I’ve been busy, really busy, but just a moment of reflection and giggling, if you don’t mind. Thank you.
My 7th graders are learning about forces in nature. You know, action/reaction stuff, a body in motion, etc. I’ve discovered over the past 2 weeks that my professional life has become …a real force of nature. Read the rest of this entry
I’m working on it, honestly, I am!
The Biggest Hurdle to Flipping Your Class http://t.co/30Y4hleBUn
— Oceans Science (@Sci_Explorers) November 22, 2013
- Spreading the word about The flipped classroom at my school (iteachwithit.wordpress.com)
- Flipped Classrooms (hhearn2207.wordpress.com)
- Flipped Classroom Best Practices (harrisonhints.wordpress.com)
I checked my email one last time before shutting off my computer Friday afternoon. Why did I do that? There’s an email forwarded from our Resource teacher from a parent. Apparently, mom is upset with me. I “gave” junior an F in science for the trimester. According to HIM, I didn’t “let him” finish the 3 part project we were working on when he returned from being out sick for a week. I read the email 3 times before I responded:
Let mom know that the project was assigned BEFORE he got sick. Please let mom know that not only did junior not do the project, he ignored the “What did I Miss” assignments also. (I did him a favor on that by exempting all the work from that week, so it didn’t even factor into the grade.) Let mom know that junior, along with everyone else, was given amply time and opportunity to get all work completed. I announced daily what was due when. I posted, in bold lettering on the board, all due dates. I even rearranged our learning time so those without access to the internet outside of school, could work on the project in class or I’d send them up to the library. During all of this, junior just sat there and stared into space. (oh yes, there was the day he insisted someone was bullying him, did he mention THAT to her?)
Yes, I asked if he needed assistance with anything. Yes, I checked to see if he was working; he always had an excuse for NOT having his folder,his research, his supplies, etc. No, I wasn’t going to hold his hand.
Please let mom know what I KNOW you’re already told her, JUNIOR DOESN’T DO HIS WORK.
Thanks T. Have a great weekend.
Junior’s mom seems to think I was supposed to let HER know personally that he had a project due. (all over School Notes like a rash) Junior’s mom is a helicopter parent. I am sure I’ll hear from the principal about this on Monday. I’m also sure that she knows what I’m going to say about the issue.
Great way to start my weekend, right?
So, I learned about this app this past summer, but haven’t had time to play with it the way I wanted to. Tonight, I made a little review note for my 8th graders. Check out Notability.
This app can be used in the classroom as a “live” note taking device similar to Educreations It uploads images from your files or the internet and also has a recording component. All notes are saved right on your iPad with a very nice color coded filing system. I didn’t do a voice over with this one, but I can see the possibilities!
I am currently using the free version of the app, but I love it enough to seriously consider getting the upgrade for $2.99.
I think I’ll do one in class next week with the 7th graders… we’re taking on Newton’s Three Laws of Motion!
- Notability 5.1: Worth the $1.99? (gryphonstechreviews.wordpress.com)
- iNotebooks: Make Note-taking Engaging and Formative! (teachitivity.wordpress.com)
Interesting article… thoughts?
Since things have finally quieted down in my academic universe, I’m starting to play around with some tech tools. I have always wanted to flip my classroom, so the month of November is dedicated to finding tools I can use to create flipped lessons.
When I was in the 5th grade, I had a teacher who thought it would be cool if the girls in his class got excited about science. I remember vividly the discussion we had one day about sugar in water. ”Will the sugar dissolve faster in the hot water or the cold water?” My hand shot up, and I said COLD WATER!. I was wrong, the boys laughed, and Mr. Morgan explained why my answer was wrong. He wasn’t condescending about it, he just wanted to make sure I understood why the hot water would do the job faster. I wanted to confirm it, so I ran home, burned through about 2 pounds of sugar and 4 quarts of hot and cold water… and I was hooked. I went on to get a degree in industrial supervision, with a minor in chemistry. I’ve worked along side men (usually being the only woman in the joint) as a safety engineering, and I’m now learning how to be a technologist. I scare even me. Read the rest of this entry