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?

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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?

Using Your Classroom #3

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This is a really cool random photo I found, of crayons, on the internet. I think this would be really cool to use in primary grades when teaching about colors or in middle years when teaching estimation methods.

How else would you use it?

Using Your Classroom #1

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Alright teachers it’s time to put our minds to the test. The most fun thing to do in the classroom is to find random things and teach students using them.

Here is a completely random picture off of the internet, I think it could be used to teach a physics class when you talk about laws of gravity or even flight.

Where do you think it can be used?

Benefits of Preparation – Teaching for Success

The war begins before we even step onto the battlefield. The strategy and espionage have already begun and we don’t even know who or what we are facing yet. Heck, we might not even know where the battlefield is. Nevertheless, preparation is key to victory no matter where the battle takes place, and no matter what challenges exert themselves.

As teachers, we may not know what children we have, or what grades we will teach, but we can always prepare to teach for the success of our students. This doesn’t mean we have to plan specifics, but we can plan general concepts and begin to organize our cognitive processes so that our students can reach their full potential, with this, let’s begin by looking at two things you can prepare before stepping into the classroom on day one.

#1- Environment:

The classroom environment is very important to the success of our students. They must feel safe, accepted, and they must not be easily distracted in order to achieve their goals. There are quite a few ways to achieve success in this aspect.

  1. set up desks and tables so that conversation and socialization can be achieved, while classroom management is still attainable. For example, small study groups or a circle.
  2. the walls should not be cluttered or bare, put up some posters to make it a little less institutionalized. Also, if you create a “culture board” students can bring in items that are of their culture to be put up on the board so that they feel like the room is theirs as well.

#2- Lessons:

Lesson preparation is often the hardest thing to do when preparing for the school year. However, during the summer, you might not actually know what grades you are teaching next year. Here are some thing you can still prepare:

  1. presentation methods- research different approaches to teaching (ie- projects, technology, inquiry, First Nations aspects, etc.) and how/where you might apply them in your teaching
  2. adaptive dimensions- find some ways you could alter your lessons for those with needs
  3. assessment and evaluation methods- research and examine different methods you could use in your classroom to assess and evaluate your students, remember not everyone is good at writing exams.

Just by preparing these general aspects, you will already be a step ahead on day one, and being a step ahead means you are preparing to

    teach for success.

Windows Passwords

  1. Have you ever forgotten your windows password and even though you’re the administrator of your computer, you still cannot reset your password? It is always easiest to just remove your password and start from scratch just in case you type an error. Thus, follow the following steps and I will help you remove your windows password:

NOTE: YOU MUST BE LOGGED ON AS AN ADMINISTRATOR TO CHANGE ACCOUNT PASSWORDS!

 

  1. Open the start menu, and locate and click on the RUN command
  2. type in the run bar: cmd
  3. You should get a small black screen that is called the command prompt
  4. type: net user
    1. This will show you all the users and their names for this computer
  5. After you know which user name you want tpe: net user username *
    1. Command prompt will then ask you to type a password for this user
    2. Just press enter
    3. Then it will ask you to enter the password again
    4. Just press enter ….. again
  6. Command prompt will say command completed successfully.

And voila! You now have no password for that user. Do you want a password for the user? Just do the following:

  1. Open the start menu and locate and click on the Control Panel command
  2. Once control panel opens, scroll down to the file called USER ACCOUNTS
  3. Open
  4. Click on the account you wish to set the password for
  5. Click Create a password

Once you are done filling out the new password, you have officially set a password for the account!

Please note that these instructions work for XP, they may vary slightly for other windows operating systems.