Sunday, September 29, 2013

I've been very interested in the concept of the "flipped classroom." While I haven't quite flipped my teaching I have been playing with the idea of how I can videotape lessons for my students to view and then work with them on the concepts.

My first attempt was teaching "Central Message."  I made this video comparing Central Message to bumper stickers.

My students watched the video during a reading center and then completed a bumper sticker using the Central Message of the story we had read. Our story for the week was "Chrysanthemum" so most of their bumper stickers were along the lines of not bullying or being proud of your name. Here is my class with their bumper stickers!

I consider my first video lesson a success. Now for the next video...

Wednesday, September 4, 2013

I'm supposed to be a teacher. My learning styles inventory told me so.

I was on the hunt for a learning styles inventory for my students and just had to complete this online inventory if Lund. After reading my results, I couldn't have said it better myself. Totally me. Guess I picked the right career!

QR Codes in the classroom

I've always been intrigued by those little square boxes with the funny black messages. I am a sucker for downloading every one I see. 

Then last year I went to a training and learned how to make them. I had no idea existed. I used qr codes a bit last year to help students get to a website using their iPod touch quicker and also included them on my newsletter to guide parents to helpful sites. 

This year, my goal was to use them even more so I kicked off the year by making this handy sheet full of qr codes. I included a code with all my contact information, one to email me, my school website, our fb class page, class blog, and school app. During open house I posted them in a couple places. I've left the one in the picture hanging right outside my classroom door for any school visitors to see and hopefully scan to check out the fun we are having in class.

Do you use qr codes in the classroom? I'd love to hear how you use them!

Sunday, September 1, 2013

Becoming a 21st Century Classroom

What can I say? I'm a social media addict.
I've been blogging since 2006, on Twitter since 2008, and Facebook, my slowest jump, since 2009. Yes. I like to stay connected.

Lately, I've been interested in utilizing my social media enthusiasm for my own professional development. Between my love of technology and knowledge of social media I felt that I was missing out on being able to connect those passions with my passion for teaching and learning.

There is a wealth of information out there and while I enjoyed using the platforms for personal connections, I honestly had not really considered how much I could utilize them to grow professionally as well. Social Media allows the world to become a much smaller place!

So here I am.
Join me on my journey to turn my classroom into a 21st Century Classroom and me into becoming a 21st Classroom Teacher.

I'd love for you to Follow me on Twitter too.
Let's Connect!