Monday, July 28, 2014

Part 2 Blog post 5 PLN

From the beginning of class to now my PLN has grown a bit. After watching countless minutes of youtube video and reading hours of blogs and leaving comments, my circle of networking and communication with other future and present teachers has developed more. Your PLN should included things or people that share the same ideas as you and can benefit towards your growth in being a forever learner. My network includes things like the EDM310 classroom blog, Flipped Coaching, and other things that I have ran across this semester in EDM310.

Sunday, July 13, 2014

Blog Post #13 What did I leave out?

What Can I Learn From First Time Teachers?

In this Blog you will locate two sources that can be used for gaining knowledge on first time teachers experince or resources that can be used in teaching. You can use a website link or video that express the ideas or feelings of being a new teacher. Your blog should explain the source and mention what you learned from it.
Teachers are Learners too

In this Video Interview, Mrs. Brittney Clay talks about what to expect during her first year teaching and what she has done to prepare for the first day of school. Mrs. Clay mentioned how her first impression of teaching was “what have I got myself into”. She then mentions that she was really excited but nervous. She then talks about how she was blessed to have the teacher before her who left a lot of school supplies and things she could use in her classroom. One thing she herself had to do was go out and purchase things to help her classroom look educational and student friendly. The first thing she said was important to her was getting to know her student and the parents. One thing she did that I thought was beneficial for her was try to hold an event with an open house setting where students and parents could come in and see the class room and meet her before the first day of school. What I learned from Mrs. Clay was that time and time management is very important. She teaches on the elementary level and she said she has to always look at the clock and remember when the students are suppose to be at lunch, recess, etc. Her final statement was one I thought was very important. Mrs. Clay states that her long-term goal for her first year was to help her students learn to be learners. She wants by the end of the year to have made a difference in her student lives and have helped them advance to the next grade and continue to learn.
Reading Counts is a great source for first time teachers. After exploring the site I found many ways it could be great for a new teacher as well as a teacher who are looking for new ideas. The site has detailed lesson plans from grades Pre-K-12. It has tabs for; resources and tools, strategies and ideas, student activities as well as books and authors. Inside each tab you have a range of options to choose from. From Math, History, to English, every subject had lessons and things that could be done at all levels of learning. One thing I found very interesting was the reading under the stars challenge. This is a challenge in which teachers could log in their class and track each students reading progress of how many minutes they are reading. When I was on the site the last total minutes read by the world was at 180,587,159. One thing I learned from this site is that there are many ways to teach a lesson and there are resources out there to help first time teachers. As a future educator this site will be very useful and I think it is a great tool for any teacher.

Sunday, July 6, 2014


The flipped coach

what is flipped coaching

In this post I was introduced to flipped coaching. During my time in EDM310 I was introduced to flipping the classroom so I was used to the idea. Flipped Coaching is similar; the idea is that the coach is to use video to enhance the students learning before they actually enter the field or classroom setting. The core of the concept is to maximize all class time to practice skills or activities. As a future PE coach I always faced the problem of how to use technology in the classroom or on the field. The Flipped Coach is a site where knowledge of using tools and technology is given to future and present educator in the Physical education field and Coaching. 

flipping your coaching review session

In this post I learned how to flip a coaching review session. Coaches can use a great amount of time going over film and making corrections to the techniques and problems that occurred in previous games or practice. The idea is uploaded at a review session in which players can hold team meetings are watch independently online. The coach will use video of the practice and use a voice over to make suggestions for corrections. Flipped Coach is a great site for up and coming coaches and brings in great ideas.


kids using the iPad

Ipad fluency in kindergarten

In this post Sylvia explain how kindergarten students are beginning to use iPads with a more educational approach. She is teaching the students that there is more to the iPad then just apps. Using math, writings, and video to enhance the students learning while still allowing them to enjoy the use of the iPad. Sylvia ideas is that iPads are more than what they have become and that games are not the only source of fun. Kids are into technology and if it is used correctly learning can become entertaining again.

We don't need more leaders

In Sylvia's post titled "We don't need anymore leaders" she discusses the importance of there being more "first time followers" in society. The video showed a young man dancing in a crowd by himself representing the leader. A young man courageously joins him therefore becoming the first time follower. The leader proudly and publicly embraces him making the dance about them both rather then him alone.

This happens in society a lot, in the workplace, classrooms, etc. So many people want to be the leader and not the follower simply because the don't want to be the odd one out or they want to soak up all the  glory. However, being a follower, more importantly a first time follower is important. Being courageous enough to make that step can be more valuable then being the leader. I do believe that it is an under-appreciated form of leadership. Without the followers, a leader wouldn't be much of a leader at all. Who would they lead?

Project 10 Interview

Blog Post #11

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

Brain Crosby-Back to the future 

 As a future teacher I think these videos were very beneficial. From them we can learn how teaching is transforming, evolving, and how students are reacting to that change. Students are going into a generation of learning that involves Project based learning which is based off of communication and connecting with others. From Brian Crosby we can learn that projects can become an important way to get students attention and allow them to share their finding through blog post. From his project we learn that students can become teachers themselves when helping other students complete the activity they posted on their blog. From the balloon project the students saw how powerful communicating and connecting could be. 

21st Century Learning

Making thinking visible By: Mark Church 

Project Based Learning By: Dean Shareski 

From Mark Church we learn to make thinking visible. This means take what students are thinking and collaborating on and give it an audience. From Dean Shareski we learn a new style of teaching. We learned how three teachers came together with teaching fields of English, history and computer technology. I thought it was so creative for them to put together their ideas and still cover the states curriculum.

Roosevelt Elementary's PBL program 

 Last be not least, the last and most interesting thing we can learn came from Roosevelt Elementary’s PBL program. In this video we learn that kids are working with PBL and are having fun while doing so. We also got the parents perspective on how they felt about PBL. The parents were all proud of the work their kids were learning and happy that their learning experience was being shared around the world. One of the things I thought was interesting was the fact that the parents mentioned project based learning is helping their kids with public speaking. I never looked at PBL as a tool to help students get over the fear of speaking in front of an audience. Overall we can take a lot away from these teachers. We learn the basics of Project based learning, how it is used, how students feel about it and also how parents like it. We learn that technology is changing education and that this change will lead to new styles of teaching. Most of all we learn that Project based learning is the future and we must be prepared to teach using it. 

Wednesday, July 2, 2014

Blog Post #10

Ms. Cassidy's Class

 Ms. Cassidy is a kindergarten teacher in Canada and she teaches technology in her classroom. Her students are using blogs and have their own personal computer in the classroom. In her class her students talk about how they like it when people leave them comments on their blog and how its not nice to leave bad comments. Ms. Cassidy has her own webpage for the students to access where they can click on links that would take them to class material. She has a very interesting concept that technology is here and it is here to stay. She believes that as teacher if you are not trying to learn how to use technology in the classroom you will begin to handicap yourself as well as the students.

 Ms. Cassidy's best advice for me was that in a classroom you should use whatever tool or technology is best for you and the students. Say for example, if the students are into writing you can use the blog post approach to learning. If the students learn more from video you can use the YouTube approach. I learn that there is not a specific way to teach to reach your students. What is important is that you try different teaching methods and continue to use the one that the students positively and academically respond to.

 If I were to choose a way of using technology in my PE class it would be using daily YouTube videos. I believe once students see a certain skill or activity done it can motivate them to at least give it a try. The more they see it and then record themselves doing it the more they can point out what’s wrong with their skill. Something I may encounter with this approach is how would I be able to video all the students individually. By using this approach it will be very time consuming but I think it can be a great way to teach students in a physical education classroom. For example if we are working on free throws I can pull up a clip of someone explaining the skill. Later we will try that skill and everyone will be recorded. The next day we can evaluate who had good free throw technique and who needs more practice. I love the idea of using video and I think it would be great for a PE setting.