Monday, September 18, 2017

Learning Theorists and Child Development

Topics for today:
1. Educators Rising info
2. Recapping Piaget and Vygotsky
3. Child development: At this point, you've probably realized that teachers can't just teach content. It's not all about learning how to read because there is so much more going on with students in a classroom. Teachers need to focus on the development of the WHOLE child, and you will too. Please access this document to help guide your focus for this upcoming week. Please make sure your chart is completed for next week.

Thursday, September 7, 2017

Learning Theorists and Child Development

This week, let's focus on:

  • recapping Love and Logic.
  • talking about what great teachers do.
  • reviewing Tier 3 words we've explored so far.
  • thinking about scaffolding (from Sara's commentary last week--Seeing the Invisible) and other terms from educational psychology that can guide our thinking. You need to access this note taking guide to organize your thoughts as you watch the videos below. You need to cover Vygostsky and Piaget today. Please, please feel free to use sources other than the videos. 
  • learning a little more about child development. At this point, you've probably realized that teachers can't just teach content. It's not all about learning how to read because there is so much more going on with students in a classroom. Teachers need to focus on the development of the WHOLE child, and you will too. Please access this document to help guide your focus for this upcoming week. Please make sure your chart is completed for next week.


Wednesday, September 6, 2017

Love and Logic and Your Read Aloud Lesson

LOVE AND LOGIC--complete during your blend time

As I've been observing over the past couple of weeks, I've noticed that many of you are actively engaged in teaching or working with small groups and individual students. You may have noticed that not every student does exactly what he or she is supposed to do. As an intern, what can you do? You really aren't allowed to "discipline" students, so how can you help them manage their behavior? One thing you can quickly do is start using Love and Logic principles.

Here is an article about Love and Logic and some more specific pointers for teaching with Love and Logic. Read the article first and take notes of the points and ideas that stand out to you. Create this exit ticket graphic organizer on your own paper and fill it out after you have read. We will discuss as a class. Take a picture of your notes and exit ticket to upload on your blog, and hand me the paper copy. I'll assess you on your ability to pull out the most important parts of a text.

Your first formal lesson will involve reading a text to your students. Please follow the guidelines and directions on this form. Make sure you complete the Planning Sheet.

I will observe each read aloud. You need to schedule your lesson some time in September, October, or November. As soon as you have an idea that you have discussed with your teacher, email me at least two days and times that will work for your teacher. I will add you to the calendar (on the right sidebar). Please check the calendar as you are discussing possible dates with your teacher--it fills up pretty quickly.

If you don't have any read aloud ideas, don't worry...yet. Now that you know the expectations, you can start thinking more strategically about what you want to do in your classroom. You can ask your teacher for suggestions, and sometimes mentor teachers provide a book or story that they want their EIP students to read. Just remember that you need to tie it to a standard, and you need to do some sort of quick assessment. Check out this list of formative assessment ideas.

When you have questions, please ask.

Tuesday, August 29, 2017

Reflections, Lectures, and Seeing the Invisible

For Wednesday, August 30th:

1.  Apart versus a part...

Apart is an adverb indicating that something is separated from something else (in distance or time).
           The principal's classroom visits were two weeks apart. 
Apart can also be used as a preposition when you pair it with "from."
           Apart from dropping the ball, I thought I did a great job during the game. 
Finally, apart can be part of a verbal phrase, as in pull apart, come apart, etc.

A part is an article (a, an, the) and a noun meaning a segment or piece of something. The part is a fraction of the whole.
          You are a part of your classroom. 
You should be able to drop the "a" before "part" to see if you are using the right form.
         You are part of your classroom.
EXCEPT when you include an adjective.
        You are a big part of your classroom. 
You can't say that you are big part of your classroom. 

Check your S'mores and make changes.

2. Which Kid Are You? Please reflect on your first week of placements and share observation notes.

3. Last week, Sarah said, "The people doing the talking are the people doing the learning." That really resonated with me and made me wonder if lectures are a poor classroom practice. This article can help use explore this issue as we practice a quick reading and sharing strategy. 

4. Let's also watch the third expert teacher video as we focus on Seeing the Invisible.

5. Some of you are ahead of the game and planning to read with your students. We will talk about your read aloud lesson next week and the following week, but if you want to tackle this activity early, please complete the planning sheet. ALL READ ALOUD LESSONS MUST BE SCHEDULED WITH ME. I observe every single one of them and give you some focused feedback on your teaching abilities.

6. And finally, what will you do during your blend time today? You'll start your first analysis. It is due on September 20th. 

Thursday, August 17, 2017

Observation activity

Over the next few days, we'll be observing a teacher and class in action. First, we'll focus on the language used in the classroom in this article. Tomorrow, we'll focus on what you see in a different lesson in this article. As we watch each video, please use the guide I provide to record your observations.

Wednesday, August 17, 2016

Creating Your Blog

You will use your blog to record and turn in your EIP work. You should link all of your Google docs in a blog post, and you'll do a monthly post about your EIP experience. Emma created a model blog two years ago. She went above and beyond, but please look at her monthly posts. We do these instead of a daily log because they will give me a more in-depth idea of what you've been doing in your classroom. Please note that you cannot put pictures of children on your blog until you know their parents have allowed the school district to take pictures of them, and you should never put a picture of a child on your social media accounts.

Your blog needs to follow a few set-up rules. Watch this video as you set up your blog.

Go to to get started. Quickly set up a profile (with your school email) if you haven't already, and then create a new blog. You may title your blog with an appropriate title. Your address needs to follow this format:

You need to make a post before you really start playing around with your blog design. Take a picture of your first pre-assessment and insert it into a blog post. Title the post "Pre-assessment 1: What do great teachers do?" If you can't figure out how to insert a picture, google it. Then make sure you label your post in this way: Unit 1, Qualities of an effective teacher

I will need your blog address recorded in an easy format. Copy and paste your blog address on the spreadsheet.

Once you have your blog created, figure out how to embed this video in your second blog post. Make sure you switch to HTML instead of compose.

Friday, August 12, 2016


1. Bread and butter introductions

2. Your goal for this year? Be a lobster!

What did we learn?

3. Read and annotate this article on Growth Mindset.

Refer to this resource for some ideas about how to use growth mindset language.
This resource tells you what to say instead of "You are so smart."
Examine this article to see what teachers tell themselves when they have a fixed mindset.
And this page tells you everything you want to know about mindset.

4. Are you wondering what to expect from EIP. Please read Emma's blog post. In fact, you might want to look over her entire blog because it exemplifies my expectations for your blogs.

5. As you get ready to visit your EIP placement, there are a few steps you need to complete. View the "Welcome to EIP" presentation to get started.

Dear ______,
Good afternoon (or morning)! I am a student in the Educational Internship Program at Liberty North High School, and I have been assigned to work with you this year. I am excited to be part of your classroom. I am especially looking forward to ________________.
My first day in your classroom will be Thursday, August 24th. Our schedule on Tuesdays is slightly modified. I will see you from ____ to ____, but on normal days, I will sign in at ___________ and leave your classroom at ______________. On Wednesdays, I will be at LNHS. Would you like me to visit your classroom before August 24th? I can stop by on ________________ at 3:50.
I do have a few questions before I visit Warren Hills, LC, etc. Is there a specific place I should park? Do you prefer that I dress up, or will shorts and jeans be appropriate for your classroom? What will students generally be doing during my placement time? And finally, what is your room number?
I am looking forward to a great year!
Thank you,