Wednesday, February 22, 2012

Inside the Classroom

    An educational issue that has risen is the thought that 1st grade classrooms aren't "warm and friendly" enough.  According to, research that was published in the Elementary School Journal, out of 820 1st grade classrooms only 23 percent of them could say they have "high quality" in social and instructional climate. Only 31 percent were deemed high in emotional climate but the academic quality is low.  28 percent of classrooms are mediocre and the last 17 percent are low in both of the sections.  Robert C. Pianta says that finding 23 percent of classrooms that are high quality is actually a good thing. To get this information "raters" had to go to each of the 820 classrooms and getting the data.  Teachers that got the lower score were ones that didn't pay much attention to his or her students.  If the classroom got a high score it was because that teacher was interactive with their students.  This information is according to the website:
    This affects the students in the classroom if they are in a classroom that is low in quality.  They  might not be getting the right information or enough information.  It really benefits the students that are in the high quality classroom because then parents know that their kids are getting the best quality of eduation that they possibly can.  This could really be a problem if students aren't getting the right attention if they don't understand the subject, the teacher could be moving on to fast without helping every student out.  I think that even though Robert Pianta said that 23 percent of the classrooms is a good thing that it really isn't that great.  In every classroom students should feel they have every quality of the education they deserve.
     Someday in my first grade classroom, I plan on being with my students throughout the whole school year.  I will help them and motivate them to learn.  If a students needs extra help on something they don't understand I will make sure that they aren't being rushed and get to the understanding point to move on.  I will try to find ways for the kids to want to learn the new topics every day.  I hope that in my classroom someday that I will be able to have all the qualities of a high classroom.

Thursday, February 16, 2012

A Confused "Twitter-er"

Twitter.  I never have actually thought I would be getting a twitter at any point in life.  But since I have had it, I still don't see that hype about it. I am very confused every time I go on it, but I guess Facebook was the same way the first time I had made an account. I don't really see how I would use it as a teacher.  I think that if parents need to contact me they can use my e-mail or a parent-teacher conference would be just fine.  I think that if twitter is used in schools that that gives students more of a reason to not pay attention more than they already don't. As a student, I'm not sure if I think it's really important either.  I get that you are able to follow people that share the same interests as you, but is the regular internet really going down that much, that no one will use Google and look for the website and just get the information that way.  I guess I might have a different opinion if I was into Twitter like a lot of teens my age.  It might grow on me, so then I will see how I stand on the matter.

My First Lesson Plan

       The assignment was to create a lesson plan for the grade you would teach.  So I chose math for first graders.  When I started out I had no idea what I was doing.  I asked about a million and one questions.  I really just couldn't wrap my head around it.
      By the end of the workshop that we had in class, I didn't get very far at all. I had some slides done that were just plain and it wasn't very flashy that would attract the attention of the first graders.   Then Mr. Smith put the idea in my head to do a cartoon, "Spongebob Squarepants" theme.  So I did.  I re-started and made up stories and brought up pictures.  It took a lot of time to do.  But I realized that it was easier than I made it out to be.
      I was really nervous about presenting the projects to everyone.  But when we were put into our small groups with people that were in the age groups that we want to teach was a lot easier.  Everyone had good presentations so I wasn't as nervous anymore.

Sunday, February 5, 2012

Chapter 1

The first chapter of the book "Personal Learning Networks" was about how technology is taking over.  It talks about how people should be educated in all these new technologies.  So teachers need to know more about this so that the students can also learn how to use it.
A part that really stuck out to to me was the six shifts that support the connection network.  These are listed in the book but they are:
1.Analog to Digital- which is like a  kindle, a paper book turning into electronic tablet that can hold many many books that are ready to be read.
2. Tethered to Mobile- this is that we will be able to absolutely everything from our phones, instead of doing work from our desks which is the example from the text.
3.Isolated to Connected- we are able to connect to people that are all the way around the world for example, on Facebook anyone can "friend" anyone from anywhere around that world and be able to talk to them from chatting or a new video chat, that is also for Skype a video chat with someone that you would like to see and talk to at the same time.
4. Generic to Personal- with this we are about to look on the internet and find anything or mostly anything that we are looking for and be able to read about it or even watch it on YouTube.  So it can be a personal connection that you might need to know fast.
5. Consumption to Creation- in the book this talks about how we aren't really just consuming all this technology we are creating it.
6. Closed Systems to Open Systems- this is letting authors freely put their information on the web and thing such as Firefox are becoming easier for us to use the web.
This part of the chapter really stood out to me because I was able to relate to this easily.  I understood it, and was able to comprehend it.  I really took my time reading this because it really is cool to read about how we really are making this transition from one thing to another.  This also makes it seem like a positive thing when some people think all this new technology is creating bad things and such.  People like that should read this and maybe it will change their minds.