Monday, April 22, 2019

Example of a Possible template for PBL based video compilations

Working Listening Music is the name for this Template for PBL based video compilations.

I'm following theme formatted music. Modern Music paired with dances from movies of the past.
It's very interesting, and it would be the template for PBL based video compilations.

Wednesday, May 24, 2017

MM10 Authentic Learning The Real Deal

Learn more about Authentic Learning. It's awesome. Get out the popcorn. Get comfortable!

Friday, November 11, 2016

An Introduction I Can Use Today

This is a reprint from an earlier article written at 9:32 AM on September 17, 2008. I've changed a few words to improve flow and grammar, but not content. I still agree with all I've written. Last update: October 19, 2019.

Working together builds bridges through the ages

If you are reading this, you are, most likely, part of my PLN (professional learning network).
Remember the saying, "What Goes Around Comes Around?" As the years go by, ...that saying [will] reveal itself in action more and more. This an opportunity to put into practice what we call scaffolding, or the spiraling of knowledge that Bruner and Vygotsky suggested in their theoretical studies of learning. As a life-long learner, I have used that spiraling ...[visualization of learning] to make connections in my education, teaching career and life.

Since I began teaching in 1975, I have learned, taught and experienced a multitude of theories, trends and issues as they appear, disappear and reappear.

One thing that I can say with certainty is that my professional teaching life has been healthier and happier when I "go with the flow", when I see an opportunity for professional growth in NEW THEORIES that are really old wine wrapped in a new flask

I am healthy and happily working online, building my Professional Learning Network (PLN) and providing professional development resources " service to the profession".

Having taught many grade and subject levels from Kindergarten to college level students, I enjoy teaching. My areas of expertise began with Microbiology, then elementary, then high school and later, special education K-12. My resume' is quite extensive, yet I have had the privilege to learn, grow, and work with many teachers, parents and other community members who were even more insightful, knowledgeable and collaborative. My career has taken me from the forested region on the north side of Lake Ponchartrain in Louisiana to the desert plains of the Llano Estacado in Southeastern New Mexico to continue here in Kansas.

Through living the life of a teacher's child, I was often looking for friends and companions. As a young teacher, I learned to seek the camraderie and professional advice of those who were the most experienced at the schools where I taught. I still do that, yet it is a bit more difficult now because I am frequently the "grand dame" of the school.

Of course, in teaching, it's all about the kids, but you MUST take care of yourself. You must be healthy and happy. If you aren't, if you keep your "nose to the grindstone, you will end up with no nose!" You will become worn will be unable to accept will not GROW as a teacher.

The take-away message here is to remember that you are part of a TEAM of people, including students, parents, teachers, and the larger community of learners. It is my belief that you will be a better teacher when you work in a collaborative, not competitive environment where people's self esteem comes from providing for students, not gathering accolades for all the "stuff" you belong to or control. When you and your community are really teaching and learning, the accolades will follow.
If you have decided to become a teacher, then you know you won't make much money, you know you will work long hours and you know that you must live a tightly controlled life. THIS IS ALL WORTH IT, if and only if you have the OPPORTUNITY to teach kids who have the opportunity to learn and develop in your care. That's right! Your care, your guidance, your teaching is the key! That is what it is all about! The pure joy of watching children of various ages and stages learn and grow as you teach.

Thursday, April 28, 2016

Citizen Science: Monarch Butterfly Webinar

What we know now. Citizen science research.

From the upgraded research, completed by Monarch Joint Venture, the Western Monarchs appear to be the same variety as the Eastern Monarchs.

Saturday, May 19, 2012

n2teaching's WORDLE Group (weekly)

  • …Word Clouds in Education Series: Part 1 | 21 st Century Educational Technology and Learning

     In this series of posts I will cover:

    12 Tips in Using Wordle  (Some you may now… but other you may not.)
    Over 10o ways  to use Word Clouds in the classroom
    There is more to Word Clouds then Wordle… other awesome word cloud generators
    Beyond word clouds… cool sites and applications to integrate word clouds

    Tags: wordle, tips, tricks, word_clouds

Posted from Diigo. The rest of WORDLE group favorite links are here.

Wednesday, March 7, 2012

Winsome Wednesday: Build Your Wild Self

When given half a chance, children love to create and be imaginative. Use the web application, BuiLD YouR WiLD SeLF, and watch kids' creativity and imagination in learning...

run wild....

BuiLD YouR WiLD SeLF is a web application. Anyone can use their imagination or their knowledge of animals to create their own animal for a special habitat using this web application. Provide a platform for your students or children to build an imaginary avatar. Once their WiLD SeLF is created, they can use it as a desktop image, an avatar, or any similar application. Kids can compare and contrast various traits of humans and animals. They will also get a chance to learn about the habitats that some zoo animals would live in their natural homes.

Use this web application as:

A. the anticipatory set for new lessons in science, social studies, language arts, writing or other subject.

B. an example of animal habitat information to be studied utilizing many learning strategies; especially Compare/Contrast You can build a lesson about animals and their environments.

C. a formative assessment to determine if students can describe/explain why they used a particular environment or body part.

D. a reward for effective learning behaviors.

The web application, Build Your Wild Self was created for the Bronx Zoo, New York Aquarium, and other New York City Zoos, in cooperation with the Wildlife Conservation Society.


Tuesday, February 21, 2012

Tuesday Trait: Sentence Fluency

We follow deer tracks in the mud, pretending that we too are wild beasts.
and so it begins! What happens when you prejudge a book recommendation from a colleague simply because of its name or its audience? For me, that's pretty rare, yet it happened with Guyku. Because I trust the educators of my PLN (Professional Learning Network), I changed my mind, I read Guyku. It's great, so I say, "Go with it!" With that in mind, I've decided to review this highly recommended book with a specific audience. I'm wondering if children who read Guyku will really care that the title makes it sound like it's a book for boys, yet I think most young ones will enjoy this book. I just read GUYKU, because of this trust within my Professional Learning Network. This book would be a satisfying read for boys or girls. While, the story of Haiku for guys sounded like a book that only a boy could love, I was impressed that the story would probably be well received by boys or girls. As I have written on many Tuesdays, I'm giving GUYKU the Six Traits of Writing treatment. While this book could be used to teach many traits, especially WORD CHOICE and SENTENCE FLUENCY. I selected SENTENCE FLUENCY because I think the Haiku message can be taught within the context of the fluency trait. In Guyku, each sentence is written in the poetic form of Haiku, yet the style and meter of each sentence is NOT repetitious. Quite the opposite. With sentences like
Hey, who turned off all the crickets? I'm not ready for summer to end....
With baseball cards and clothespins, we make our bikes sound like motorcycles....
it appears to me that this is a great opportunity to show your students how cool varying sentences in a similar (Haiku) format can be. Join me. Review this book.
Other educators who have spoken high praise for GUYKU: IMAGE: "Join the Guyku Club" by Peter H. Reynolds taken from the Guyku website.