Saturday, December 12, 2009
Sunday, October 25, 2009
Let me know if this works or not!
Video from AASL standards presentation
Website address for AASL's Top 25 websites for teaching and learning
And, my 6 word "memoir" list to start one thinking about 21st century learning:
Change happens, but for the better?
21st century brings new challenges, great!
Rest your curriculum on great standards.
Wash, rinse, repeat. Introduce, revisit, master.
When are busy students productive learners?
Reading for pleasure, a lost art?
Remember why you chose this career?
21st century is here, you ready?
Students moving ahead of us, yikes!
Be the change, make it happen.
Is inquiry encouraged when you teach?
Our latest state conference, OELMA 2009 was a great success! One the the best ways to measure the success of a conference is how much it causes you to reflect on what you currently do, and how you can improve it. I am still thinking, and reflecting, and making a plan to integrate at least one change this week!
Saturday, September 05, 2009
Now that each class has visited, I have 16 word clouds and I am making a quilt of these clouds to show what our students think about reading. In a week, the school board will be having their September meeting in our school, and they will pass this display and the blurb that describes this process of using 21st century tools.
One of my goals this year is to model the teaching and learning websites by using them with students myself, I'm off to a good start!
Monday, August 31, 2009
Here are my goals for this school year:
- I will share the newest technology and Web 2.0 sites available and offer ways to use them to foster inquiry and learning;
- I will use any means at my disposal (book fairs, grant writing, PTO requests, and more) to continually make available new book titles and share them with students both in whole class and individual student situations.
- I will suggest curriculum tie ins to my faculty, and offer to collaborate.
- I will maintain my cheery disposition all day every day even if those around me are not.
- I will find time to professionally develop myself, make time to share with library colleagues, and make time for myself personally!
Monday, August 10, 2009
I will continue to discuss the standards and indicators in the upcoming days, feel free to comment.
Sunday, August 09, 2009
My current thoughts include: a rotating book display with student reviews (literacy), grade level teacher technology classes (technology), and monthy tech nights for families (community outreach).
Will I be able to follow though with all of this? I hope so. My overarching goal is to implement the AASL standards for 21st century learners; primarily concentrating on reading and inquiry.
Feel free to share with me any ideas you have for this year.
Wednesday, May 13, 2009
Saturday, February 28, 2009
Should we acquire the books kids want to read vs. acquire the books adults think the children need to be reading? This is a greater question than just the budget issue.
Along with this, should we allow students to check out as many books as they can be responsible for vs. a tightly controlled number (like 2 books apiece)?
Loerscher's book asks us to rethink our "open and they will come to us" philosophy. We should think more like the creators of Google. What do you think?
Thursday, January 29, 2009
Because we have had 2 snow days, I have had time to think about all the cutting edge ideas I heard and ways to implement some of them. I will add more later after I have processed this.
Sunday, January 18, 2009
Are any of these things on my to do list, not really; so now I am back at the computer trying to update my webpage and prepare for when school does start again.
Hope to see lots of folks at ALA Midwinter!
Saturday, January 03, 2009
1. Organize myself - a neverending task! But, I finally got a Palm, and am putting all my dates from all my calendars into it. Will this keep me from missing meetings? Time will tell. (To get all my contacts entered, I enlisted the help of my best teenage friend who makes these techno things look so easy!)
2. Find me time! This time, found when I become organized, will be spent reading new books, and writing whatever suites my fancy!
3. Create some authentic goals. What do I want to be involved with by next year, five years from now, ten even?
4. Immerse myself in a new technology, find out what it can really do, and share that with at least one other person. (Like my SmartBoard!)
OK, I am tired now, just thinking about all of this. But I will work toward these goals, and maybe share how well I am succeeding or not!