"Do any human beings ever realize life while they live it? Every, every minute?"
-- Thornton Wilder, Our Town

Thursday, February 3, 2011

Here's to Trying

     Ok, so since they haven't put up the new episode of Grey's Anatomy online yet...I thought I'd write a quick post about the things I hope to try for this semester. I hope to try to keep this up even though my time in EDM has been spent. This semester I can only hope to keep up! With other education classes and just my regular classes, I can tell that I'm going to have to take these moments just to catch my breath.
     I start field experience next week, and I'm beyond excited. I'm looking forward to spending time at BC Rain High School, and hopefully UMS Wright. It's definitely going to be a HUGE difference from the time I spent in high school. I went to a majority white school with 76 other people in my graduating class. Can we say small town? Oh well, I welcome the change! It's going to be a lot of fun. I'm going to try to be more outgoing. I have a real problem with not being as outgoing as I should be when I meet new people. That is going to have to change! I'm going to try not to procrastinate (it won't happen, but hey it can go on the list for looks). Teachers' give us outlines of what we're going to do for a reason, I should problem pay more attention to that. Especially now that I'm thinking that I have 2 tests, and a paper due next week...
     So, here's to making more lists (and remembering where I put them), here's to talking to new people, and basically here's to trying. :)

In this picture I was definitely trying to do what some of the boys on our youth trip did...and a friend of mine's dad, that is hang up side down from a pull up bar. I failed...epically : )

"Because of the LORD’s great love we are not consumed, for his compassions never fail." --Lamentations 3:22

Friday, January 28, 2011

Extremely Late! :)

So the fall semester has ended, but I felt bad that I never could get my self reflection video up. However, this picture sums up my video. I put it just in case any new EDM 310 students stumble across my blog. Good luck with the semester!!

Sunday, December 12, 2010

Final Post...Self Reflection Video

I am very sad to say that Youtube will not let me upload my video, BUT I'm going to keep trying!

Sunday, December 5, 2010

Final Project #16

For our final project, Josh King and I decided to create a resource website for teachers and aspiring teachers. We decided that there needed to be a one stop shop for teachers where they could access other teachers' blogs, kids' blogs, and other various things. We created a connect page (for teachers' blogs), a how to page (to give some advice about a few good tools for the classroom), a motivate page (takes you to Comments 4 Kids and encourages you to comment), and a page about things we dig.

Please, please, please come visit us at Teach Savvy!

Thursday, December 2, 2010

Final Report on PLN

 My PLN is still a work in progress. But I think it's suppose to always be a work in progress. You should never stop expanding your cirlce of people you learn from. Twitter is a really great resource (now that I've figured it out) that I use to stay up to date on different teacher's blogs. I have found that it's a really cool way to keep in touch as well. I also am keeping up with several different blogs to keep me in touch. Two of my favorites are At the Teacher's Desk and Keeping Kids First. They are both informative and an encouragement! I love learning from people who have been there, done it, and seen it all. It's also fun to get ideas from them. I plan to keep on extending my PLN which is what I'm sort of doing with Project 16.

C4T Summary #4

     My Teacher number 4 was Ms. Kelly Hines. Ms. Hines has so many great posts, it was hard to choose 2 to comment on. We all had to comment on her post "A Commentary on Comic Books", a post about the new movie Waiting for Superman. The other posts I commented on were "The Sum of the Parts" and "Teaching Job Description". The first discussed how how she hated being disconnected from her circle of friends that she talks to often. She talked about how she kept up with them individually, but it wasn't the same as when they were all together. The ideas didn't flow as freely and such. This really made me think about how helpful a PLN really is. The second post was about the job description of a teacher. She talked about how so much more time and feeling is put in than just from the hours of 7:30-3:00. I really loved this post! I think she nailed exactly what it truly means to be a teacher. She mentioned how much it means to her kids just to go to their events like football games and such. She also talked about how much emotion you actually put into the job as well.

C4K Summary #8-11

     I got another batch of kids that were just as adorable as the last. They are all so great at blogging, it makes me a little jealous. There posts tend to be short, but they get there point across. They all do a fabulous job!

     The first student I commented on was Oscar. Oscar told us about how part of his class went to New Zealand, while the rest of his class was split up. He talked about how he did a poster project on his favorite car, a SSC Ultimate Aero made by Shelby Supercars.

     The second student I commented on was a fifth grader named Grace. Grace wrote a fantastic story called A Night at the Museum. Her story was written so well, I was very very impressed. She even used dialogue in her story.

     The last student I commented on was Conner. Conner is a sixth grader who talked about going camping. He was very excited about going and all the things he was going to get to do. He also mentioned his drawings for a movie he was making. I encouraged him to add his movie to his blog as well.