Sunday, November 30, 2014
Sunday, November 23, 2014
By: Joel Klein
In this article, Mr. Klein lays down some hard hitting facts about what has happened to the education system in recent years. Mr. Klein chooses three big problems he sees in the education system today and discusses his ideas on the areas of problem and gives his solution.
Problem 1: The education system does not choose the best candidates available to go into the field of education.
Solution: The education system needs better academic training for students, pick from the top one-third of graduates, and change how teachers receive rewards.
Problem 2: The education system has been keying in on seniority instead of the progression of students and the effectiveness of the teacher.
Solution: Create an exam for entry and certification yearly much like in professions of law and medicine.
Problem 3: The education system is in dire need of a change.
Solution: Teachers must establish a board that polices the teaching profession and allows teachers to move up by the results and their choice to take and pass examinations.Remove the idea of a mandatory school assignments and allow teachers to pick what is best for their students.
With problem number one, I do happen to see and hear a lot about the lack of quality teachers and how it is hard to get quality candidates to go into education. In my mind, one of the best ways we can ensure that the profession does get the best candidates available is by raising the pay scale for teachers and educators and allow the to make more because we will get what we pay for with our teachers.
Problem number two is one of the biggest issues in the education system. There are so many teachers who are in better schools based only on seniority and not on progression of students. Not all teachers are like this but problem still remains. I do like the idea of certifications for teachers but I believe that they should be mostly evaluation based instead standardized tests because just because teachers can learn for a test does not mean they can apply it in the classroom and it allows teachers to be critiqued based on their everyday work.
Problem three is kind of like Mr. Klein's conclusion. At this point we can kind of tell that Klein is almost to the point of disgust with the system. I love the idea of allowing teachers to pick their own assignment because we as educators must understand that all of our students will not go into the same profession and must be allowed the free choice to learn other things than a strict criteria.
In conclusion, I believe Mr. Klein made some great points and has some great ideas on where the education system should go and how it needs to be changed. I hope that I one day can be as influential in education as he has been. With more and more teachers trying to find a way to change and make education better the more students will benefit. I truly treasured Mr. Klein's article and hope one day I can help implement them.
My Grandfather is the best grandfather in the world because on my birthday he gave me a necklace .Now even if he is old he is old he always has time for me .!!!! this is why my Grandfather is the best !!!!!!!!$
Response Hi I am a student at the University of South Alabama. It sounds like you have a great Grandfather.
The day starts with us getting to school, and we line up on the blacktop. At 8:15 am, we go in to our classroom and check our supplies, get out homework, copy down homework, and then start to do morning work on our desks. Then, we start a round. At 8:50, we do Morning Meeting. After that, we jump into math. We check the morning work, and then we get to the lesson. At 10:30, we then start Social Studies. We learn about trades in the old days. At 11:05, we go to lunch. We come back at 11:50, and then we do Listen to Reading. Next, we do writing, where we do our Jamestown vs. Roanoke piece. At 1:15, we go out to recess and come back in at 1:30. After that, we do either science or Biztown. Finally, at 2:30 we start to clean up and get out at 2:45.
That is what we do on an average school day
Hi Daniel. I am a student at the University of South Alabama. I enjoyed hearing how your day is planned out at school, when I was your age I had a schedule that was close to that. It was very nice to read your blog. Have a great rest of the school year!
11/23/14 C4K #11
Hi Leah! I am a student at the University of South Alabama. I loved hearing about your story. One of my favorite things to do is sit in a quiet room and think about what to put in my next story. It sounds like you have a great book ahead of you. Keep up the good work!!!
Sunday, November 16, 2014
I think and have observed technology in the special needs school. In my observation at Augusta Evans, the children use SmartBoards to play educational games. Also, iPads will be soon arriving at the school for the children to use. The teacher will be given a few iPads to make stations with. In Augusta Evan the children have a computer lab where they go and learn to how to type their name and address. Once the children have completed their daily task they are allowed to play educational games for 15 minutes. I spoke with a teacher there and in her class she is going to make sure the students are monitored by an adult at all times when they are using any technology. The iPads will have very tough cases on them but these students can be very dangerous and violent, so they will be monitored. For the computers and iPads there are programs such as, K9 Web Protection. K9 Web Protection forces safe search engines on all major search engines.It Blocks web sites in more than 70 categories, including pornography, gambling, drugs, violence/hate/racism, malware/spyware, phishing. It is the best free parental control software/ internet filter available.
Sunday, November 9, 2014
Sunday, November 2, 2014
Brian Crosby is a genius among teachers and should be renown as a leader and founder in project based learning. Crosby is a teacher who is full of energy and takes project learning to a whole new level by keeping all the students engaged in the lesson. For example, Mr. Crosby had a new student transfer to his class who had cancer, when talking to the administration, they explained that the student probably would not be in class much due to the low tolerance immune system of the student. Crosby took that as a challenge and allowed her to learn with the entire class through Skype. Another thing I learned from Crosby is that as teachers we can take project based learning across subjects and is especially easy in elementary school when the teacher teaches all the subjects to one group. Crosby also teaches his students pride in that they even though they are "at-risk" kids that they can do extraordinary things and do anything they set their minds to just as they are leading the country in this new kind of learning.
Blended Learning Cycle
Paul Anderson blended learning ideas kind of make a scientific method to learning by using the acronym QUIVERS.
QUestion- Start the class with something interesting and fun to get their minding churning and begging to learn about the hook.
Investigate/Inquiry- Learn about what the hook is about and formulate a way to better understand like how the disk rotates on the mirror.
Video- Watch a video individually to learn more about the topic in question
Elaboration- Relearn and learn more about the topic and grow the knowledge on it to create a better project
Review- Review the material one on one with the teacher to ensure the knowledge is learned by explaining the topic to show understanding.
Summary Quiz- a quiz used to re-review the material on the topic.
Making thinking visible
This video shows how to show students how their thinking works and how as they understand more their ideas will reflect it. The video shows an exercise where students write a headline of what they think the project is all about and as they go through the project they learn more and at the end the teacher asks the students to make another headline then the groups compare their first headline to the ending headline and can see the progress in their learning.
Super Digital Citizens
This video teaches another aspect in how kids learn in that they learn as they teach and when they teach others they learn the material twice once in their prep work and another when they are teaching the material to the classroom. In this video, the students are learning about online safety show others how to be safe on the internet by making this superhero that helps make good decisions on the internet. The students in the video learn how to be safe on the internet, how to teach others in their class, how to use certain programs, and how to help others use the internet safely.
Project based learning
This video elaborates on an idea learned earlier which is combining classes with like subjects to make one big project that covers more material than all three classes combined did before. I like the idea of combining subject this allows students who are not as strong in some areas to make up for it in others which in someways hurts the students because they limit themselves in what they are comfortable in. For example, a student who is good at math but not at English will do the math part of the assignment but not the proofreading and visa-versa this allows students the easy way out where as before students had to learn each subject. To me, I like both methods but I'm not sure which is best traditional or PBL.
Sunday, October 26, 2014
Response- Lexi, I am a student at the University of South Alabama and I agree with all that you are saying. Unfortunately, we aren't able to make some of those decisions but, luckily it will get better when you get in college because it is much more laid back. Good luck with class and Spanish Class.
10/19/14 Project#6 C4K#6 At school I like recess.
Response-Hi Ethan, I am a student at the University of South Alabama. When I was in school, I loved recess, it was a time to be loud and relieve some stress.
10/26/14 Project #6 C4K#7 Our literacy class is learning how to read maps and a saying for NESW N stands for North,E stands for East,S stands for South and W stands for West. The saying for this is Never Eat Soggy Weet-bix.
Response-Hi, Toma. My name is Paige and I am a student at the University of South Alabama. Reading a map is very important, I use a map daily to get me from one place to another. There are many acronyms for North South Eat West. Some that I learned were:N-never, E-eat, S-sour, W-worms or N-never, E-eat, S-sour ,W-watermelon These silly little rhymes will really help you learn North South East West. Have a great week.
Sunday, October 5, 2014
I love to learn new things about technology.
Technology amazes me on how it works.
I use technology daily.
I understand that children are fully capable of learning technology no matter the age.
I should use technology more to keep me organized.
I like to procrastinate.
I like to bite off more than I can chew most of the time.
My time management skills need major improvement .
When thinking about being a teacher in the next two years is scary to me, just because I know that the styles of teaching will constantly be changing. When having my own classroom, I will have to stay on my game and continue to learn everyday about different teaching styles and all different ways to use technology in my classroom. When teaching I want to impact my children, so that in 10 years when they are walking across the stage they can think back on my class and how it help them along their path.
Sunday, September 28, 2014
Thursday, September 25, 2014
Saturday, September 20, 2014
Michael Fawcett does a great job explaining to us the importance in creating your own PLN in his video. He explains that a PLN is a great tool to communicate around the world. He had a student that wanted to know an exact time for an event, instead of emailing NASA or writing a letter he was able to send a tweet and get a response that was accurate from NASA in minutes. Twitter, Facebook, and many more PLNs are great ways to keep parents informed on events, due dates, and homework for their children. It is amazing to know that Michael Fawcett was sitting on the beach, while listening to a workshop going on across the world. With PLN teachers will be able to communicate with educators worldwide. It is very interesting to know that children in Alabama can connect with children around the world, that is important so they can be educated on the different cultures and races. With these resources learning will be more understood because they can have fun and communicate for themselves. I never knew having a twitter could lead me across the world.This picture has children standing around a world holding hands, it shows that all children can connect having a PLN.
Sunday, September 14, 2014
Bing is a very popular site, it is one of the fastest growing search engines today. It was launched in 2009 by Microsoft as the newer version of Microsoft Live. In 2012 ALexa reported them as 26th most visited websites worldwide. It is a very easy website to use and get any information that you are looking for.
Ask.com is one of the first searched engines formally known as Ask Jeeves. Ask was started in 1996 based on the idea of answering everyday questions in a common langauge. When using this site you can ask a general question and it will pick the key words that need to be searched.
Yahoo was also one of the first search engines started in 1994, was basically started to be a phone book of websites and later became a search engine. In 2009 it was rated the 2nd largest search engine on the web. Alexa reports yahoo is the 4th most visited website globally.
duckduckgo.com founded in sseptember 2008 by Gabriel Weinberg. Duckduckgo.com backs itself by respecting users privacy. This website compiles it's results by using many sourses,including; Yahoo, WolframAlpha, and Bing.
Yandex.com launched in 2010, very popular worldwide because it allows you to search in; english, french, german, as well in other languages. Its is basically a copycat of the russian search engine Yandex.ru.
Blekko.com released November 1,2010. Known as the slash tag engine which allows you to easily create custom searches. There is currently no way to submitt your website to Blekko.com, they find your website from other search engines and add you to there site.
Scrubtheweb.com started in 1996. scrubthewebs claim to fame is that they rank all index pages individually not by views, with all pages given an equal chance to be ranked highly in a Scrub the web search.
WolframAlpha offically launched May 18, 2009. It is a service that answers by directly computing the answer instead of giving you a list of websites. With this website you can ask a real life question with out it pulling up many documents, it will aswer your question like a human would answer it.
Thursday, September 4, 2014
Sunday, August 31, 2014
Sunday, August 24, 2014
What are my fears about EDM310
Compare and contrast EMD310 to other classes I have taken
What will be the most difficult thing about EDM310
The best way to address the most difficult thing
Questions about this course
When I first registered for EDM310 I had no idea what it was. I didn't do much research on the class and figured i would just see what it was all about on the first day. The closer to the time school was starting I began to panic so I asked a friend, he said it was a computer class that wasn't difficult, he also is very computer savvy unlike myself. He told me if I just stay on top of the work, I would be fine. I fear that I will procrastinate and not stay up to date on my work. I am a full time student and I work 30 hours a week so I have to be very careful with my time. With so much going on at this point in my life I feel like I have no time to procrastinate, because if I do there will not be a very good turn out with my grades. Other college courses I have taken in the past, was on paper with only a little amount online, unlike this course it is all online.This class you are your own guide as far as keeping up with your work and the due dates. Other teachers I have had in the past will have of work for you to do in the class, where in this it is done outside of class. EDM310 is a very fast paced course from day one, so I will have to stay on top of my work and not slack,where as some courses they will speed up towards the end.The most difficult thing for me in EDM310 will be to remember to keep up with all the due dates and work. I am very busy with work and my other classes so remembering to do my work will be a struggle but it will also keep me organized. I very thankful for taking this class, because it will really teach you time management skills. As far as questions, I do not have any at this time, but if I do I will make sure to ask them at the beginning or end of each class time. As the semester goes on, I am sure I will have questions but for now there are not any I can think of.
Saturday, August 23, 2014
What does an educator do in his or her practice
What are my passions
Hi, my name is Paige Odom, I am from Mobile, AL. I graduated from Baker High School in 2011. I love being outdoors or watching sports. I attended Jefferson Davis Community College in Brewton, AL. After my first two years of college on a softball scholarship, I decided to attended South because both my aunt and uncle received their PhD. from South. I am one of five kids, me being the oldest, and five years old being the youngest. I entered the education field because I love children, watching them progress, and helping children. Something about cute little 3ft humans with bright bows with a book bag that weighs them down warms my heart. I love interacting with children, learning from them while they learn from me. Seeing how a child learns is so fascinating to me, they are like a sponge and every little thing you do or say they take it all in. From Monday to Friday of the same week they can learn so many things and do not even realize it, and that is what amazes me. Everyone is raised differently, from financial issues to single parents everyone is different. Children do not understand why maybe their parents do not have the extra money for new shoes or why their mother is not around, but I want to be the teacher that they will not have to think of any of that. In my class I want to treat everyone fairly, we will all have the same dreams and that is to be smarter than the day before. In the 21st century, teachers have to understand that everyone's family is different. Yes, I will be there to be an educator, but I will also be there if they feel threated, need anything, and someone to listen. Many teachers come to class because that is their job, I want to come for a purpose and that is to help children to not only become smarter but become prepared for life. I am a good listener and always willing to help others when they need something or just a shoulder to lean on. I like to spend time talking to my family and enjoying the outdoors instead of being at work with rude customers. I need to improve on the facial expressions I give others when I do not agree, I may not say anything but my looks say it all.