I am employed by the University of Arizona. I relocated to Arizona after my mother became sick and needed help. I am presently training to be a coach for area high schools participating in the Safe and Supportive Schools (S3) grant. I was formerly a middle school teacher, twenty years as a special educator for the emotionally, behaviorally, and learning disabled populations. The other six were spent as an eighth grade language arts and technology instructor.
I am also the mother of three sons with the youngest being eighteen.
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Hi Carla, My name is Leon Avrech in San Jose CA. I am a retired middle school teacher, vice principal, principal and mentor teacher. I have a passion to help new teachers. I have written a book that is an enormous help to new middle school teachers or those at the university level planning to teach. My book, "THINK YOU CAN TEACH? A SURVIVAL GUIDE FOR NEW MIDDLE SCHOOL TEACHERS" is an enormous help to teachers of all grade levels. 37 yrs. experience for $10. My book begins with the first day on campus to the end of year evaluation. Available at amazon.com barnesandnoble.com and ebook format at xlibris.com. Please help me help others. LEON AVRECH San Jose CA. PS: AZ beat my CAL Bears Saturday, the final seconds. For me, I didn't sleep all night. lol
Hi Carla! Just continuing from my previous message :) Last year I used Quia.com to test my students on the use of the words sit, sat, and set. It saved me a lot of grading. All I did was enter the questions into the form providing by Quia and let each student take the assessment on their own. They did it faster, because they're good with the computer and typing, we graded nothing in class, and the whole ordeal was over with in just a few minutes. If it was done by paper it would have taken us much longer! It save me a big headache. The only thing I had to do was invest the time to learn and use the online software and develop the e-quiz.
I also started a project with my students in which they would voice their opinions that were important to them through a podcast, blog, or YouTube video -- we didn't have time at year's end to finish it -- but perhaps we'll take up the project next year.
This coming school year I'm planning on using Glogster a lot. Basically you can create an online poster to show what you've learned throughout the year -- you can add videos, audio, text, pictures, and design it to you heart's content. It's fun, interactive, and can be a great assessment. Here's the link to the video by Wendry Drexler if you want to check it out : http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YEls3tq5wIY&feature=player_embedded
It's a video by a 7th grade student using Glogster as a school assignment.
I hope through Ning we can exchange some great ideas for the Language Arts classroom:)
Happy New Year! I was wondering if you, your educator contacts or students would be interested in participating in a nationwide Vocab Video Contest @ MIT university. We'd really like to get more students involved from Illinois!
You can view contest details at BrainyFlix.com Please let me know. Thanks!
Welcome Carla to my group DigiSkills! Additonally I´ve created a Diigo Group für Digiskills members in order to share our bookmarks - would love if you decide to join as well.