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Authentic Grit

Posted by Katie Wood Jul 15, 2018

 *There is no discussion post for this week.*

 

Grit. Perseverance. Self-Awareness. All parts of being a great teacher, and a great person. 

 

Chapter Nine discussed roadblocks. Just like games that you lose a turn, have to start at the beginning, or go back three spaces, sometimes this can happen in our classroom and in our life.

 

Especially when we are trying something new in our classroom, roadblocks will appear. That dang joker will jump out of the cupboard and yell, "Surprise!"

 

What are those roadblocks that you struggle with? Are they personal/professional/both? 

 

Do you have ways to cope with those struggles? Are you still learning how to deal with them head on?

 

CoP has updated, so when you go to upload your content, you may notice that the buttons on the leftside of the content page are gone. They are now found under the "Actions" tab in the upper right hand corner of the page. I have updated the instructions here: Uploading and Categorizing Files for Assignments.docx 

 

If you want to, you can "Create a Document" under the actions tab. This works like Google Docs, in the sense that you can write the document and revisit it and edit it later, but it will post once submitted. It is all housed under CoP. It can also be categorized as well. That may help those of you that don't have Microsoft Office. 

I can not think of one specific unit that I would like to give a total overhaul to- but there are things that I would like to change about every unit.  I feel that each year I am always looking for new activities to change things up and add more activities or better quality activities.  

 

These are some of the general things that I would like to work on this year: 

 

expectations-I admit that I am guilty of settling for less that what I originally wanted.  Reading about it really hit home- I start out strong in the beginning of the year and can really see myself wavering as the year goes on and then I get frustrated.  

 

environment- I love the idea that Hope and Wade change up their entire theme in their classroom.  I don't know if I am ready for that big of a step to continually change it, but I am moving to a new facility and building this coming year and would like to set it up more like an actual veterinary clinic (I teach vet science).  I am hoping with things that I have asked for as it is renovated that I will better be able to do this.  

 

energy- I am NOT a morning person...I can't see myself singing to 11th and 12th graders, or them being willing to do that...I am brainstorming ways to start out class each day to get the kids (and myself) motivated!!

 

empowerment- I think that out of these four things, this is probably my strongest.  I have a lot of independent/group projects that really allow the students to take ownership for their learning and for themselves.  It is something that I work towards over the course of two years and by the end of year 2- the students always surprise me!  I tend to see it the most in the studying for their final exam.  I have also started a student of the month where the kids nominate one of their classmates.  I like the idea about changing this up to recognize everyone, because not every students is going to be recognized throughout the year.  I also send notes HOME when students have done something above and beyond- and above and beyond is different for every students- sometimes it is coming to class for 5 days in a row.  

Samantha Srp

Srp-Engagement

Posted by Samantha Srp Jul 5, 2018

This assignment is difficult for me as throughout my 11 years of teaching I have tweaked and changed and learned and added.  I’m also a big supporter of the Theory of Multiple Intelligences, so I have incorporated various activities that way.  While there is no single lesson I’m looking to change, there ARE 2 things I am working to incorporate.  The first I’ve been slowly building through having each activity as something an entire class did so I can see if it is a liked activitiy and should be included.  The second I know absolutely nothing about and am just trying to build off Pinterest posts.

 

1.  Student Choice Tic-tac-toe Board

This is a grid of 9 blocks.  Instead of me having 3 written exams and a written six weeks exam, students will choose 3 activities from the grid and tailor it to whatever content they choose from the six weeks.  Activities include things like making posters, creating and performing a song or skit, giving a speech, creating a game, etc etc.  The 3 activities they pick have to touch like in tic-tac-toe. Rubrics are used for grading each assignment which will count as a test grade.  The 3 items averaged together make the six weeks exam grade. They are given this at the beginning of the year, know the expectations and have the freedom to turn in when they want BUT the deadline is the Friday of the 5th week of the six weeks.  That way there is time to call parents if needed, 

 

2. Escape Room Activity

Ive never been (and don’t want to go)to an Escape Room.  These are popping up everywhere and the kids are REALLY into them.  They are even all over the education portion of Pinterest.  I’m guessing my Scavenger Hunt could be modified to this, but I just don’t know anything about their design and flow.  

Engagement

Posted by Katie Wood Jul 5, 2018

Risk. Battleship. Settlers of Catan. Donkey Kong. The list could go on and on of the possible games that need strategic thinking. 

 

For this week's assignment, we are going to be strategic. We are going to harness the brain power of the group to idea share and plan for next year. Discussion Post 3 is going to be about a successful lesson that really gets your students engaged. This hopefully will turn into a thread of ideas that can be shared.

 

Your assignment is to pick a lesson plan that you would like to work on. Take the four E's into consideration: expectations, environment, energy, and empowerment. How can you transform that lesson to be one of your tried and true lessons?

 

Remember what the Kings say, "Please notice that 'expense' is not included with those four Es! As we told you in Chapter Two, your budget is not a valid excuse for why your students are bored. You don't have to spend a lot of money to create engagement."(p.91)

 

PRE-SERVICE TEACHERS: What is a lesson plan that you have created/used in college, that you could change up, or really dive deeper into?

 

There is no template for this assignment. You can upload your original lesson plan that has an addendum of the changes you would make. You can write a synopsis of what your lesson currently is and how you would like to change it with highlights that fall into the four Es. 

 

CoP did an update this week, so when you go to upload your content, you may notice that the buttons on the leftside of the content page are gone. They are now found under the "Actions" tab in the upper right hand corner of the page. I have updated the instructions here: Uploading and Categorizing Files for Assignments.docx 

If you want to, you can "Create a Document" under the actions tab. This works like Google Docs, in the sense that you can write the document and revisit it and edit it later, but it will post once submitted. It is all housed under CoP. It can also be categorized as well. That may help those of you that don't have Microsoft Office.