Sunday, March 23, 2014

Blog Assignment #9

What can we learn from Mrs. Caassidy?

Mrs. Cassidy teaches an elementary class. Her students love to write their blogs. One reason is they can write to people around the world. One thing they learn is to be very cautious of what you write on the internet. Another thing is being careful not to hurrt anybody's feelings in your writings. In Mrs. Cassidy's approach to using technology in the classroom is taking the time out to learning the students and technology and getting them to learn it as well. She gets the students to understand that other people can read their work and comment on them and not just her. That can warm them up to the idea because it can make them feel more excited to know more people are seeing the things they write I would try all of these because not every approach works for everybody.

Saturday, March 15, 2014

Blog Post #7

What Can We Learn About Teaching and Learning From Randy Pausch?

Randy talks about a brick wall. Brick walls can represent something standing in the way of your dreams. If you really want to achieve your dreams you wouldn't let anything stop you. Because if you let something keep you from achieving your dreams than you really didn't want it since you gave up too easily.

Randy had a few dreams that he went after until he no longer could pursue them. One was being in zero gravity. Randy had the chance to live that dream. Another dream was playing in the NFL. Of course he didn't make it into the NFL but it got him to where he is today. He learned the fundamentals and hard work. He also learned when you don't get what you want that it allows you to gain experience.

We can learn that perseverance can pay off when you really want to accomplish your childhood dreams. You can learn something new every time you push yourself to try new things.
For my C4T Assignment I was assigned to comment on Tony Baldasaro's blog post. Tony is an educator. The first post I commented on was called 9 Words. In his post 9 Words, Tony is talking about the moment you realize you are doing what you are supposed to be doing along with the people you are doing it with.

C4T Assignment

For my C4T Assignment I was assigned to comment on Tony Baldasaro's blog post. Tony is an educator. The first post I commented on was called 9 Words. In his post 9 Words, Tony is talking about the moment you realize you are doing what you are supposed to be doing along with the people you are doing it with.

He tells a story of how his moment of realization was on a Monday. Tony have meetings with his colleagues every Mondays. During their meetings they have discussions involving numerous of topics including their different philosophies. In this particular meeting the CEO said 9 words, "if we are really going to change the world..." These 9 words helped Tony and his coworkers to remember educators mission in their career, changing the lives of students all around the world.

Monday, February 24, 2014

Blog Post #6

PLNs: What are they? PLNs is short for Personal Learning Networks, which is a set of people and tools that you can call upon for help, consultation, collaboration, or other assistance. I didn't know I already have a PLN in the making. My PLN consists of Twitter and Facebook so far. Both of these social networks allows you to connect with people all over the world. You are able to use hash-tags. Hash-tags is a symbol that marks keywords and topics. I can use both Twitter and Facebook to reach out for help from other educators or supporters.

Sunday, February 23, 2014

Saturday, February 15, 2014

Blog Post # 5

1. In the video Project Based Learning Part 1: Experiences of a Third Grade Teacher Anthony Capps is speaking about what project based learning is to him. He mentions how project based learning is not really trying to see if the students are learning what they are suppose to be learning. However, it's more about learning the content of what teachers are trying to teach in their classrooms. Teachers can combine different methods of applying project based learning within their classrooms. Students can tap into their creativity side and really get into the lesson at hand. He also stated a crucial part is going back and revising their work.
2. In the video Project Based Learning Part 2: Experiences of a Third Grade Teacher Anthony Capps talks about how excited his third graders be when they do their work. Teachers should never limit the students because they will get more out of it than we think. When students are not limited they can really express themselves and shine through their best work effort. Parents and other people involve likes project based learning because it shows real results of students actually learning and wanting to learn more.
3. In the video iCurio Anthony Capps defines iCurio as an online tool that can allow students to effectively search the web in a filtered way. It can help not just students but everybody learn how to become and remain organized on the computer which can help move things more smoothly. Students can really enjoy it because it can help them keep all their projects organized, keep them on tracked, and help them to navigate back to what they were doing before they somehow gotten interrupted by something. There is also a directory on iCurio that students of all grade levels can use and access themselves to where they need to go on the website. It is even helpful for students with disabilities as well.
4. In the video Discovery Education Anthony Capps talks about how discovery education can help students with their research. Discovery Education can be a way of having a personal expert on a particular subject in the classroom through video. The research can take students to a whole new level on what they are looking up information on for a project. Students can get the audio and visual of the subject. After watching these videos I learned that project based learning can be very fun and it's not all about doing the projects itself but it's more about learning the content within the projects. The more you let the students do and not limit them the more they can actually learn and grow. Plus students actually wants to do the work and more.

Sunday, February 9, 2014

Blog Post 4

Asking Questions: What questions do we ask? How do we ask? According to Ben Johnson in his writing The Right Way to Ask Questions in the Classroom one of the questions teachers should ask is, "Does everybody understand?" We ask them this to check if everybody understands what is being taught. Even though we don't know if they really understand or not because they might not know if they do or don't understand themselves, teachers still ask this question frequently. Some questions can make some students not to care to provide an answer, so they won't. Teachers must be careful on how we word our questions or the type of questions we ask for more effective results.

Sunday, February 2, 2014

Blog Post 3

What is peer editing? In this video three steps are being discussed. There is one important rule in peer editing, which is remembering to stay positive. Staying positive is important because nobody wants a negative Nancy telling them how to improve their work. Plus you want to avoid offending somebody. Staying positive brings us to the first step which is compliments. You want to say something nice about your peer work that you like or find interesting. Then you make suggestions as the second step. You can tell the writer specifically ways that can make their writing better. Instead of just telling somebody their work needs improvements, making suggestions can be very helpful. The last step is the corrections. Needless to say adding the corrections to their spelling, punctuation, sentences, and grammar is the point of editing somebody else's work.

The slideshow Peer Edit with Perfection Tutorial provided some great examples of different suggestions you can make to helping improve your peer's work without being offensive in any way. One of the examples is if their work didn't make sense you can say, "If you add more details after this sentence, it would be more clear." Another way is using different words that can make their work sound even better, such as using the word "exceptional" over the word "good". In the video Writing Peer Review Top Ten Mistakes discusses different types of critiques you should avoid critiquing as you peer edit. One of them is Picky Patty. When you pick at every little thing in a kind of rude way. Another one is Whatever William where the writer doesn't seem to really care what you have to say about their work. Of course there are many more but I found this video to be very useful and delightful. All three of these videos helps shed some light of what I should or shouldn't do when trying to help out my fellow peer on their work.

Thursday, January 30, 2014

Blog Post 2

As years pass by life in general changes. Teaching in the 21st century teachers are expected to know how to use all sorts of technology like smart boards and tablets. Technology is pretty much all over the classrooms because teachers have to use smart boards when presenting certain things to their students, computers for keeping up with grades, etc. Some of the changes are the teachers as a whole and the different gadgets that are continuously being introduce in the classrooms. Sometimes when technology improves it can either have a positive or negative effect in the classrooms. A positive thing is technology provides numerous useful learning tools that can be a big help to teachers. On the other hand the negative part with technology is how it can easily be a distraction to some or even all the students. Thanks to the distraction it can cause some students to fall behind just as it can also help some students to catch or keep up or be ahead of the game.

Saturday, January 18, 2014

Blog Post 1

I haven't heard anything about this class beforehand. My only fear is making sure I beat all the deadlines. Compared to other classes I have taken EDM 310 might be easier because it's mostly projects and blogging. On the other hand the blogs might take some getting used to on making sure I am doing them correctly and checking my grammar. One way I can be mindful of my grammar usage is by after proofreading my blog entry taking a break from my blog and reading it again.

Wednesday, January 15, 2014

Practice Post

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This is a new paragraph. I have lived in Pensacola, Florida my whole life. My major interests are reading and poetry. I've always wanted to attend USA ever since my junior year when the band instructor came to my high school and talked about USA's band program. Ironically, I am no longer in band. I have three older brothers and one older sister. Yes, it's true being the baby of the family is lots of fun. My family is very religious. When in need my family will try our best to help anybody to the best of our abilities.

For as long as I can remember I have always wanted to become a teacher. I always wanted a career where I can help others and be with kids. I help my sister raise one of our nieces since she was three months old and she's now three years old. I have many learning moments with her and when she learns something new her face just lights up. I enjoy seeing that look on her face because it makes me feel as if I am making a difference in her life already by teaching her the things I can or reinforcing what somebody else may have taught her as well. I also like flowers especially things with flower print. href="http://">

Monday, January 13, 2014