My Final S7S

It is with a Heavy Heart and sad final week of classes that I have to report my last S7S for this term.

1) I appreciate all of my teachers this term, and their faith in my and I thank them for never giving up on me.

2) I appreciate my Where I am From poem that I have made as my make, and my books of quotes that I started this term. all of the positive vibes I received this semester has stuck with me.

3) I appreciate Christina Cantrill sharing with us her Six Images. It seems like an amazing idea that I can introduce students to when I start teaching.

4) I appreciate the teacher who asked her what they wished that she knew. Because I think it’s important that every teacher do this in all of their classes. I feel like this could be a way to give kids a safe haven or an outlet or anyway for the teacher to help them. .

5)I appreciate Badges, and Connected Learning in ways I didn’t think I would. Finding new ways to set up meetings and group meetings and different place to come together for a common purpose.

6) I appreciate Clequity, Techquity, and the ability to learn and teach through games.  I Lost the game AGAIN!

7) I appreciate that technology, and connected learning allow  teachers to teach children that the World Is round, and that I can hangout on google with someone in china via technology. I love technology and all it does to help us and our students.


Curating with Connected Learning & Shakespeare

Once students realize Shakespeare was a master of insults, they start to pay attention to his language, not just the plot of the play.
Once students realize Shakespeare was a master of insults, they start to pay attention to his language, not just the plot of the play.

Hello Ed677 friends! Happy Easter to those of you celebrating today. Here is a curated list of Resources I’d like use for teaching Shakespeare in high school. There are thousands of resources out there, so I narrowed down this list to go with some specific goals I have for my 9th grade Shakespeare unit. First off, I am using it for Romeo and Juliet with 9th grade, so you won’t see too much about Shakespeare’s other famous plays. Also, I have taught this play a handful of times already, so I didn’t feel the need to add resources that include comprehension questions, quizzes, handouts, etc. I already have all that stuff from previous years. Here are the type of resources I tried to curate:

1. Interactive ways for me and students to teach/learn/perform Shakespeare.

2. Activities focusing on points of interest that have the ability to draw in reluctant learners.

Ny times
Teaching lessons by the NYTimes are always awesome.

3. Types of activities that require students to prove their

This text message cracks me up. I've been toying with the idea of having students translate dialogue into text-speak. Not only is it fun and creative, but it requires them to understand the main idea of a scene, and challenges them to summarize it with within certain space constraints.
This text message cracks me up. I’ve been toying with the idea of having students translate dialogue into text-speak. Not only is it fun and creative, but it requires them to understand the main idea of a scene, and challenges them to summarize it with within certain space constraints.

understanding of the literature while synthesizing it into something creative and unique.  I’m trying to stray from the boring comprehension questions for each act of the play (although some days those are a necessary evil)  and instead allow students to show their understanding by exploring a talent or hobby they have. (Hmmm, sound familiar? Yep– Connected Learning with Shakespeare!)

I used Pinterest as my curation tool. It’s the most easy to use in my opinion, and I’m able to search very specific key terms. It also uses my previous pins to tailor my start page to links I’m interested in. Hope it helps some fellow ELA teachers out there!

-Kelly


F5F week 10.

1) I appreciate the gift of patient & understanding teachers.

2) I appreciate the gift of amazing students & teachers that share some really motivating and amazing videos that truly make me think of ways to change and how i can use connected learning, and my passion for reading as a gift to help someone else.

3) I appreciate that shared interests make for more amazing learning experiences and that I can share my shared interests with new people all of the time and meet new people everyday.

4) I appreciate that Spring has Sprung, its almost April and the showers have started to bring us those May Flowers. My Tree has little buds on them.

5) I appreciate that through-out this semester i have met many amazing people from many walks of life and they are all pretty amazing.

6) I appreciate YesPhilly and what they are doing for young adults, and the Video Pushouts & Dropouts.

7) I appreciate Joy Kirr’s Passion-Based Learning Video because I am passionate about reading and I want to let me students teach me what they are passionate about.
Enjoy your weekend everyone,

Amy


Connected Learning Week 10

Wow, Week 10! It seems like the semester just started and we are already past the half way point. When I started this Journey into connected learning I definitely felt like I was taking these classes to not only get better at teaching computers, but helping my students do better work with technology.  Technology is a friend, not the enemy, and I find as I work with other teachers that are not tech-friendly they decide against using technology in their own classrooms. Heres what I have learned. Technology is an amazing way to connect with each other in so many lessons. I love the fact that in my class I’ve met several people from the many different Writing projects, as well as people who use Games to teach their classroom. ( I just lost the game)!  I am finding that when I was younger and wanted more than anything to just make different things whether it was cooking or baking, or a bead bracelet/ necklace, Now i can use technology and search for different communities of practice. Take for example author Jane Austen. If you type into your Google search box: Jane Austen there is a Jane Austen Society, you can also search for Jane Austen groups on twitter and Facebook and meet new people that way. I love that technology gives us freedoms to express ourselves as well as connect with amazing people. Connected learning is an amazing tool to have in every school and classroom.

Amy


Manic Monday Fine 5 fun day?

Hi Everyone this is my f5f.

1) I appreciate all of our hangouts. That we get to meet, and chat and truly come together, and discuss Techquity, and clequity, as well as connected learning.

2) I appreciate that my classmates post thoughtful articles and stories that we can all respond to ( Eric’s post) and have a good discussion.

3) I appreciate that Connected learning is creating so many different jobs, as well as creating a purpose for students to come together as a group and share their findings.

4) I appreciate that we have been able to hack our own hacks, that when I write my S7S or S6S or F5F that we have been able to change that.

5) I appreciate our connected learning network as a connected learning discussion board. I love how we can come together online and just talk about connected learning and how we can help our students.

Happy Monday,

Amy


What am I passionate about?

Hi Everyone hope everyone has had an amazing weekend.  My prompt this week was what am I most passionate about with connected learning, and I have to say that truthfully I am most passionate about the fact that in my time as a teacher I will be able to give my students a way to connect with each other in class and out of class. I can create group chats, and hangouts and also a way to connect with their parents. Connected Learning is the future, and I think that being able to connect with the students parents is just another way to make sure that the parents stay active and involved in their child’s education. I also find it truly amazing to teach my students that with one google hangout they can speak to someone in China about one thing our class is discussing. I think that being able to remind our students that America is not the only country in the world, as i said previously the world is round, and I love being able to teach that to my students.

Enjoy your Monday

Amy


#S7S

#s7s

Tomorrow is Read Across America day. I’ve never done anything related in my classes before because I’ve always taught high school. I’m planning on reading The Lorax with my 7th graders. Wish me luck!

Checking out the maps of our journeys was great. Nice to see how everyone has interpreted #677 so far.

The Caine’s Arcade video was awesome. I remember hearing about it before, maybe on Huffington Post or a daytime TV show, like Ellen. But I never saw the video or understood the full idea behind it until I watched it this week. It’s great seeing a child have so much imagination and ingenuity. I think I’ll show it to my students as a treat sometime soon.

Amy- Nice job with the crochet Prezi. My mom picked up crochet a couple years ago and seems like she’s addicted. I tried to learn a couple times but I’m kind of impatient. But it’s worked out for my sisters and I because we all got handmade hats and scarves for Christmas. I like your template—I need to play around with Prezi more to see what it offers.

Hitch- #thedress was EVERYWHERE this week. I’m sure you’re ready to forget about it even more than the rest of us! But your lesson on perception was really neat. A perfect example of how to take advantage of a teachable moment.

Our department is creating a list of supplies to request next year’s budget. Does anyone have experience with the device called the “lady bug”? It’s a tool that allows you to project paper documents onto your Smartboard. It’s great for editing essays as a class or showing student work. If anyone has one, let me know how you like it?

Hope everyone had an awesome weekend. I’m going now; I have to put a spoon under my pillow, put my PJ’s on inside out, and do a dance in the front yard. #snowdayplease

-Kelly


REMINDERS FOR MYSELF!!!

Hey Everyone I really really really need to set some reminders for myself to remember to blog. Sorry this is so so so late. Our prompt was: What are you making? And what you noticing about your making? What questions does it raise re: connected learning, equity, and teaching?

I am currently crocheting  a blanket. I have noticed that as I make it, I wonder what it would be like to teach my students an activity. For example, I would love to teach them how to make  potholders, and connect it to making how to videos, I would also love for them to teach each other one thing that they know how to do. I want them to connect to each lesson and take from it that they are able to succeed in each lesson that they are given.  I want to discover how I can teach children to use safe searches in the classroom to locate information for their classes. I want to teach my children #Techquity, #clequity, and teach them to use their connections for a positive outcome in their own futures.

Enjoy your weekend’s

Amy T.


Forgotten s7s

Our prompt this week was our journey in Ed 677 as well as our life and I’d like to take sometime to reflect on that.
1. I am grateful for my  amazing for family pushing me to go back to school. I’m never confident in my ability and they always say the right things to make me more confident in myself.
2. I am actually grateful that I was let go from my last job because if they hadn’t let me go than I wouldn’t have my amazing job and I wouldn’t be back at school.
3. I am grateful to  Arcadia university for making sure  that we have the tools we need to be successful  student’s.
4. I am grateful for my high school English professor for pushing me to read as much as I can, because without her I wouldn’t be where I am today.
5. I am truly grateful to have the most amazing friends a girl can ask for. They tell me what I need to hear not what I want to hear.
6. I am grateful to all of my Arcadia professors,  all of whom have helped me grow professionally as well as personally.
7. Lastly I am thankful to God for giving me the direction I needed in my life. Without his presence in my life I’m not sure where I would be.

I am so truly thankful for this particular assignment because it is very rare that I get to think about everything I’m grateful for and what I appreciate in my life. So thank you Professor for this assignment it means more to me than you realize
Enjoy your week everyone.
Amy T.

Amy T.


#S7S Take 2

Hello everyone, I hope you have all had an amazing Valentines day and are going to enjoy your Presidents day. Today I am so excited to share my week with everyone.

1. I appreciate getting the amazing chance to meet several people in our class this past Friday Evening.

2. I appreciate the chance that I get to discover through our posts, and through our collaborative learning that I have discovered that trying to explain to young children what technology is and connected learning is trying to tell them that the world is round.

3. I appreciate the posts from my classmates, with many different quote. A friend of mine taught me a valuable lesson in one quote : “Life as a teacher begins the day you realize you are always learner”. I connect with this post on so many levels. As a teacher my students teach me new things everyday. As a Student my Teachers teach me new things everytime we meet, and it simply amazes me and moves me everyday.

4. I appreciate my Professors input in very many ways without their guidance I would not be the student I am today.

5. I appreciate that with my working hands I can give back to my community in so many ways, but with my 2 working hands I can give my crying student a hug, or teach her that 4 toy gorillas is the same weight as 24 toy bananas.

6. I appreciate that I am able to meet new people in my class each week to teach me something new related to technology. I.E. Book hacking, game hacking, book jams, techquity, and Connected learning.

7. Last but Certainly not least, I appreciate that with everyday my students ask me a question and I am able to answer it because I actually get to tell them that the world is round and watch the reaction on their faces. I can teach them book hacks, and games and connected learning and tell them they can talk to their family in another country.

I love Technology, and the power it gives to child learners.

I hope everyone has an amazing week, and that Everyone is well.

Amy T.