To say I am having a blast being back in the classroom — would be a huge understatement.
I am loving putting my words of past sessions led (with advice to teachers) into action. I honestly believe that I will honestly be a “more empathetic” speaker at conferences because I can now say “I too, am standing in your shoes” — I understand much better the not enough time, the crowd control issues, and the exhaustion. I would sincerely advise most speakers (at conferences) to step back into the classroom with 30 students….and then perhaps rework some of your wise advice. I have to admit, I have been humbled.
But I am also having a blast.
A few weeks ago — I was awarded a document camera from IPEVEO — http://www.ipevo.com/wishpool — and just had time to set it up today!
I am so excited for our students to learn more about SKYPING with other classrooms and using the doc camera. I am also pleased because I won’t have to plug and unplug the monitor cable and the ipad cable so I can switch between monitor view and ipad view. Now, all I have to do is lay the ipad down….turn on the document camera — and TADA — no more toggling cables.
Also, I am pleased that my students now are participating in projects. And this past week — M through Th classes were involved in INTERNATIONAL DOT DAY. (Friday was a 1/2 day, no computer classes.)
If you visit our website — cmcselementarylab.weebly.com — you can see day by day information.
But here are a few highlights:
1. Finding a Discovery Education video that had Peter Reynolds reading “THE DOT”. How cool to have the author reading the book.
2. Using the app: colAR (http://colarapp.com/) and a PDF provided by Fablevision — and watching DOTS come alive
3. Watching as the students thought of new and creative ways to transform their dots by folding theirs in half and then sharing their half with another half, and then 1/4ing and then 1/3ing…..it was so great to watch them “think outside the dot”.
And here is our video:
I had forgotten how much “FUN” and rewarding classroom teaching is.
Thank you for allowing me to share this journey with you