I really enjoyed the Train Video that was on the Phillybloggirl. Even though I teach kindergarten, I still have an interest in math. I originally went into college as a math major and after a few classes I changed my mind. I really liked how the teacher posed the question to the class and left it open ended. From the video it doesn’t look like he directed them in any certain way. The teacher was a bystander and if needed, would ask questions to help. It is also a great lesson because he took a puzzle that his daughter has and asked a question to his class. It was a real world object, something that they all can have access to and work with. The students were taking what they have learned in math class and applying it to a real world problem. The students were engaged and active.
I really loved the video that Lacey posted as well as the article about the HPA (Harry Potter Alliance). What I liked most is what she said “an individual may be brilliant and have strong core competencies but unless you are able to work in a TEAM and harness each others core competencies, you will always perform below par because there will always be situations at which you will do poorly and someone else does well.” I work with kindergarten students and this is part of the struggle every day. Getting the students to work together to accomplish a goal. I want them to start a task, and finish it. Often they may begin working together, but not too long after they are working independently. I l loved the video, and think I will share it with my class (as long as I remember.. no kids till Monday). I want them to work together. I agree that Connected Learning is bringing people to do more. Making connections outside of the classroom, building, or even state. Social media, and other technology tools allows us to connect with people that we never could have before.
My first year of teaching kindergarten I was fortunate enough to work with Dr. Jim Knight. Our Tech Director was able to connect with Dr. Knight when he was looking for new teachers in our area to work with. Thanks to social media, she was able to contact him, and not too long after he was in my room. Dr. Knight was coaching, and working on instructional coaches through the Kansas Coaching Project. He was able to sit in my room with a camera crew (which was a trip for K students) and observe a lesson. Afterwards, I watched the lesson myself, and then we had a discussion. He was able to give me tips and point out some strengths/weaknesses. It was a great opportunity. All made possible by connected with a professor in Kansas.
I really enjoyed the Dan Meyer Ted Talk that was on Tom’s blog. I have an interest in math, and my wife is an 8th grade math teacher. I am often quizzed by her and I fail terribly. I have not taught, or been around higher level math for a while. Geometry can be tough! I really like that he is using real world examples in his math class to teach his students. You can see that in his classroom he is asking questions to provoke higher order thinking. He doesn’t ask yes or no questions but questions that take some thought. I remember math being as he explains it, it was just taking formulas and plugging in some numbers.
I wanted to share a free tool that I have been using in my kindergarten classroom. We have been using Aurasma, a free, augmented reality tool. We use this tool to learn about the continents, practice sight words, and presentations about animals. It may seem complicated but you get the hang of it quickly. You can find images online, or take pictures yourself with an iPad or phone. Those images are then your “trigger” image. You will then need another picture, or image that will “overlay” (appear over) the “trigger” image. So you would use the app on your phone, or iPad to scan the “trigger” image and then the “overlay” image or video would appear. To help practice our sight words I selected pictures as the “trigger” and then took screen shots of sight words. I hung the “trigger” images around the school, gave my students an iPad, and sent them on a scavenger hunt. The students scanned the images with the iPad, and then the sight word would appear. (I know it seems complicated but it’s not). We have also used the app to make animal projects. The children drew a picture of an animal they researched, and then I video recorded them using an iPad. The picture the students drew was the trigger image, and then their video was the overlay. When students scanned their picture, a video would appear of a student telling three facts about that animal.Click here for a blog that may explain it better than me, or watch this VIDEO to learn about the app.