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I recently watched an episode of Code Black the other day
and it involved having faith. The character in the show Emmanuel says, “
You're human. And humans want answers. The answers you
need don't come with photographic evidence. They require that you believe in
something you can't see. After all, that's why we call it faith, isn't it?
Otherwise we'd call it proof.”
That really struck a chord in
me because I feel the same way with learning.
I believe that everyone can
I believe that everyone
learns in their own way.
I believe that we never
should give up.
Sometimes we may have to
change our goals but that is okay and doesn’t diminish our effort.
Sometimes we feel so
frustrated and the urge to give up is very strong. It is at this time that we
need to be even stronger and believe that we can make a change in our own
I can’t show proof of this to
my students but when I begin teaching them, I’m asking them to have faith in me
and my beliefs. By asking them to have faith, I’m asking that they put in time
and effort into something that I can’t prove.
This faith in learning is hard
for my students. Over time, many people have let them down and they might have
even let themselves down. This leap of faith involves trust which not something
my students give easily.
But I need to keep trying to
get my students to believe. They need to believe in their teachers and in the
system. They need to believe in themselves. This belief will help them be
successful in their lives.
How do you get your students
to have faith in learning? Please share.
Last week I started teaching a class called Nature of
Learning Disabilities. It is a combined class meaning it is an undergraduate
class (EDU222) and a graduate class (EDEX622). This class meets one night a week for 16 weeks
and consists of 9 students. Undergraduates have to do a field experience/case study and the graduates
have to do the case study. Everyone has to do 2 article abstracts. The
graduates will be doing a term project on a learning strategy and present it to
the class. Plus they will have a midterm and a final exam.
The biggest challenge for me is that I want to make this
meaningful for all of my students. I don’t want the undergraduates to be
intimidated by the graduate students who are all teachers. I don’t want the
graduate students to think that I’m watering this down because they are in the
class with undergraduate students. I want a good balance of informational material
but I want the activities to meet their ability levels.
In order to do this I put my students in groups of threes.
One group is the graduate students and when they do their activities, they will
be able to apply their experience and knowledge to their work. Another group is
the seniors who may have a some experience with
children. The other group consists of the juniors who have a little less
experience than everyone else.
I plan on spending every class period going over the
informational things (from the textbook and personal stories). They will also
do some group activities covering the main topic for the class.
The last part of class is going to be simulations. I want
them to apply what they have learned in class and what they have read in their
textbook to a class simulation. Each group will be given a roster of 3
children. I will give them some information about previous class struggles and
some testing information I have on each child. Each week they will apply the
activity to their group of students. This will include preassessments, behavior
plans, instructional activities, post assessments, and writing an IEP. I hope
by doing this application of knowledge, they will find what they learn in my
class to be meaningful.
I also hope that the graduate students learn some things
that they can use in their own classrooms. Maybe the undergraduates will learn strategies that will help them in their own learning.
I hope you can tell that I’m excited about this class! I
just hope the students feel the same way and at the end of the class, we all
can feel that we accomplished something.
a picture and you need to imagine it as a graphic for a book. You choose the
genre and book title, and then write a blurb that might appear on the back of
blurb should be 150 words or less (not including the title).
genre is wide-open.
blogger should include their blurb on their own blog, and link back to this
fun with it. Go to the other posts and comment on the other blurbs.
do fancy techy things with the photo.
in if you dare...! It sounds like fun! I think this would be a lot of fun to do
with students especially since they would be expected to write 150 words or
The Craft Witch
Samantha loved owning this craft store. Whenever she came up
with new ideas, she just bought the materials and was able to buy them at
wholesale prices. New ideas brought in new customers. But no one knew that she
had powers like Samantha on the Bewitched TV show. That wasn’t make believe!
That show was all about her. All she had to do was twitch her nose, and new
things popped up. No one knew that she didn’t make all these craft projects by
hand! She only hoped that no one would ask her to demonstrate how she made
something. But one day, she got a note through her mail slot. All it said was, “I
know all about you!” Who was this from? How much did they know? What was she
going to do? Read on to find out about Samantha’s dilemma and how she solves
the problem. (149 words)
are some interesting sites that I’ve found this week, thanks to my PLN. As a
teacher, I feel we have to keep up to date concerning research in our field and
current issues in the education system. I hope some of these inspire you,
inform you, and even have you asking questions. Thank you for coming by and
Each resource is labeled with a level and subject area to make it easier to
Levels: E: Elementary; M: Middle;H: High; G:
General, all levels; SN: Special Needs; T: Teachers
Subject Areas: LA: Language Arts, English, Reading,
Math; S: Science; Health; SS: Social Studies, Current Events; FA: Fine Arts; Music, Art, Drama; FL: Foreign Language; PE: Physical Ed; C: Career; A: All
Analyze My Writing – “Analyze My
Writingis an online text content and readability analyzer.
Copy and paste a text into the homepage and gain a wealth of information about
your text including word and character counts, word and sentence lengths, the
readability of your text, and other analyses. There is no registration and
analysis of your text is completely free. You may analyze as many texts as you
like, and the texts you analyze can be as long as your browser and system can
handle.” (L:T; SA:A)
App – “The app highlights long, complex sentences and common
errors; if you see a yellow sentence, shorten or split it. If you see a red
highlight, your sentence is so dense and complicated that your readers will get
lost trying to follow its meandering, splitting logic — try editing this
sentence to remove the red. You can utilize a shorter word in place of a purple one. Mouse over it
for hints. Adverbs are helpfully shown in blue. Get rid of them and pick verbs
with force instead. Phrases in green have been marked to show passive voice. You
can format your text with the toolbar. Paste
in something you're working on and edit away. Or, click the Write button to
compose something new.” (L:G; SA:A)
CSPAN Class Deliberations
Classroom Deliberations provides teachers and students with a carefully
selected set of video clips and newspaper articles that concisely present the
leading positions related to current issues before Congress.” (L:H; SA:SS)
“What is your profile saying about you? Who do you want the
world to see?”
I think it
is important for my students to look at their friends on social media and
describe them. Maybe put them in categories such as positive, negative,
complains a lot, inappropriate, funny etc. This will let them see what kinds of
groups they are hanging around with.
It seems like so many people I know are
connecting through social media and I learn so much about them from this. I don’t
know whether all that I’m learning is true or not but I can make logical
assumptions from the information I’ve seen.
I have one friend who is very depressed and
shares when she is depressed with everyone. She seems to need everyone
encouraging her to help her make it through the day.
I have several friends who love to travel and
I look forward to seeing their travel pictures that they share. Of course, I
love to travel too so either the pictures bring back happy memories or I see
places that I want to see.
I have friends who love to hike and they
share many of their hiking and nature pictures on social media. These are
always fun to look at.
I have many friends who love their families
and like to share a lot of family activities that they do together. This tells
me that family is important to them.
There are some friends who love to share
jokes or amusing stories. I look forward to these posts because they make me
smile. When people are very positive and uplifting, I’m glad to have them as my
friends on social media.
I have some friends who just like to
complain. They complain about things that happen in their daily life or events
that are happening in the world. They seem to love to complain. These people
are not close friends to me and if they get too negative, I usually disconnect
from our friendship. I don’t like to voluntarily bring negativity into my life.
After noticing this about my friends, I took
a look at myself. I try to be positive every morning and others notice this
because they have commented about it when I see them that they look forward to
this. Apparently they like it because it has made a positive impact on them. I
try not to talk negative about anyone or anything because I was brought up
that “if I have nothing nice to say, then say nothing at all.”
Now if I do have a problem with a company or
complaint, I don’t have a problem sharing it in hopes that the company will see
it and resolve the problem. I also don’t make a habit of this so if I do post
something like this, my friends know that I’m pretty upset.
I like to share educational posts that I
write or find because many of the people I connect with are educators. Some
non-educators appreciate the links to these posts also. Some people see me as a
resource for information.
I like to share some funny posts that I get
because I think everyone likes to smile. I won’t share anything that is rude,
obscene or uses profanity but usually generally funny.
I try to remember that I don’t really know
who my audience is. Yes, I have friends who are connected but I don’t know who
they might show my posts to so I don’t write anything that would make me feel
embarrassed if my parents or my employers saw them. This usually is a good rule
of thumb to follow and students should start with this rule too.
Now that many colleges and employers are
looking at social media, it is important to put our best face forward. This
should start as soon as a person begins to interact on social media.
How do you think your profile reflects
yourself? How do you teach your students to look at this and put their best