My class had a number of friendship issues which were bubbling to the surface and happened to pop yesterday afternoon into and for my immediate attention. I listened to and questioned my students to uncover what the issues were. I found that they were wanting friendships for good reasons but possibly practicing unhealthy social skills. They understood why they needed friendships but they were struggling with how to act to maintain healthy friendships.
I pondered overnight on an effective way to help my students help themselves. In the morning over our daily arrival coffee, Leigh Ann and I were continuing our delightful never ending discussion about everything and anything. I shared my challenge and she, as usual drew from her wealth of ideas, suggesting I use a Verb Poem. She learned about the “How to be a Shark” poem approach from a Writer’s Workshop. Perfect! A poem format existed that was based on exactly what I wanted them to express in words - HOW. How was about doing so verbs were about to come alive with a relevance I’ve never seen before.
Only very new to using Twitter, I was pleased to finally have a rapid and effective way to find professional conversations, links and topics that I am interested in and need for my professional development. I recently found Erin Mahollitz and her website, Teaching Mahollitz: Tales from a Third Grade Classroom via Twitter. As my goal is to better my craft of teaching through learning and reflection, I have found her two posts on the topic of reflection, SOLSC: Rethinking Reflection and Cultivating A Reflective Practice, thoughtful and useful to my practice. If you are reading my posts, you may find her reflections of interest to you too. From Singapore to Estonia, thank you Erin.
Within this post, technology is mainly referring to the use of computers.
One of my students brought in a little device to share with the class made of two old plastic cards, sticky tape and a single rubber band. When stretched open, folded over and released it snapped and jumped into the air. We dubbed it the Card Clapper. Another student happened to also bring in a solar powered fan cap.
This had direct relevance to our Central Idea, Energy comes from many sources, exists in different forms, is changed, stored and used in different ways. I immediately took a picture on my iPhone and posted it on our class Weebly website posing, “How does it work?” as optional homework.
A reflective learner gives thoughtful consideration to their own learning and experience. They are able to assess and understand their strengths and limitations in order to support their learning and personal development. Taken from our International Baccalaureate’s Learner Profile.
Our Unit of Inquiry’s Central Idea is People Throughout History Have Made A Difference With Their Inventions. I would like to improve my ability to reflect effectively and model this for the students. I also want to model the Creative Problem Solving process they are learning about.
Student’s are working together to discuss what each part of the Creative Problem Solving process means and need to agree on the order in which to place each part.
Each group works very well together. They are on task, respectful and cooperative. Do they know how? Are they aware of the skills they need and are using so well?
As this is my first post, I guess it's all about new beginnings. Leigh Ann and I are very excited to see where ProDivas! goes and how effective our website will be. We formed ProDivas! this school year when we began teaching together and out of our shared and keen interest in self-professional-improvement by learning from each other. We thought that others like us may want the same.
Hi, I am Natasha Hutchins an international teacher collaborating, exploring and sharing ideas with others, like myself from around the world, for our collective professional development and enjoyment of learning and teaching.