Welcome. I teach in western new york and have a learning community site. I am looking for collaborative relationships as well!
I teach 9th and 11th grade social studies! I would like to work with other subject area teachers to create materials to be shared. It would also be great to find students in other parts of the country and world to work jointly on projects relating to social problems like the environment, poverty, education, etc!
You will find much to learn here. The support of the community is great!
Sounds great!!! I teach in Akron. I grew up in Cheektowaga myself! Take a look at my site and email me at firstname.lastname@example.org and we can talk! I would suggest that we think of a general topic tied to your curriculum. If it has social implications I can tie it to my global history class and my US History class (juniors) as well. WONDERFUL!! Perhaps we could plan for something in March? or late Feb? I start reviewing for the regents in April so I would suggest we think of something which we could conclude before then. See if you can get others involved as well, and so will I.
I live in the rual end of Dinwiddie County, and taught at Nottway High School, Greensville County High School, Southside Elementary in Dinwiddie, and other schools in Dinwiddie as I was winding down my career. We don't go to Virginia Beach very much, since hubby's family has beachfront property in Mathews county, right on the Bay.
My cousin's daughter (whose name eludes right now), teaches science in a high school. She started out as a PE/Health teacher, and now teaches the sciences including anatomy. She teaches at Conrad Weiser High School somewhere in Berks County.
I am hoping to find historians, college level, and history buffs, to discuss some of my readings with to create more stories under My Own Books.: http://www.educationalsynthesis.org/books ... I've been doing some reading about the middle colonies, PA & NY, especially regarding relations with Native Americans. As I wrote some of my first books, there were a number on Virginians, and I was able to get "free" editing and details from the Virginia historians. I would like to be able to do the same with PA.
I would enjoy discussing PA History with a class or two of students. We can learn from each other, and they may have some excellent suggestions on new stories that I can develop.
BTW, if you are at the other end of the state, I have a sister living in a small town outside Pittsburgh who just earned her masters. She is working as a teacher for the Department of Corrections preparing inmates to return to society as their sentences are ending.
Do not get into a mode of thinking that when you retire you have to close the door behind you. Just think of the ways in which you can continue to be an educator in retirement. I've been retired for 3 years now, and I've got a pretty good website to show for my efforts.
You are right that it is silly to expect technologically savvy children to have to learn how to draw letters before they can learn to write and spell. Just before I retired, I came in contact with a "new" study on learning to read, that insisted that children cannot learn to read untili they can print letters in handwriting. Arrrrrggggghhhhh! What about kidcs with little or no use of their hands? Does this mean that those who did this research think such children are incapable of leaning too read? Ba, Humbug. I would like to see a reading program developed (or learn of one that exists, perferably online and free), that begins introducing the alphabet via the keyboard. While learning to identify the letters, they can be pressing the key and putting the letter on the screen, upper and lower case. By combining letters, they can make "pretend" words, and create a story. Children have done this with handwriting in the past, and I think it would be a good way to introduce reading to children - on a screen rather than in a book/on paper.
It is time to think outside the box ---- take all of our assumption about how to educate children, and re-examine them one by one, discarding those that are out-moded.
Please join Derek and others interested in the subject, in my new forum on here called "Future Schooling", and let's see if we can get something to out-twinkle the stars!
Hi! I am a newly hired technology trainer. I'm trying to quickly get up to speed on Web 2.0 so I can share it with the teachers in our district and, wow, is it overwhelming. Where to begin? I'm so glad I found this site to help me with it!