Thursday, July 21, 2011

Interesting Day

Today I accomplished a lot. Here it is Summer Vacation...and I am working. Summer is my chance to make the things I will need for the up coming year. The things that in the middle of a lesson I say to myself, "gee I wish I had already done this."

My All Done List for the Day:

Tutorial video on using Google Maps
Video explaining the value or Twitter
Interview for a magazine article
Prepare my grade book
Make my Excel spreadsheets with formulas
Clean out old emails
Make how to sort webmail tutorial
Make some phone calls
Research teaching strategies

Tomorrow there are more things to do. For now I am going to rest and enjoy the last few moments of my son's nap. (BTW that interview thing I mentioned - pretty cool. My first ever. It isn't anything big and I can only hope my name actually gets mentioned...but not the fact that I stammered a couple of times. I am not very good with open ended questions...I need a graphic organizer in my head for those)

Wednesday, July 20, 2011

Back in the Swing of Things

-Hugging and petting blog- 
Hello friend. It has been too long.

This year has been moving so quickly that I don't realize that it has been almost a year since I began my masters. I've learned so much from my classes and have fully embraced myself as a techie teacher. When I taught 1st grade I used technology for teaching. Now as a 4th grade teacher my students use the technology for learning.

Students are ready to work from computers. They thrive in their natural environment so why not let them? I try to make every lesson include an element of technology. I want them manipulating the technology as much as possible. They think they are just having fun when they are making something in PowerPoint, Hyperstudio, or Previ; but I know the truth- they are learning the technology and my lesson. They are reaching the critical thinking skill of Synthesis, Application, and Creating. It is inspiring as a teacher to see 31 heads focused on their work, happy to be typing and decorating their presentation on parallel circuits or explaining figurative language.

By the end of the year my students knew more about technology than most of their parents. It made parents happy, students happy, and me happy.

I promise not to be gone so long. I have so many wonderful things to my website:

and all the hard work that went into it.