Wednesday, November 18, 2015

Current Events and the Classroom

Some teachers believe that young students should not hear about current events because the news would only scare them, or that they are not ready for that kind of violence in their lives. I, however, believe that it is important for students to be aware of what is going on in the world. There are ways that students can learn about what is going on in the world, and in a safe way. I believe that teachers can incorporate technology in the way that they tell students of what is going on in the world. An interesting way that teachers could incorporate current events and technology would be to create a current even scavenger hunt for the students. The students would be asked to search for current event facts, and in return, the students would compile it together in class and talk about what all of it means with the teacher. The students are able to learn how to look at the news on their technology devices, as well as speak with the teacher about what all of it means. This way, the students will not be overwhelmed by the violence of the news, but they will have knowledge of it through a safe classroom. Click here to look at a website created by the Washington Post that goes in depth into what important important events are happening in the U.S. and includes fun for kids too.

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Tuesday, November 17, 2015

Level 1 Field Experience

Last semester as a second semester freshman, I was placed in a Level 1 Field Experience classroom for my Elementary Education major. I was placed in Dike New Hartford Junior High in the eighth grade classroom. In this classroom, I was able to observe a co-taught classroom, split between a general education teacher and a Special Education teacher. It was an eye-opening experience. I found it so interesting that teachers were able to combine their ideas and methods into one teaching experience for the children. Something else I found extremely interesting was the thought of the teachers to use technology to reach all of the students the best way that they could, no matter how long it took them to learn. The school gave all students laptops that they could take home and keep to work on homework, and the teachers incorporated the laptops into all of their lessons. Having the information in front of the students and giving them the ability to be in control of their learning, as well as personalizing it so that every single students gets taught the way that is best for their cognitive ability. The Level 1 Field Experience was an incredible learning experience.
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Monday, November 16, 2015

Generation Z Students in the Classroom

Generation Z, also known as the Internet Generation, is the name of the children born from the late 1990s-present. These are the students that we future teachers will be having in our classroom when we become teachers. It is important for us future teachers to realize what our students will be growing up in and realize how we need to teach to their needs and their knowledge in order to teach them in the best way. When we were growing up, we did not grow up with the technology that these children will be growing up in. The students that we teach will already know how to work an iPad, work with applications, and play around on an iPhone before they even enter the classroom. We teachers must learn how to incorporate the technology that they use already to make learning interesting and adapt to their daily lives as Generation Z students. Attached is a blog regarding teaching Generation Z in the classroom and how to best relate to them.

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Sunday, November 15, 2015

1:1 Technology in the Classroom

While I attended High School, the school population was able to have 1:1 iPads in the classroom. I was able to experience 1:1 as a student in the classroom for three years of my High School career. The 1:1 experience was incredibly enlightening. Before experiencing having 1:1 technology in the classroom, I was under the impression that it was only distracting for the students and would keep the students from learning. I only believed that students would be stuck on social media or games so that it would keep them from learning. But, it was the other way around. 1:1 technology in the classroom helped students learn in new ways and experience finding learning exciting through different applications and activities. Students are able to work on their own, journeying through new the possibilities of technology and learn things on their own. Click here for a blog that walks teachers through how to efficiently and correctly use technology in the classroom.




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Wednesday, November 4, 2015

Welcome to my Blog

Welcome to my blog! I will be sharing with you the stories of my life and my journey toward my career as a Special Education teacher.