I am a senior at UTTyler and I want to teach 1st or 2nd grade! I want to be a teacher because I love children and I loved going to school when I was a little girl because school was so much fun. My fourth-grade teacher, Mrs.Bosley, made learning really fun and I didn't feel like I was doing "work" I felt like I went to school to play and explore new things. I want to be that kind of teacher for all my students! My daughter and I collect rocks mainly because she loves looking for "special and rare" rocks, we have rocks from the different states we have traveled through.
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Sun, Feb 23, 2020 11:40 AM in New Teacher
What are some tips/ideas for hooking the learners' attention that could be used for any subject?
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Welcome to Rock Day
Wed, Apr 15, 2020 4:36 PM Welcome to Rock Day
I chose this article because I have a love for rocks! This journal article seemed interesting to me because I could use information from this article not only in my future classroom, but also with my own children. Something I learned is that you can include bodily kinesthetic activities into learning about rock types and the rock cycle! This is something I wouldn’t have thought about on my own and is yet another way to make this topic fun for students to learn. A TEK that could be used with this article is 2.7A, the student is expected to observe, describe, and compare rocks by size, texture, and color. I could use this information to teach a unit in the rock cycle and the different types of rocks. There are a lot of ideas to use from this article and they are all engaging. I agree with this whole article because it is well written and easy to understand. It provides very detailed information on how you can recreate what they did.
Pushes, Pulls, and Playgrounds
Wed, Apr 15, 2020 4:01 PM Pushes, Pulls, and Playgrounds
I chose to add this article to my collection because it seemed like something fun, I could learn from to use in my future classroom. This topic is versatile and fun for kids to engage in learning with. I learned that during the class period, a list of motion words (run, jump, skip) can be created and displayed on the word wall for students to refer to. A TEK that could be used with this article is 1.6C, he student is expected to demonstrate and record the ways that objects can move such as in a straight line, zig zag, up and down, back and forth, round and round, and fast and slow. I could use this information to take children to the playground and have them take their science journals with them so they could record the various ways objects move. I agree with using familiar objects for the investigation while activating prior knowledge. If students can relate the new learning to something, they are already familiar with, the learning is more substantial.
Wed, Apr 15, 2020 3:36 PM Formative Assessment Probes Is It Living?
I chose to add this journal article to my collection because assessments are such a critical component of the classroom. This article caught my attention because I taught a lesson over living and non-living things in a kindergarten class recently. I was intrigued and wanted to see how I could have improved how I assessed students. Something new I learned from this article was the probes. The formative assessment probes are used to reveal what ideas students bring to their learning before instruction begins as well as the ideas formed throughout the learning. A TEK that would go with this article is K.9A, the student is expected to differentiate between living and non-living things based upon whether they have basic needs and produce offspring. I could use this information to investigate the different levels of understanding about the topic that there is amongst my students and to better help them improve their knowledge of it. Something I agree with in using the formative assessment probes is that students need to be given the opportunity to work in small groups to discuss their ideas before engaging in whole-class discussion. This way students can learn from one another and see others’ perspectives besides their own.
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