Tuesday, November 10, 2009

Week 10 - Video Response

The most important thing I learned from these videos is that you can teach the necessary content to the students and simultaneously help them to develop important life skills. In each of these projects, students were able to explore, create, and learn about a certain content area. By doing all of these things, the teacher allowed the students to access higher level thinking. Another thing that helped students develop higher level thinking was creating a way for students to share the knowledge they learned with others. This gave students experience in sharing and presenting information to others, as well as allowed the families and communities get involved.  Another important skill students were able to learn about and develop was how to work with other people. As the students worked on these projects, they worked in small groups, or as a whole class to put together websites, presentations, and books. This allowed them to have experience in collaborating and problem solving within a group.

Tuesday, November 3, 2009

Week 9 - AKA Week 1 of Practicum

I have completed the mid course evaulation and the consent form.

The classroom I am in is fairly tecnological. More so than when I was in school. There are 3 computers in the back of the room that are fairly new and are used daily for centers or testing. The teacher also brings in 3- 4 mac laptops for the centers/testing. The computers have various learning programs and internet access. The teacher also has her own personal lap top and a printer in the classroom. AND the coolest part, they have a promethean board! It is basically a giant touch screen that the teacher can project on and draw/write on. My mentor teacher gets frustrated with hers because it likes to misalign itself almost every time she uses it... HOWEVER it is an awesome tool to have in the classroom.