First year update

Well it has been a while since I blogged, almost an eternity. So I thought I’d update my followers on my first year of education.

I have thoroughly enjoyed my first year. Everyday is exciting and new and comes with it’s own challenges, which helps keep me busy. Throughout the year I have come across a lot of different challenges, some easy to deal with and others not so much.

The most current of issues I’m trying to figure out is how to get around students taking assignments home and googling the answers. I love that students can get help from the internet at home, but most of them just go google a question and copy the answer down without actually trying to understand the content.

I have tried to teach my students how to use the internet to their advantage as a teaching tool instead of something just to copy from. Yet it is evident that someone somewhere will find the answer to a question on the internet.

Is there a secret to this? Or has the internet caused students to become lazy in the sense of their own learning?

Cellular Devices

The war has been on between teachers and students using cellular devices in their classrooms for longer than I can remember. What is this battle about? Is it because teachers are worried that students are distracted and won’t be doing work? If that’s the case, maybe the teacher should revise their lesson so students aren’t so bored that they resort to using their cellular devices.

To me, especially with the advancements in smart phones, these cellular devices are and should be a learning tool. Look at the iPhone for example, there are thousands of applications in the App Store that can be used in your classroom. So why fight a losing battle, something we will never win and why not have students use these devices to LEARN. If these are their interest and passion why not make class more interesting by incorporating them or even examining them?! Not only will this create interest, but can also be a form of management as they will be occupied by other means.

Cellular Devices

The war has been on between teachers and students using cellular devices in their classrooms for longer than I can remember. What is this battle about? Is it because teachers are worried that students are distracted and won’t be doing work? If that’s the case, maybe the teacher should revise their lesson so students aren’t so bored that they resort to using their cellular devices.

To me, especially with the advancements in smart phones, these cellular devices are and should be a learning tool. Look at the iPhone for example, there are thousands of applications in the App Store that can be used in your classroom. So why fight a losing battle, something we will never win and why not have students use these devices to LEARN. If these are their interest and passion why not make class more interesting by incorporating them or even examining them?! Not only will this create interest, but can also be a form of management as they will be occupied by other means.

Fieldtrips

I am currently in the beautiful province of British Columbia for the last week of my 3 week vacation, and today I thought to myself, “Should you be allowed to take students on fieldtrips outside of the province?”

The reason I thought of this is tonight, I was able to witness some of the coolest things nature has to offer, but you can’t see everywhere. So, my question to you, my blog readers, should we be willing or even allowed to take students on field trips to other provinces, states, or even countries to make their learning more practical, applicable, and relatable?!

Tell me what you think!

Photographs For the Classroom

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So, here is a photograph I took in BC last year with my wonderful Nikon D3100 DSLR camera. If you cannot tell, that is a Native West Coast hand carved totem pole with the forest in the background. Beside the totem, is a palm tree.

I would use this photograph in my classroom for many reasons:

1) It brings culture and diversity into the classroom and allows for an open, safe and inclusive environment.

2) It can be used as a talking piece to center a lesson around First Nations Art.

3) You can use it to talk about the environment and how First Nations view the environment and our land. Also, you can talk about the totem pole and what it represents.

What do you think?

Using Your Classroom #4

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A really cool picture I found, almost looks like tie-dye. Anyways, I think this is a great piece to use when teaching primary grades about the primary colors, colors in general or even shades of colors! It can also be used in math when teaching area, comparisons and even estimation!

How would you use it?