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Tuesday, June 22, 2010

What a fun Guy?

ani-bot So, one of my goals for this summer is to organize my lessons and create a Google site for my students to use to enhance their studies. Another goal is to set up a Google site for the teachers in my district of web sites they might find useful in the classroom with their students and to for them to use to grow as educators, and my final goal is to get together with other teachers and be a mentor for them.  I am going to meet with a teacher next week and I am very excited.  We are going to look at how she can use her smart board and cps system in the 3rd grade.  If anybody else would like a personal mentor for a day, please let me know.  I am free and willing.

I have also decided that my students are going to focus on reading comprehension in science and interpreting data next year.  So I am beginning today to set up lessons and activities that will focus on this.  One day a week is going to be spent on these activities.  As well as math in science.  I think that I already do this but I am going to make it a focus this year.  Hopefully, this will help them on the 8th grade state test.  We will see.  I make myself these promises and then I get side tracked by all the other fun things that I want to do, like model building, labs, group work, and projects using the web.  I want to blog, glog, and google site it as well.

Tuesday, June 15, 2010

No edtech for me

At the end of the year, this is how I feel after many discussions with the other educators that I work with.  I know that they have little time for a life, I know that new tools are hard to explore and figure out how to use and incorporate, and I know that they are essentially dedicated teachers.  But when I hear them say that they can’t teach math at a certain level, or that they need their new textbooks to teach with or the students will be lost, or that they never use their computer at home for school work, then I am mystified about how they can ever really become great educators that students can follow and identify with.  I am inspired by Ms. Francisco on many levels.

She has identified my frustrations but she has also inspired me to use these tools to create instructive materials for my students and to have my students create with them.  I have passed on her information to aspiring students that want to be teachers and I my goal is to inspire at least some of the teachers in my district to explore edtech and its uses with students, parents, and their own personal growth.

People should explore her blogs and I know that they will be inspired by the things she relates and the people that she is connected to.

Saturday, June 5, 2010

In September and In June

How do I feel in September.

I am hopeful, excited, and eager.  I have spent the summer learning, researching, and planning.  I cannot wait to collaborate with my peers and students.  I look forward to seeing the lights go on as my students learn and explore.


How do I feel in June.

I am tired, lost, and alone.  I pray that I can make it through each day.  I don’t understand why they don’t bring a pencil, paper, or their work.  I want to scream, wake up, is anybody in there, and why don’t you care?  Did anybody learn anything this year?  Why am I the only one that cares?  What is wrong with me?

Luckily this summer I am going to relax, refresh, and regain my perspective.  I am going to refine my style and learn something new.

I am going back to school in September a new and improved me ready to engage my students and provide them with a terrific example of how to be a life long learner.