Saturday, September 20, 2014

30 Day Blogging Challenge: Day 20

Pin It Day 20 - How do you curate student work–or help them do it themselves?
Because we are a Google Apps for Education district, most of our curation is done in Google Drive.  Students create folders for their classes (and now Google Classroom does it for them!) and put all of their work into those folders to share with teachers and peers.  This also works as a great digital portfolio.  Some secondary teachers have even started using Google Sites as an online curation tool/digital portfolio.  The idea is that each year the students could add a new page to the site for their growing content library.

Friday, September 19, 2014

30 Day Blogging Challenge: Day 19

Pin It Day 19 - Name three powerful ways students can reflect on their learning, then discuss closely the one you use most often.
  1. conferencing
  2. blogging
  3. re-teaching
I think there is great power in letting students re-teach material they have just learned.  I see this all the time with teachers.  They learn a tool, they use the tool and then they teach their partner how to use the tool.  It feels good!  And there's no better way to identify gaps in learning than to try and teach someone else what you just learned!  I think creating video tutorials would be a great way for students to reflect on their learning.  Students could learn a concept and then use the webcam on their chromebook to re-teach that concept.  All videos could be housed in a YouTube channel or Google Drive folder for the rest of the class to access.  And it's perfectly ok to have multiple videos on the same content!  Different strokes for different folks!  :)

Thursday, September 18, 2014

30 Day Blogging Challenge: Day 18

Pin It Day 18 - Create a metaphor/simile/analogy that describes your teaching philosophy. For example, a “teacher is a ________…”
A teacher is a portal to possibilities and opportunities in the real world.

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

30 Day Blogging Challenge: Day 17

Pin It Day 17 - What do you think is the most challenging issue in education today?
Balance.  I think trying to find a balance between curriculum and instruction and assessment is the biggest challenge in education today.  Where does technology fit in?  What about engagement and inquiry?  Teachers struggle daily with covering all of their curriculum in order to prepare students for assessments.  I think we are seeing more and more teachers branch out and do what they know in their hearts is best for kids.  However, it's a big leap of faith.  I am always impressed when I see teachers embracing the 4C's (critical thinking, collaboration, creativity and communication) to create a classroom culture that is positive, standards-based, effective and FUN!  If you know of someone who is doing this well, I would love to hear about it in the comments below!

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

30 Day Blogging Challenge: Day 16

Pin It Day 16 - If you could have one superpower to use in the classroom, what would it be and how would it help?
I think my desired superpower would be the ability to ease the fears of educators who are reluctant to use technology.  I wish I could exude some sort of relaxation pheromone.  :)  Nine times out of ten, if an educator will just trust me and relax, they will see that the tool or the concept or the device really isn't so scary after all!

30 Day Blogging Challenge: Day 15

Pin It Day 15 - Name three strengths you have as an educator.
  1. Patience - I am way more patient with my teachers that I am with my own family!
  2. Resilience - no matter how hard the task, I'm not going to give up!
  3. Positive attitude - call me Positive general I am pretty optimistic.  :)

Sunday, September 14, 2014

30 Day Blogging Challenge: Day 14

Pin It Day 14 - What is feedback for learning, and how well do you give it to students?
Because my "students" are actually teachers, my feedback for learning comes in the form of positive affirmations based on the things I see the teachers doing well.  I often leave teachers little notes, email them about something positive I saw and copy their administrator or give them public shout outs in front of their peers to try and reinforce the strong teaching strategies.  I think I am fairly consistent in this method and do it well.
Check out this article from te@chthought for some great ideas on how to provide feedback for learning: 20 Ways To Provide Effective Feedback For Learning.