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A Reflection of IT442

Looking back on this past quarter, my views on how technology can be used in a classroom have certainly changed! For one, standardized testing is completely electronic nowadays. If we are not testing our students regularly using technology, is the standardized testing going to test for subject knowledge or just how to use technology? While I saw how technology could be used to play learning games (such as http://www.ABCYA.com), I never thought about how it could be truly integrated to assist learning. There is a whole world of knowledge at the fingertips of our students. Why not let them use this when they will have the resource for the rest of their lives?
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Assessment in Technology Overview

When it comes to assessment, technology can be a strong tool to keep learning hand in hand with student progress. Not only does technology allow for immediate feedback to the teacher as well as the students using it, but it can adjust to fit the needs of the student at that time.

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Pedagogy Review – Classroom “Playlists”

I came across this article on the Cult of Pedagogy that goes into detail on using playlists as classroom differentiation. At first I was confused. Playlists? Like music? But then as I began reading the article I found it was referencing something completely different.

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Physical Environment & Bulletin Boards

Environment is everything when it comes to setting up at the beginning of the year. How you set up your classroom can create an inviting environment that lets your students know a little about you before you even begin. You don’t want to give the wrong idea about what the school year will look like or what to expect.

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Classroom Procedures, Record Keeping, and Family Interactions

The second post in this series will include some of my future plans for classroom procedures, record keeping, and family interactions. There is entirely so much to think about, even a year away from having my own classroom, that it’s nice to get some of my thoughts written down for future reference.

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When it’s Okay to Quit – A Marathon Story

Sometimes in life things just don’t turn out the way you expect. You work hard but still don’t get the results you need to be able to continue right now. That doesn’t mean you can’t continue in the future, but might need to reconsider your time goals. Just because an adjustment needs to be made doesn’t mean you failed, it means your listening to your own needs and letting your health and happiness take priority.

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Food Pyramid Lesson Plan

Teacher:   _Julie Heffernan__ Subject/Lesson Title: __Food Pyramid___   Grade:   __1/2__

 Curriculum Context/Rationale: The students have not yet had exposure to any nutrition related lessons so far this year. This will be the first of several lessons taught on nutritional needs. This is a Standards-driven, teacher-created lesson. Students might have had exposure in the past through adult influences outside of school or physical education classes. This lesson is important as it is a foundation for future lessons on the topic and will help students learn about healthy eating habits.

 EALRs/GLEs/PEs/Common Core Standards:

Match foods to food groups. H1.N1.1a

 Short Term Learning Targets/Objective(s) for This Lesson: Given a labeled food pyramid, students will draw or write the name of at least one item per food group with 80% accuracy.

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Reach for the Stars: Triathlon or BUST!

Growing up, most little boys and girls are told that they can achieve anything they put their minds to. Want to be an astronaut? No problem! A doctor? Go for it? A teacher? You’ll be fantastic! But what happens when you grow up and it is finally possible to make those dreams a reality? The tune of the story changes.

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Leavenworth Magic!

If anyone knows me they know I love being outdoors and in the magic of nature. While summer brings long hikes and camping, winter brings the magic of snow when the whole world turns white and sparkles. One of my very favorite traditions with my boyfriend has been to visit Leavenworth at the beginning of December each year to see the Christmas Lighting Festival. It is so very magical and beautiful and takes my breath away each and every time.

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Running into Problems

When it comes to running, I definitely have a love-hate relationship.  It takes a lot to get me going and even when I’m out there I usually am hating life for the first mile or so. That being said, I spent a lot of time training for my first marathon in the spring and summer of 2016.  Did I run the marathon? No. Did I try my best? Of course I did!

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