I am to start student teaching in the Spring and am having great difficulty with all of this technology. I am a bit overwhelmed by it. I am 60 years old and can surf the net, do word, excellent in Excel and pretty good in PowerPoint, but this blogging is getting me down. I can't seem to get the hang of loading videos, can't add my voice to anything and am becoming more and more lost everyday. I will be a Social Studies teacher....is there hope for me?
Hello everyone! I am Laura Beahan I am currently opening a new school that has the first partnership with the space foundation. I am in Colorado Springs. Some of the struggles(ie nothing works, class sizes of 40+) we are going through are really tough and on top of all of this we are looking forward to starting project based learning in January and I am looking for people that I can help me as I start to develop this unit and work on getting the other science teachers on board with this style of learning.
Hi Laura, Check out "Seamless Curriculum" at www.marionbrady.com for ideas! I'm a homeschool mom (Grade 7) and I hope your school isn't a copy of our public school system? I always wondered why teachers didn't use dividers in classrooms and just add a teacher to the room? Maybe sides could alternate...one side handles discussions and the other handles projects? Just an idea from a homeschool mom..with a class size of 1. :) Michelle www.monarchrock.com (My homeschool site has some great science links, and everything on it is FREE.. if that helps?!!)
Michelle. Thank you so much for the link. We are gettng another teacher soon to help with the overcrouding. I have my classroom set up with stations that the students have to visit and they have a lot of hands on. I think homeschooling is harder than teaching in a classroom keep up the good work.
Hi Laura: I think that teaching takes a lot of creativity, whether you have a 'learning disabled' child or a 'genius'. I don't personally care for labels, grades, or standards. My main concern is to teach the LOVE of learning and to guide. My son is at the 'genius' end of the spectrum, so he gets bored easily. No matter 'what end of the spectrum' a child is at, once their learning style has been identified (Visual, Auditory, Tactile, etc.) then you proceed to present subject matter in that style. I really can't imagine how this can be done in a class size of 30, unless you do a weekly approach towards each style and maybe then you can sort out the curriculum in a way that fairly addresses each style. I think discussion time should be at the forefront because when kids feel like their opinions matter (at ANY age!) they tend to pay more attention to the teacher's guidance. Of course, in public schools, you really need to have complete cooperation from the parents...so glad I don't have to deal with THAT issue! I think the whole system needs reform and maybe then when those children grow up and become parents our society will have a better chance at intellectual growth. It seems to me that we're seeing more bullying, absenteeism, apathy, and disenchantment in our public schools...I could be wrong, but from what I've seen personally, I prefer to homeschool. The hardest thing about homeschooling (in my opinion) is going UP a grade level each year! It requires an awful lot of research and creative energy. I always worry about 'gaps' in education...that's why I use a more seamless approach...and then I still worry that I'm not doing better and am constantly looking for ways to improve my style...I guess that's why I'm on THIS blog! :) Have a great time setting up your new classroom!
Hi, I am Blair Swecker form Mechanicsville Virginia. I am attending University of Richmond to get my teaching license after raising my two kids. I currently work with children with multi-categorical special needs and autism. My students are wonderful and hope to have them in my classroom next year. It is just a challenge to take this on much later in life and the support has been wonderful.
I really liked your presentation. I work with elementary age Autistic and MR children in Virginia. Our students love to go out and do any kind of gardening. I just can't keep mine very clean. Your students did a great job. Where did you plant the trees and what other group projects have you done with your students?