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?
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.
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.
As a pre-service teacher I am SO excited even thinking of the prospect of setting up a future classroom. That being said, there is so much that goes in to creating a functioning classroom setting for a future room of students. I thought I would share some of my current ideas here as I come across them. Any advice or suggestions from current teachers would be highly appreciated!
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.
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.
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.
ABCya! is a website that includes educational games for grades K-5. These games are separated first by grade level, then by subject category. The categories are: letters, numbers, holiday, strategy, and skills. This is a free resource with many different game types and interests for students to choose from. Games can range from different types of bingo to typing racing games. It is an arcade style website with many options to choose from to keep your students or children entertained. Although there are ads on each page (students must be taught not to click on them), the website is free to use.
Not only does Organized Classroom have cost effective and clever ideas for setting up a classroom for success, but it also gives fun ideas such as creating gifts for volunteers and co-workers as well as classroom management tips. As a pre-service teacher I am constantly searching for anything that is going to bring me ease in my upcoming first year as an elementary teacher.
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!