I am just testing out that a Blendspace Lesson will work on our district Chromebooks while signed in as a student!
We have completed the first week with students of the 2013-2014 school year. I am not in the classroom as a teacher this year, so I think I need to change the focus of my blog. This year I am one of two Instructional Coaches at a K-8 public school in south Phoenix.
Tasks Completed this week:
- Visited every classroom and used the In – and – Out coaching technique.
- Created user accounts for every teacher and student on Kid’s College.
- Met with the leadership team about PLC Norms.
- Checked with teachers daily that were having trouble with the attendance system.
- Hooked up many laptops to projectors and Interactive Whiteboards.
The In – and – Out coaching technique was great for me to see. Myself and the other Instructional Coach observed teachers in their classrooms for around 10 minutes. Then we met and exchanged notes on what we saw in the classroom. Then we came up with an idea that we thought may help the teacher. One of us then conferenced with the teacher for a few minutes while the other I.C. taught the class. We focused on student engagement this week and our teachers were very receptive to the strategies that we thought may be helpful. It was a very positive experience and we were able to see great teaching going on in our classrooms!
I started reading “The Homework Myth” this week, so I will end this post with a quote from the book.
Whenever homework crowds out social experience, outdoor recreation, and creative activities, and whenever it usurps time that should be devoted to sleep, it is not meeting the basic needs of children and adolescents. (p. 16)
Here is the AIMS Practice Math test in .pdf format. AIMS-Math-Practice
Here is the video for our lip dub. Practice and find some friends to work through the video with!
I am having trouble uploading to YouTube, so we will watch the Saxon Lesson 62 video in class tomorrow!
I will continue to try to get it uploaded, but don’t worry about watching it before class tomorrow.
UPDATE: It finally uploaded. If you are able to watch this, great! If you aren’t, I understand!
Direct Link: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fm8sctYcD1g
Due Oct 5th: Topic
Due Oct 16th – Learning Object & References Sheet
During fall break, students will have the opportunity to learn about something that is of interest to them. Students can choose anything that is appropriate for school and will turn in their topic before the break and a learning object and reference sheet after the break. The learning object should show some of the content that they have learned during this project. The reference sheet should list where the information for the project was found.
Example Learning Objects: Radio Show Audio recording, student created video, essay, learning journal, Glogster.com poster, Prezi.com Presentation, Power Point Presentation, Google Earth Virtual Field Trip, Poster, etc. These are just example ideas. Students can create any learning object that shows their learning over fall break.
To see some examples of book reports made using some of these resources, please check the Student Showcase tab.
For the last couple of weeks we have been working on Literature Studies in our classroom.
Students are in 6 different groups and reading 5 different books: War of the Worlds, The Phantom Tollbooth, Maniac Magee, The Westing Game, and To Kill a Mockingbird.
If you’d like to see our learning each week, please visit the wiki that students are working on as we enjoy these books: http://vistalitstudy.wikispaces.com