I am a junior in college and majoring in psychology. I am also participating in the elementary education certificate program. My favorite activities are cooking, hiking, and drawing!
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Tue, Nov 04, 2014 7:22 PM in Integrating Fairy Tales and Engineering
I am so glad that I read this post! I would not have thought about this at all, because I often separate fantastical literature from science. I think many others, including students, do, too, and we should definitely avoid this mindset with these wonderful, integrative experiments! Bringing fairy tales to real life can be a powerful motivator for young children!
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Mon, Oct 27, 2014 10:12 PM in Ideas for 2nd Grade science lessons
I was curious about this water cycle in a zip-loc bag experiment and looked it up. I found this video that also gave a great demonstration of this lesson http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4WQBtAJxMbY ' target="_blank"> http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4WQBtAJxMbY " target="_blank"> http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4WQBtAJxMbY ' target="_blank"> http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4WQBtAJxMbY . I liked how...
Mon, Oct 20, 2014 11:36 PM in Animals in the classroom?
I have always thought of getting a classroom pet, because of all the potential informal learning that could happen. Students will naturally be curious about the animal, which can lead to exploration and research. However, I had not thought of the potential risks of keeping a classroom pet, so I am glad that I read this post. I know now that it is important to research the animal and any dangerous ...
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Becoming a Spider Scientist
Thu, Oct 30, 2014 10:28 PM Don't be afraid of spiders!
My favorite part of this article is how the teacher got a sense of how students felt about spiders at the beginning of the project, which were mostly negative views, and then saw how their reactions became more positive. Because of modern technology, I believe that students are less interactive with what is living beside them, and therefore, are more afraid and ignorant. Having students observe and take care of live spiders gradually makes students less afraid and more curious about the spiders. That curiosity motivates students to genuinely learn about spiders. In addition, the spider project easily integrated the English arts with science. Students read Charlotte's Web and talked about the fictional depiction of a spider versus the nonfictional spider. Students also wrote in their journals about personal experiences and reflections about spiders. Hanging spiders with vocabulary terms on a spider web in the classroom also provided students with a grand visual of terms they needed to learn. Overall, this article teaches us the importance of clearing up misconceptions about things in our world and changing how we perceive things for the better.
Augmented Reality Games: Using Technology on a Budget
Thu, Oct 30, 2014 10:02 PM Technology Integration
This article talks about using smartphones and an app that allows students to view virtual objects in the real world. Teachers take advantage of this app by creating a virtual game that takes place in their school. Virtual characters can be created and placed in strategic locations around the school, such as the cafeteria or playground. Students must find these characters around the school, learn from them, and figure out what to do next.
I love this idea, because it can be applied to any subject and tailored to teachers' and school's needs. Characters can ranged from historical figures to pop cultural figures. Students will feel more engaged with the subject, because they will be "talking" and interacting with these characters. The game also gives students a sense of control of their learning, because they are figuring out where the characters and what information they need.
Teachers may be apprehensive about using mobile devices in the school setting, and the article acknowledges this. The article supports the use of mobile devices, because many students have one and good classroom management can keep them from getting distracted. Those who do not have a mobile phone can be placed in a group that shares one. Overall, I think this article can help teachers integrate modern technology in their classroom in an interactive way.
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