My name is Haley. I am a student at McMurry University. I am going to school to become a teacher. I am hoping to finish my education in about one year. I have taken many classes but one of the classes that I will use a lot in my classroom will be the technology in education. This is a class that has taught me a lot. I will continue to use this to make my life easier while teaching and to help my students to learn to use technology in school and out. Technology can help in so many ways from writing book reports, to finding research, and to learn more about a topic that you might have not understood in a class. As a teacher I want to show my students that! In the following are things that helped me as a student and things that I learned that will help me to become a great teacher.

     The first thing that I learned about was how to make a calendar.  Jenkins_calander , by learning to make this calendar I will be able to show my students the calander and help them learn to understand how to read a calander. I want to teach Kindergarten and using this calendar and many more will help students get an idea of a month or date. Making this calendar was fairly easy. I used publisher to help me to achieve my goals.

     The second thing that I found interesting was making the flyer.  Jenkins_flyer, by making the flyer I will be able to make a flyer to show my students of an event that will be coming with the next week. For example Parent night. I will make a flyer to post on the wall for students to see when and were parent night will be. Making the flyer was a little difficult for me because I am not very creative but I took it step by step and come with a fairly good flyer by using Word.

     The third thing that I enjoyed learning more about was making the gradebook.  Jenkins_gradebook , by using Excel I learned how to put a formual into Excel. It also helped me to see that I can use a gradebook on Excel instead of by hand on paper. This will save me time and give me more time with the students to help them learn more.

     The fourth thing that I will use for my classroom is the slideshow.  Jenkins_slideshow , by learning how to properly put together a slideshow will allow me to use slideshows in my classroom. I will be able to put together a slideshow to help my students learn more by using pictures to help them grasp the understanding and also putting information that they will benefit from. I used PowerPoint to help me achieve my goal. It was a little difficult for me at the beginning because you can do so much to a slideshow but by following the instructions in the Microsoft book I was able to learn so much.

     The fifth thing I found interesting was the certificate.  Jenkins_certificate , by learing how to make a certificate, I will be able to use this in my classroom for many awards. I will be able to make a certificate rewarding someone on their grades, attendence, and many more things. I learned how to make a certificate through Word. I followed the instructions in the Microsoft book and learned quickly of how to make a certificate. This will be very beneficial for me as a teacher and for students.

     I have learned many things in this class but these are the top 5 that I believe that I will use for the rest of my life. I used the Microsoft book to help me achieve all of these assignments. I also learned these 5 items around the same time frame. In doing that I was able to move from one assignment to another fairly easy! These are great items that will be used in my classroom!

My Lesson Plan over Presidents

     I will be doing my lesson over Presidents for my 5th grade students. I want the students to understand how our country was shaped along with learning the Presidents and how they each made a difference. By doing this I will read books over Presidents, put slide shows together talking about our government, and I will also finish by talking about how very different the country was when it was first being shaped to the present time. I will help the students understand how very different it was back in the day but it was also the same. Meaning that our country is shaped by the people of the United States. After going over these things I will split my students up into groups and give them presidents to do research over. When they finish finding all of the information they need to know, they will then put together a slide show.

     The first resource that I will use is http://www.ipl.org/div/potus/gwashington.html . This site it great for the students and the teacher. It allows the students to see when each President served and how long. It also tells the students lots of great background information. This resource will provides information to the students about each President.

     The second resource that I will be using is http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/amex/presidents/ . This website shows different videos of the Presidents so that the student will be able to really visualize what was going on during that time frame. This is great for those students who need visuals! This resource will be used for my students for providing information and starting my lesson, by showing a clip!

     The last resource that I will use to help me and my students learn the Presidents is http://www.whitehouse.gov/about/presidents/ . This website is the official White House page. It gives you insight about each president along with describing the different government buildings. I would use this for my students and me. This website talks about each President and the different things they were involved in.  It also allows the student to see what’s going on at the very moment, blogs, and photos. This website is great because it will have enrichment for the students to build on. 

     By using these resources and putting together a slide show over our Presidents the students will be able to use technology while doing basic research. This will allow the students to form their own opinions while learning of each President and what they did!

PowerPoint Lesson

     This PowerPoint lesson is using math for 2nd graders. It is a great lesson for addition and regrouping. The lesson plan is made by Mario Duarte in the Pasadena AISD.

     The PowerPoint is awesome! It helps the kids really understand regrouping with addition. The PowerPoint show’s an addition problem and then it continues to show you how to regroup. This is great for the classroom because it allows the child to learn in a different way. They are able to see it even at home if they needed extra help. Growing up I never had a teacher use PowerPoint in a way like this. Most PowerPoint’s are made up of lots of words and pictures but this PowerPoint gives the problems and then allows the student to work it out at home, at their desks, and even up on a board. Students in the second grade need PowerPoint’s like this to allow them to really understand the lesson. Students at that age have a hard time learning with PowerPoint if it’s made up of words only. The PowerPoint is colorful, fun, and easy to understand.

     The child is able to learn addition along with regrouping. The students are also able to understand exactly what they are supposed to be doing with the math problem. They are also able to think on their own about what comes next or what can I do different to get the answer. These are important concepts that second graders need to understand and they are able to achieve that by using this PowerPoint.

     I would put this up on a big screen in my classroom and have the students use their own scratch paper to work step by step with the PowerPoint to get the answer. This is so great because I can teach and play the slideshow while walking around the room to make sure the students are understanding the steps it takes to get the answer. This is a great PowerPoint lesson for second graders!

     The like below is the PowerPoint. It will take you to a website and it will be the first PowerPoint called Two Digit Addition with Regrouping.


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Lesson Plan over Spreadsheet

       The lesson I found using a spreadsheet was from a man named Ted French. He is a high school computer teacher and strongly believes in using Excel. He is a Microsoft Certified Profession and a Microsoft Certified Systems Engineer. He believes that every including young students and adults should be using Excel. He believes that its a good tool for everyone to use in many cases.

     The lesson is called “On what day was I born?”. It’s a lesson using Excel. In the lesson he is teaching a second grade class on using Excel and figuring out the exact day each student is born. I would use this in the classroom because most students do not know what day they were born on. They only know the date. This helps students getting started on using Excel by taking baby steps. It helps the students understand the importance of using spreadsheets and that we can use it to find things like this out. They also are using technology instead of just reading about it and learning on their own. This is great for them to use by themselves and with the help of others. This helps them to think of important dates and also numbers.

     I would use this in my classroom as a math lesson or even a social studies lesson. I would help the kids see that dates are important. I would also help them realize that we can use spreadsheet to figure answers like this out. It helps the child think on their own.

 The link to the lesson:   http://spreadsheets.about.com/od/spreadsheetlessonplans/qt/090727-on-what-day-was–i-born.htm

Update on the Bloggers I’ve been following

       A few weeks ago I started to follow a lady named Diane who writes her blogs under, For the Love of Teaching. She has inspired me to continue to read her blog posts and follow her. Here recently she has written a blog over Give Respect, Get Respect. I thought it was excellent! She goes on to say, “Kids tend to do what we do, rather than what we say.” I love this because this is very true. I work with 4 year old kids and they seem to always do what I do, so if I want respect I must show them respect by modeling the things that I want from them. This works so much better then me having to say over and over what I need them to do.  This helps me out and the studetns. After reading this blog I’m left with the question how else could we get respect if we did not show respect to the students as well? Below is the link to Diane post. http://www.fortheloveofteaching.net/2010/09/give-respect-get-respect.html

      The second blogger I chose to follow is Tom DeRosa. I followed him because he shows passion for his job. Here on his recent posts he wrote it over, Cultivate Young Musicians, NYT Parenting Classes & More. He gives us links to incorporate music in school, using technology in school, and a link for parents who might want to take a class on how to help their child get accepted into college. The links are great for students, parents, and teachers wanting to get more in involved with school. I agree with the entire link’s he provided because they are very appropriate for teachers, students, and parents. These are things that everyone can benefit from after reading the links. I thought it was very interesting that he posted a link for parents to help understand the process of being accepted into a college. Most teachers do not go over this with parents. I feel like in high school we were kind of just left to figure it out on our own. This is very important for students and parents because this is such a confussing time in their lives and this takes some of that stress away all because a teacher cared enough to post a few links on the things we need to know about getting accepted into college. This teacher cares about his students and everytime I read his posts he makes that clear by doing things like the example I used up top. Below is a link to his newest post, Cultivate Young Musicians, NYT Parenting Classes & More. http://www.teachforever.com/search/label/five%20for%20friday

Encouraging Safe Blogging with Students

Parents and teachers want their kids/students to be safe when blogging. Students need to take into mind that this is put on the internet which is put out for the whole world to see. Blogs, comments, and posts need to be appropriate for a classroom setting. Students need to have rules, privacy, and a learning experience for the students to really enjoy the classroom assignment. By having these things in place the student is safe along with learning so much more that what they would in a classroom. It allows the student to “broaden their horizons”. It allows them to explore and learn about things that they are interested in. If we want our students to have a great experience with blogging we must encourage safety at all times and the importance of it. We don’t want to scare the students but we must encourage being safe when putting things on the internet.

 The first thing we can do to encourage safety is to send home with the students a checklist for the parents to go over with the student to insure that the parent and the student knows how to be safe when blogging. For example not posting your full name, address, or even phone numbers on the internet. If the parents know then the parents can then talk with their child about the importance of it.

 Second I would go over rules for our class and come up with guidelines for the students to follow and  sign. Saying they understand. Below is a link that shows an example of guidelines for a classroom. http://discovery0607.wikispaces.com/Discovery+Blogging+Rules

 Third I might go over examples of times where students weren’t being safe and the outcome of that. I would not give them a horrific story or something that would completely scare them from blogging. Just something that might have them really think about being safe when blogging.

Following this is a link that teachers could use for their school to help encourage safe blogging. It was put together by Jericho Middle school and is a great source for teachers to use. http://www.jerichoschools.org/ms/library/ParentNews_IntSafety_May2006.pdf

These are just a few of the things that I would do as a teacher to encourage safe blogging for my students. Students need to be safe and the only way they can learn to is by the teachers and their parents so we must find ways to encourage our students to be safe when blogging, because we have to remember it is cyberspace and

Good Rules for Student Bloggers

If student’s want to do well when blogging there has to be rules for them to follow. In everything we do, we have rules! If we want to be successful, we have to follow some kind of rules. Here are a few rules that I found for students to follow when blogging.

1.) Privacy/Security- Students along with their parents and the teacher want the students to be safe when blogging. Students and teachers need to stay away from putting their full names, addresses, and phone numbers in a blog. Blog’s usually have plenty of room for comments and the teachers want their students input but students have to remember to be safe and to keep their identity private. Here is a link that will help you understand the safety of blogging. http://21centuryedtech.wordpress.com/2010/05/08/kidblog-kids-blogging-teacher-supervision-and-its-free/

2.) Blog Publisher- Most people these days can go anywhere and post a blog but here is a list of good places that are mainly for teachers and their students. These different publishers’s allow the teacher to monitor, set to privacy if needed, and even allow parents to go in and view the blog. I recommend one of the publisher’s when using the blog. Below is a link to the publisher’s and the link also has 50 useful tools when blogging. http://www.teachingtips.com/blog/2008/07/21/50-useful-blogging-tools-for-teachers/

3.) Spelling and lingo- when writing a blog we have to remember that just about anyone can see what is being said. In saying that we must type properly. Meaning no IM talk for example typing u, lol, ttyl, and such words. We have to use proper English. We want our blogs to look like something we would write for a teacher to read. Teachers and students can use Spellery, http://www.spellery.com/. It is a place where you can type in your URL and it will tell you if there are any spelling mistakes in your blog. I think this is great because it allows the student to use to make sure that everything is correct and in proper form.

4.) Plagiarizing – This is taking credit for someone else’s work.  Students must be aware that this happens quite a bit when blogging.  We have to give credit to those people who did the work. It’s okay to talk about someone else’s work but we have to remember that we must include the credit to those people. This is a serious matter and can end badly for the blogger who didn’t give credit for someone else’s work.

5.) No Bulling – Students and teachers must respect everyone’s opinion. Students must not post thing’s about other people that could harm them, embarrass them, or even emotionally hurt them. This goes on daily and we have to remember that we are using the blogs for a classroom matter. The teacher will find out and will take action.

These are just a few of the rules for student bloggers but they must be followed. Students need to remember that these rules are in place because we are using a certain blog for a classroom matter. If the students do not use these rules when blogging there will be serious actions taken to remove the blog or post along with the teacher giving the student a low grade for the assignment.

Blogs from School Teacher’s

  Finding the 2 people to follow on their blogs was not easy for me. I had a hard time finding exactly what I wanted. I found things like teacher bloggers who went to jail for different thing’s. I also found a blog where a teacher was writing about “her problem child in the class” and how she enjoyed her birthday so much more because “he didn’t show up for school that day”. I believe thing’s like this are not appropriate. In a sense I felt like she was making fun of the student for the world to see.

    I did find 2 people to follow on their blogs and I believe these  blogs will be of great interest to me. The first blog I read was written by a lady named Diane. Her blog was great! In her blog she goes on to talk about a lesson plan that she did with her class. A lesson plan using lot’s of shaving cream. She has them put shaving cream on the desks, then she has the student’s use their finger to spell out different words. After talking about the lesson she then reflected on the day. Diane seemed ready to find new ways of learning and doing all that she can to help the student’s have fun while learning. She also made it very clear that she loved teaching and this to me is what I want to see in blogs from teachers. I want to see that passion from them in their blogs. Diane did a great job of this and this is why I will continue to follow her blogs that she posts weekly! Finding her was pretty hard but I went through Google then onto a website called Shambles.com. Her title is what pulled me in. Diane’s title is, For the Love of Teaching. http://www.fortheloveofteaching.net/ 

     The last but not least person I found to follow on their blogs was Tom DeRosa. He is a man who has taught in Texas for years. His blog that I first read was called I Want to Teach Forever.  http://www.teachforever.com/  . It is very clear to me that he loves to teach and also learn. He talks about thing’s he learned by watching and observing at a school called Sheedy. I loved the fact that he talks about student’s needing to learn on their own. This is very true to me and he also talked about using technology in school, which is great! This guy had great stories to blog about and I definitly want to continue to follow him on his blogs.

     Finding this blog was not near as hard as finding the first blog. The first one was so hard for me because I didn’t know what exactly I wanted but after reading Diane’s blog I knew. I did the same thing for find Tom’s blog. I used Google and typed in the search box ” blogs from teachers”. It then brought me to Shambles.com which I then found these 2 great blogs. These are great blogs to read and I will continue to follow these 2 people who love to teach and also learn!

Poverty in Education

     I am starting the world of teaching school soon and after doing all kinds of different research, one topic has stayed with me. Kids who live in poverty.  I had a teacher who lectured over this and I to this day I still think about all the thing’s we talked about.

    Kids who live in poverty face many challenges. They face not being ready for Kindergarten because of not having the resources needed like books, pencils, or even just time to set down with their parents to learn the alphabet. Kid’s who live in poverty do not have much time with their parents because their parents are working from job to job to pay the bills. After reading this book, The Framework for Understanding Poverty by Ruby Payne. It really opened my eyes. As a teacher I have to be ready to help these kid’s and figure out different technicues for them because we all know not all techniques work for everyone. I will have to go above and behond to try and catch the child up with the rest of the class. We can not just let this slide. This is huge and we have to find way’s to relate to these kid’s who live in poverty. In the book it talk’s about trying to understand the lifestyle of people who live in poverty and trying to find way’s to reach out to these kid’s and help them. I’m not saying ALL kid’s living in poverty have this problem but most do.

    I was not raised living in poverty but  probably about middle class so as a teacher I would need to do research on how to relate to everyone and also give all my student’s the attention they need. This book is a great and will help open your eyes to what’s really going on in our student’s mind’s and when I become a teacher, I will have to be ready for thing’s like this and many more problems. I reccomend this book to all teacher’s because this book can be used as a key to understanding the different types of kid’s you will face.

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