Monday, October 16, 2017

Why America May Be Hurting Its Students

Today, we're going to contrast American education with more successful systems by creating a reading shopping cart.

First, read this article on the dangers of the Common Core Standards. Create a quick note-taking guide to explain some of the pitfalls of American education. This is information that you are going to want to "leave on the shelves."

Next, read this article on the Finnish educational system. Again, create a quick note-taking guide to show the highlights of Finland's schools. This is information you want to put in your shopping cart.

Now that you've gotten the basics out of the way, read this article to add more to your understanding of Finland's schools.

Monday, October 2, 2017

One more article on praise. After reading this article, complete the next section on your learning theorists chart. You should have Maslow, Vygotsky, Piaget, and Gardner completed. You should also have your chart linked in a blogpost so that you can easily access it.

From last week:
As we think about grades and praise and our article analysis, it might be a good time to talk about standards-based grading. What do you know or think about standards-based grading? What do you want to know? It might also be a good ideas to read this article on the problems with grades.


And for today: As we prepare for our next article analysis, we also need to keep this in mind as we incorporate internal citations.

Not this:

In the article Teacher Praise: An Efficient Tool to Motivate Students, it states that elementary school students quickly accept public praise opposed to middle school or high school students.


Instead:


The article "Teacher Praise: An Efficient Tool to Motivate Students" states that elementary school students quickly accept public praise opposed to middle school or high school students.


Not this:


According to the article “Encouraging and praising children” it states that praising and rewarding children for their achievements is often used to increase children’s motivation.


Instead:



According to the article “Encouraging and Praising Children,” praising and rewarding children for their achievements is often used to increase children’s motivation.

In addition to ensuring that your transitions to articles and quotes are seamless, you also need to make sure you pull in additional resources to back up your thinking about the topic. Referring to the assigned articles alone will not take you to the advanced level on your next analysis.


So what is the focus of our next analysis? Well, it involves the teacher, the learner, and a critique of our educational practices.




Wednesday, September 27, 2017

Child Development, Classroom Management, and Another Theorist

We'll reflect on our child development observations today and discuss some additional classroom management strategies.

We'll also explore another theorist, Howard Gardner.




1. Complete this inventory:

2. After taking the Multiple Intelligences test, respond to the following questions on your blog. Title your blog post "Howard Gardner and Multiple Intelligences."

  • Do you think the results were accurate? Why or why not?
  • How do you think your strengths will help you in your future career choice?
  • Explain how you will build on your strengths when working with students at your placement. Does knowing your strengths help you work with students at your placement?
3. Read this article:
Multiple Intelligences Article

4. Complete the Classroom Study over the course of the week. 

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.



READ ALOUD LESSON
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.