This is what my room looked like this morning when I went in to set up. Typical I forgot to take a picture before I left. I’ll updated this post tomorrow with a end of the day shot.
I’ve been frustrated because I can’t see our new curriculum, that I trained on. Well I can see the new 4th grade curriculum, but now I”m a 2nd grade teacher. So when I was checking that my Presentation Station computer was hooked up properly, I logged into the attendance program. I’m listed as a second grade teacher there. So I’m hoping that means tomorrow morning I can get into the 2nd grade curriculum. The curriculum is linked to our grade books and the grade book program is updated by the attendance program each night.
According to the attendance program I have 18 kids on my roster, 12 girls and 6 boys. Now I know that will change before school starts in 2 weeks. That is the nature of our school. Right now I have the class set up with 6 groups of 3 each. I have 5 ipads and 2 Itouches. So I’m going to set up 6 tech /supply bags. Each group will either get 1 Ipad or 2 Itouches. When my order from Interact2010 comes in I’ll have 1 ipad per group and one left over.
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I just attended three days of training. The workshop was developed in house, with teachers from the district sharing thier knowledge. The book Teaching for Tomorrow provided the framework. There were many terrific things about this workshop.
- We received the book before we left for the summer at the end of school. That way I was able to read it at my own pace.
- It was during thee summer and our follow ups will be during district development days. I hate missing days to attend training. I have 180 days with my kids, I want to spend that time teaching. Saturday workshops tend to make for a cranky two weeks, because of a lack of recharge time. After school that goes past 4 pm result in a lack of sleep due to driving time and need to eat.
- I left each day with multiple ideas that I can use in my classroom. I will be blogging on Rhodes in coming days.
- This was targeted to our teachers and our students. We had people from the main office running the workshop, and people still spoke their minds.
- We are no longer required to follow the script format of our math program. It will still provide the framework and order of topics, but individual teachers will be able to customize and personalize according to our student needs. We will also be able to use project based instruction now that we are free of the script.
Looking forward to the next school year.
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It seems that at least a couple times a month, I see a post or lesson someone has done and realize I had completely forgotten about a great idea for enhancing a lesson. It happened twice this week.
Mr. Zerber and Cool Cat Teacher both did excellent posts on using QR codes. I would love to use them. I need something that can read them. I think the big laptops have web cams. Also the Ipads I’m getting as part of my Interact2010 might be Ipad 2’s.
The other post I saw was from I love Ed Tech about Wallwisher. I like the idea of Wallwisher, but I’ve had problems using it in the past. I got locked out of my account and couldn’t get any help. Eventually I was able to create another account. I can think of several ways to use this with reading strategies.
I was going to make a list of all the different ideas I’ve seen. Then I remembered that Tom Barrett already did this on his Interesting Ways page. So I’m adding this page to my Lesson Planing Sessions in FireFox. That way I remember to check these great crowd sourced lists of ideas.
Today I want to get several things done
I think I’m the only one enjoying the Balanced Literacy class. Several to the techniques are helping do what I’ve always wanted to do in my ELA classes.
This group lesson plan thing isn’t going very well. I’ve given up on getting science in a timely fashion. But since I’m using TAKScopes, I can handle that. Not getting writing or lesson plans is more difficult.
I’m looking forward to using ideas from this lesson http://techhappy.wordpress.com/2010/10/27/the-child-driven-education-in-practice/ in my class next week.
I logged into my gradebook, to get a preview of my classes this year. We don’t start till 8/23 so things can change but for now
All passed TAKS
10 Earned Commended Performance
14 Passed TAKS
3 Commended Performances
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I know drills, fire, tornado, and lock down are important. I’m glad the community is looking into the best way to protect the students during a disaster. The district, fire, EMTs, and police are doing drills with the school. It is just couldn’t we have done this last semester spread out over time? Couldn’t we do it after April? Do we have to have multiple drills and swimming in the weeks before the state TAKS?
Why does my school get stuck with having 4th grade swimming the 2 weeks before the writing TAKS every single year? It isn’t the same as having specials because with transport it takes 1 hour 15 to 1 hour 20 minutes instead of 45 minutes.