Tuesday, December 11, 2018

C is for Creative

During this holiday season, I thought it would be fun to use the word Christmas and apply it to education.

Today’s letter is C and C stands for creative.

I love to make creative lessons about different topics. There are many lessons that can be found online about almost any topic. Some of these lesson plans are free and some are for a small fee. Yet, I know that any lesson plan that I use, I’m going to have to adapt it to my own students. All students are uniquely different, so it is impossible to write a lesson plan that will fit every single classroom. Sometimes I even take a couple of plans and mash them together to fit the needs of my students. This calls for creativity.

I like to make sure that all of my lessons include activities that fit the learning styles of all of my students. Some are visual learners, some are auditory learners, and some are tactile-kinesthetic learners.

After reading sample lesson plans, I know what will and won’t work for my students. If I want to keep the objective, I have to be creative in thinking of activities that will work for some of my students. Some of my students may have a texture sensitivity so I don’t want to require them to do something that they would have to touch.

I like to be creative and come up with a sort of menu for my students with a list of different activities. They can choose from the menu and I may require them to do a certain amount of activities off of the menu.

Some of the activities can be vague enough so that the students are challenged to be creative. This is a lot of fun and it is interesting to see what the students end up creating. Some of their creations are better than anything that I could come up with.

What would C stand for in your class? Please share.

Photo by Evelyn on Unsplash

Monday, December 10, 2018

Interstate Toll Road 185 – Greenville, SC

Taxpayers should not have to pay for the toll road! I was opposed when it was being constructed and some of my friends lost valuable property against their wishes for this road to be built. I don’t even use this road and I don’t plan on using it.

When it was being built, my husband and I thought that sometime in the future, they were going to try to stick the cost of this road onto the taxpayers and the future has arrived. I had hoped that we were wrong back then, but I guess we weren’t.

Now they want to do away with the tolls and make the taxpayers pay for this road! This will cause an increase in our taxes which are already too high. Elderly people are already strapped on fixed incomes and will be burdened by yet another tax increase!

I am asking that anyone who has the power to vote on this, to please vote NO! Please stop raising our taxes!!

Friday, December 7, 2018

Useful Information In and Out of the Classroom 12/7/18

Here 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 visiting!

Note: Each resource is labeled with a level and subject area to make it easier to use.

Levels:  E: Elementary; M: Middle; H: High; G: General, all levels; SN: Special Needs; T: Teachers

Subject Areas: LA: Language Arts, English, Reading, Writing; M: 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

Yo Teach! – great way to have a backchannel for a class. Students can ask questions without interrupting the speaker. The shyest students who are afraid to ask a question publicly will be able to ask their questions without worrying about any negative feedback. (L:G; SA:T)

Netsafe – teaching about internet safety (L:G; SA:A)

Vocabulary – “Ditch the flash cards and stop memorizing definitions. Vocabulary.com teaches you words by systematically exposing you to a wide array of question types and activities that will help you understand all the meanings and nuances of every word you’re learning.
Even after you’ve achieved mastery, we’ll continue to reinforce what you have learned to make sure that it all stays fresh in your memory.” (L:G; SA:A)

Become a Mystery Skype Master – “Mystery Skype Master Course Objectives -
This course is designed to fully develop your understanding of how educators can use this simple yes/no game to develop skills in students by:
·      Understanding how the 'regular' version of the Mystery Skype game works
·      Learn how you can find other educators to connect with for Mystery Skype
·      Learn how you can assign roles to students to ensure all are engaged
·      Learn how you can play this game in conjunction with Skype in the Classroom Bingo
·      Learn about the other variations of the game that teachers have developed
·      Learn how to use Skype translator to connect with classes speaking another language
·      Learn about all the resources available to support student learning around this activity
·      Learn about points and badges you earn as you virtually journey around the world
·      Learn about awarding certificates based on student achievements” (L:G; SA:A)

Draw and Tell – iPad app; “storytelling for kids” (L:E; SA:LA)

Original photo by Pat Hensley