please visit our site and see what our students are up to.

Smart board image

Sunday, November 17, 2013

C4T 4 November 2013

C4T Teacher #4

Comment 1: November 10, 2013

    Becky Goerend’s Blog today discussed a day in her life. She repeatedly ran into students and talked with parents on her off time. She illustrated that being off work does not mean you are done with the role of teacher. She asked the question, would you want to live in the community you teach in? I say yes, I want to be out and see students and parents. I want to be part of my community and to really embrace my opportunity to be a positive influence in my students lives. I realize that at times it will be annoying to be in a hurry and have to talk to a student or parent on my personal time, but if you can not do that, how committed are you to what you are doing. Teaching is a responsibility to your town and it should be taking seriously.

Comment 2: November 16, 2013

    Today, I chose to read Ms. Becky Goerend’s post entitled: Turning it Over to Them, Success in the Making. In an attempt to try to find a way to improve classroom behavior, Ms. Goerend had her students decide when the top 3 times of disruptive behavior occurs in their classroom. They then worked to create a rubric as a way to grade behavior during these times. After the first peer evaluation the students score well below 50% and then set a goal to make it to 50% on the next evaluation. They were successful reaching 54%. This is early in its existence , but, I am interested to see how peer behavior moderation grows in her classroom. This is a very interesting idea indeed.

November C4K 9+10

November C4K Assignments

 C4K # 9: November 10, 2013
     Today, I was able to review a blog from a sixth grade student named Saadiya from Pt. England School in New Zealand. You can find her at Saadiya@ Pt England School. I chose to look at her post entitled “ Old Man”. She wrote a short story about a man walking down the beach lost in thought. There were some grammatical errors, but the attempt of imagery was very nicely done. She painted the scene clearly and the story arc was impressive for a girl her age. On a personal note, reading other comments on her page, I saw many sex ads and that disturbed me a great deal. I would hope the teacher would prevent this by monitoring comments.

 C4K # 10: November 16, 2013
      Today, I was able to watch a video post from Kaya of the Little Voices, Little Scholars blog. The title of her post is, “Kaya Tells Us Why We Need to Use the Crossing”. Kaya explains that as young children it is very important that students use the crossing area and not attempt to cross the road by themselves. She further explains the need to have the adult at the crossing tell them when to walk because safety is very important. Kaya used a video tool called vimeo to record and post her video.

Blog Post 13: Learning From Sir Robinson's Favorite TED Talks

Blog Post 13: What Can We Learn from Sir Robinson’s Favorite TED Talks?

Author: Douglas R. Jarvis Jr.

    Arvind Gupta takes us on a marvelous journey in his talk about using things we normally would simply toss away in order to provide interactive teaching tools for children. He provides examples of using rubber tubing and match sticks to create countless mathematical shapes that could be used to teach angles, geometry, engineering and so many other lessons. He shows us how to create pumps from bicycle tubes and straws and generators from batteries, magnets, and paperclips. His ingenuity is a prime example that even the poorest school system can find ways to provide children with hands on learning tools. We get so bogged down in worrying about how to afford fancy classroom supplies. However, what  really matters is teaching your students in a way that captivates them. By using these inexpensive methods, you can allow students to have hands on interaction and really see why the science or math involved creates the desired effect. We can all learn from this method of education. Face it, many school systems are going to be reluctant or unwilling to provide us money for projects. As teachers, we can use Mr. Gupta’s ideas to turn our trash into toys built by our students.

    It has been proven time after time that people learn best from practical experience. Yet, so many teachers continue to take the learning out of the students hands and force them to endure tedious and non-motivating lectures. Imagine listening to a lecture on shapes in your geometry class; now instead use, the rubber tubing and match sticks and let your students build the shapes and explore the strengths and weaknesses of each shape while you discuss the lesson. The student is intrigued because he wants to learn how to make the more interesting ones and captivated when he gets to play with his creation. Learning can be fun, it does not have to be a chore. We all know what it is like to be watching the clock praying for the bell. So lets all fight against that and create classrooms that our students don’t want to leave. We don't have to have a lot of money, just the desire and drive to learn how to maximize the resources we have.source:

Author:Kristie Bell

In Kakenya Ntaiya’s video, “A Girl Who Demanded School” she tells the inspirational story about her educational journey. Kakenya made a deal with her father about undergoing the traditional Maasai rite of passage if he would let her go to high school. In the Maasai culture the boys grow up to be warriors and the girls will be mothers. At five years old, Kakenya found out her parents had already arranged her marriage for her. She was expected to a perfect woman so that she could become a perfect wife one day. However, Kakenya’s mother was denied an education and she always wanted better for her children, so she pushed Kakenya and her siblings to get an education. Kakenya’s mother wanted a better life for her children than the one she was living. The case was very different with her father who would abuse her mother and Kakenya’s mom could not question him because she was merely a woman. Kakenya’s dream was to become a teacher when she went to school and so she worked hard. As she was approaching high school, she told her father she would only go through the Maasai ceremony if he let her continue school. He accepted because he did not want dishonor brought to his family. Kakenya went as far to apply for college and was accepted to a women’s college in Leesburg, Virginia. She needed the support of the village because even though she had a scholarship she had to raise money for her plane ticket. The village felt it was a wasted opportunity on a girl and should have been given to a boy instead. However, she was able to work with her village elders and she arrived in America. Kakenya said she was overwhelmed with enjoyment, but she also learned that what they did to her body during the ceremony in Kenya  was against the law. It is called female mutilation and many more girls in Kenya are at risk of undergoing this. She learned that she had a right to her body and a right to an education. She also learned that her mom had a right to own property and did not deserve to be abused because she was a woman. Kakenya’s journey to America was a culture shock and a new eye opener for this young woman. It made her so angry when she discovered the news that she wanted to do something about this. She returned to Kenya and said she wanted to give back to the community. The people of the community and Kakenya came up with a school for girls. The Kakenya Center for Excellence was established in 2009 with 32 students. The school is just for girls and it focuses on academics, leadership and female empowerment, as well as life skills. Kakenya also works with donors to provide scholarships for those who cannot afford tuition.

What can we learn from these TED talks?

    We can learn so much from Kakenya’s inspirational story. First of all, her story should remind us of how blessed we truly are to live in the land of opportunity and to be able to have the option of earning a degree. We also have a public education school system where children can get an education at no cost to their parents. So many of us take education for granted and many people drop out from high school before they even receive their diploma. This young woman wanted nothing more than to have a chance at receiving an education. She was able to fulfill her goals and dreams of becoming a teacher. Not only did she become a teacher, but she also became a wonderful role model to her home community. Kakenya is an absolute blessing to the young ladies that attend her school in Africa. She teaches us to follow our dreams and never give up even if it is not an easy journey. She is an outstanding example of what a teacher should be. We need to reach out and help our students to be successful in all that they do. Kakenya’s story was remarkable and it will always serve as a reminder to me.  

Author: Autumn Sprouse

    For this blog, I chose to watch Charles Leadbeater's video, “Education Innovation in the Slums”. Charles Leadbeater is a British author who writes on topics such as innovation and creativity. Leadbeater has advised many companies, cities, and even governments around the world on innovation strategy. He has written many popular books and continues to express his knowledge on education. Leadbeater decided to start off in Monkey Hill, Rio in one of the biggest slums in the country. There he met a boy who dropped out of school at the age of fourteen. That boy started working in a business to make money, and at the age of sixteen was  running the business and  had hired over 1,000 people to work for him. This young man would be expected to be dead by the age of 24. Living in the slums means a high death rate of AIDS and the life expectancy is low. Out of a room full of kids, over half of them do not have parents, and the other half only have one parent because of the AIDS epidemic. Luckily, this same boy met a guy in Rio who had installed the first computers in classrooms for the children of Rio. Leadbeater says with education and technology, there is a chance for hope. This video also showed the computers that Sugata Mitra used in his homeland. Leadbeater showed a room full of students learning on computers and explained how they are reinventing the slums. Leadbeater says that we need more reinventions to improve our schools. Our schools may look the same from the outside, but from the inside we need to push forward to new technology. He also says we need to encourage our students more. Students are not going to want to further their education if we are not their backbone. This video taught me so much about the slums and the education there. I'm so glad that people like Charles Leadbeater had the chance to go over there and make a difference to people to who are less fortunate. Leadbeater had many great ideas to bring to Rio, and to classrooms today around the world.

What can we learn from these TED talks?
Author: Kynyetta Barren

    In the video, ”, Teaching One Child at a Time Shukla Bose talks about how she started the Parkrma Humanity Foundation. The foundation helps the children in India who live in the slums get an education. She went to the slums to identify houses where children lived who would never get to go to school. Bose then began talking to parents about getting their children into school. Shukla didn’t want to play the number game anymore, she made an effort to make a change. She wanted to provide the children of India with a better education. The foundation started a school with about 165 children. The foundation built more schools and even a junior college. Bose speaks about three myths that are believed in India. The first myth is that no one in the slums can speak English. that myth is not true, Bose showed a video to the audience of two children speaking English. the second myth was that parents do not like their children going to school. That’s totally wrong. Shukla stated that parents are very supportive and want their children going to school. The last myth was that children who lived in the slums did not integrate with other children who do not live in the slums. Once again, Bose presented a video of a girl that was given an opportunity to go to a camp with other students that didn’t live in the slums. The children were excited to make friends with the other children who didn’t live in the slums. The reason the schools became successful is that the schools and teachers operated under the idea, “one child at a time”, which means they would educate students focusing on treating each child as an individual. The idea of the Parikrma Humanity Foundation is to educate children and prepare them for the real world. Shukla stated at the end of her presentation, “what is in the building is not important, all that matters is what the children are learning.” This statement is so true! We learn that we can make a difference in any child’s life with education. Just by taking one step at a time to accomplish something so big for children of the future.We want our children with the best education possible. It’s very heartwarming to listen to what she did for the children of India.

Sunday, November 10, 2013

Lesson Plan 3: An Individual Smartboard Lesson

Lesson Plan 3 "Producers, Decomposers, and Consumers: Lesson Game can be viewed on my web page by clicking this link.

In this lesson, I am teaching a third grade biology lesson. We will cover the common core standard for students to be able to identify producers, consumers, and decomposers. We will play a matching game as a class in which each child will be asked to come up and select a picture of a animal, plant, fungus, or bacteria and categorize it using the smartboard tool I created. Each student will then be asked why he or she selected that category. This is a collaborative lesson in which the entire class can be involved and the students can teach each other. For this project I ask you to assume that I have already discussed these categories with the students. This lesson will serve as a review and a fun way to allow each student to be hands on with the information so that it will be easily absorbed for them.

 Matching Quiz: Producers, Decomposers, and Consumers

Friday, November 8, 2013

How To Escape Education's Death Valley

    Sir Ken Robinson delivered a wonderful commentary on education at a TED Talk in April of 2013. He discussed the irony of the legislation we call “no child left behind”. So what is ironic about this legislation? The dropout rate in some of our states approaches 60% and in Native American communities, it can grow as high as 80% ! So the irony is that we have created a system that leaves the majority of our children behind. Sir Robinson believes that we must first recognize that each child is an individual. No one method of teaching will ever be able to reach the learning personalities of every student. America has tried to standardize education to the degree that teachers struggle to be able to use their own creativity to develop lessons that inspire and capture the curiosity of a student. Sir Robinson made the point that children are naturally curious and it is quite an accomplishment to extinguish that. So why do we bog down in standardized testing and allowing a room full of politicians to decide the best way for children to learn? Is it not the teacher and the school that facilitate learning? I completely agree with this assessment. To really change the dropout rate in this country, we have to return the teacher’s power to decide how to best reach his/her students. We need to allow the administrators in the schools to determine the effectiveness of the method a teacher may choose to use because they too are educators. As teachers, we must take this responsibility very seriously and not just try to teach information. We must encourage, counsel, advise , and be involved with the well being of each of our students. I believe every child has a gift and that it is our job to help him find it.  Not every child is meant for the University but, that does not mean he can not be successful. Vocations provide the backbone of our nation and we are reaching a dangerous deficit of skilled workers in this country. Last year, I attended Alabama Community College System Governor’s Breakfast in Montgomery, Alabama as an ambassador from Bishop State. Dr Bentley expressed his concern that six million skilled jobs are unfilled in this country due to the lack of qualified workers. The kids are dropping out because they are discouraged and being treated as second class because they are not scholastically gifted. That is a crime!  while I am proud of those gifted students as well we simply can not turn our back on a student because he can not score a 30 on the ACT.  When we as teachers take the time to encourage our students and let them feel proud of themselves we give fuel to the student to keep fighting. So lets all find a way to reach our students and remember they are different but, they all deserve our best.  Death Valley is the driest place in the U.S. Life is very scarce there and yet a few years ago with a rain system dropping seven inches of moisture onto the desert floor, flowers bloomed and blanketed a desert in green. This is a beautiful metaphor for our education system. If we rain support, creativity, and encouragement on our students we can cut the dropout rate and help every student blossom. SEE THE DIFFERENCE!

In Ken Robinson’s video, Changing Education Paradigms he discusses how every country on the earth is reforming public education. We need to know how to educate our children to take their place in the 21st century economies. We need to educate our children so they have a cultural identity. Today, most children believe that just because you have a college degree does not mean you will be guaranteed a job, which is absolutely correct. The problem with our current learning system is that it was designed for a different age. We must raise education standards because we are in the 21st century. Ken Robinson feels that our students cannot focus because we have so many technological tools, but they are not being put to use. Instead, teachers are using the same boring lesson plan that consists of lecturing. He states “ We are getting our children through education by anaesthetising them.” We are basically putting them to sleep because of boredom when we should be waking them up to what is inside themselves. Schools are made up of standardization and we need to move in the opposite direction from this. Schools need to cultivate creativity and acknowledge multiple types of creativity.

What can we learn from Sir Ken Robinson?
We can learn so much from this inspirational man. Our students need to focus on being creative thinkers and unfortunately our education system only educates to be good workers. In our classrooms we will cultivate our students’ interest and energy. Ken Robinson teaches you not to educate students out of their creativity. We want to create unlimited possibilities in our classrooms and acknowledge each student’s talents. Mr. Robinson points out the importance of acknowledging your student’s talents because so many feel that if their talent does not fit into the education system’s classification then they are not considered intelligent. Our students should be unleashing their talents and discovering their culture identity in the world. Sir Ken Robinson really gave us a new outlook and his words could not be more true. We need to truly rethink our school systems and make our students feel alive again.

In Sir Ken Robinson video, The Importance of Creativity, he speaks at a conference about how education is killing creativity. He believes that creativity is as important as literacy. A lot of teachers just want the students to get the work done, pass a test, or do a project. Creativity should be encouraged in everything you do in the classroom. Ken tells us that “education is meant to take you into a future that you can’t grasp.” What he means by this is that no matter how much we learn we will never catch up to all the new advancements  that are being made. He states that children in this generation are frightened of being wrong and we are the cause of that. It is in that way that schools have killed creativity. We agree that children are scared of being wrong. We are scared of being wrong with the work we do for classes. Since we have taken EDM310 we feel that creativity is very important because it opens your mind up to different things that are being used in the classrooms. As Ken Robinson’s stated, “If you are not prepared to be wrong, you will never come up with anything original.” We believe that education and school are getting too caught up in the basics of teaching. Of course math, reading, writing, history are important but what about the skills children can show and use outside of a regular classroom settings. As educators, we can incorporate creativity into our lesson plans and promote students to use their creative minds! We could use smart boards, blogs, building projects, etc. Creativity involves breaking out of an established pattern in order to look at things in a different way. In our classroom we want our students to be creative and express themselves through art.

Sunday, November 3, 2013

Blog Post 11

    I have become a fan of blogging from taking EDM 310. As a hopeful high school science teacher, i will not have my students for long each day. However, blogging is an effective way for students to share ideas and to see what science classrooms around the world are up to. How can we ever hope to learn more than by learning from the entire world? I believe it would be very useful in my classroom to have my students relay their reflections from my lesson plans through open and honest blogging. In this way, I hope I can grow as an educator and constantly grow as a person. I also like her idea of a website that parents can view to see their child’s work. While a blog may not be the best way for the parents to see their understanding of a biology curriculum; a website in which grades are posted as well as class projects, news, etc would be a great way to allow parents to be interactive in their child’s education. I would like to tie that into a class blog that would link to me and allow me to have parents read other childrens' work and hopefully become believers in this learning tool. Some students may not have access to internet at home. This could pose a problem. I feel if a student could show that this is the case for them I could arrange for them to get time in the library. Another possible solution is by doing fundraising to allow for the purchase of tablets students could use in my classroom. I really hope the day will come when all children have easy access to safe internet. It is a great resource that can be used in many ways to challenge their understanding and connect them to resources I was not able to enjoy as a student.

Project 12A Smart Board Demonstration Video

Smart Board Demonstration Video

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Project 10: An Interview with a Teacher

On November 3, 2013 I sat down with Michael Ford to discuss Joanne Lipman's "Tough Teachers get Results". Michael is a teacher at Theodore High School with nine years of experience in the Mobile Public School System. He has a BS in Physical Education as well as a Masters Degree in Health Sciences. I found what he had to say very interesting and I hope you will too.

Sunday, October 27, 2013

Blog Post 10

What can we learn from Randy Pausch’s last lecture?
Randy Pausch was a professor at Carnegie Mellon College. He was diagnosed with terminal cancer of the liver in 2007. Instead of feeling sorry for himself and giving up, he decided to use the time he had left to inspire people. His lecture became known as the “Last Lecture” and has served to help people see that every moment in this life is a gift. His inspirational message created a legacy that allowed him to continue to be a teacher even in death. As an educator, he believed strongly in PBL and actually helped to create a master’s program called ETC specializing in electronic technology. He inspired his students by giving them a hands on program that included no true curriculum but rather, a group of collaborative projects they worked on as a team to learn the competencies of the program. His students were able to learn from some of the most famous special effect developers in the world such as Lucas Arts: Industrial Lights and Magic and the Disney Imagineers. These opportunities provided his students with learning that no book could ever hope to encompass. His program became so well thought of that global companies actually wrote letters saying they would hire his students. His program’s success has inspired universities in Australia, New Zealand, Korea, and China to adapt this learning technique. In effect, his teaching method has become a model for the world.  In my opinion, the legacy and lesson his life teaches is that if you truly believe in what you are doing; you can change the world. Inspiration never dies; your teaching method can be used to inspire your students and with each generation, more lives are changed. As future educators, our mission should always be to create a new generation of innovative learners that are committed to leaving their mark on the world. Being a teacher is a great responsibility but the reward for a dedicated teacher is to know that you have truly made a difference in peoples lives. That is a blessing that no amount of money can equal.

Lesson Plan 2: The Heart

Lesson Plan 2: The Heart
Project Summary:

In this lesson, I will ask my 10th Grade Anatomy and Physiology class to create a detailed drawing of the heart. They will do this project at home to prepare them for the heart exam. Students will be given one week to complete this drawing. They must label all structures that page 215 in the text details and provide a summary sheet explaining the function of each structure. The students will begin this project on monday and work throughout the week in order to gain vital knowledge of the structures and function of the heart. Each student will present their drawing to the class on friday. As a class, voting will then take place to select the best three projects. The winner’s will have their work posted in the hallway class bulletin board for the entire school to enjoy. My hope is that students will gain a great deal of knowledge from this project and be able to have fun creating their drawings. In this way, a subject matter that is tedious to learn can become an enjoyable experience and enable my students to retain the information.

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