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Homeschooling April 19, 2010

I read a blog done by a mother who homeschools her children. While this mother does in fact seem to be doing a great job, as far as I can tell, it makes me wonder, are her children losing out on the typical school experience?

This mother seems to have great resources that are rich and educational and she also blogs that her children are involved in various activities with other children in the community, but I still feel like they are missing out. Some studies have shown that homeschooling is a great way for children to learn and I agree to an extent. I think that there are some children out there, children with speical needs or who have been through a particulary intense trauma,  who would benefit from a more private education. But I think the goal should be to get that student back into mainstream education.

Another question about homeschooling I have is how does the parent know she or he is actually capeable of teaching a student who is perhaps past the middle school level.  How will that student cope when he or she enters the real world? Will the social skills needed to succeed be there?

I have never talked to a home schooled parent or child and I supose that is the real place I should be directing my questions.  🙂

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Language Arts Genre Wiki April 8, 2010

Here is the wiki I created. It focuses on language arts and genres of reading, which is what my second lesson will focus on!

 

Google Docs- a potential lifesaver

I think about this class often. I try and think in interesting blog topics that also relate to class in someway and I think of of the technology too.

The other day, last Tuesday to be exact I learned my computer was about to crash. Great- all my documents (I was mainly concerned with word docuemtns and pictures) would be lost forever.  That is until I remembered Google Reader. I uploaded ALL my documents and presto- they are safe. Any other word documents I may need to create before the dreaded crash happens I am doing in Google Docs and they are safe!

What a great resource for students to use, not only to protect documents, but also to have the ability to access them from anywhere! I just thought I share my first non CEP class use of Google Docs!

 

Reading Fluency and Word Recognition April 6, 2010

In my TE class we have been talking about fluency and word recognition, so I thought I’d share my thoughts oin the topic…

When talking about assessing the two the running record was the main approach used for word recognition and fluency. It is important for teachers to be continually assessing both word recognition and fluency through out the year. Although it may be difficult to do formal assessments for every student it is important that the teacher does assess every student a few times throughout the year in order to understand and meet every students’ needs. Once formal assessments are done the teacher can then transition into more informal and daily assessments to gauge progress.

It is important to note that the majority and the most effective recognition and fluency assessments are oral, since the teacher needs to hear what the student is saying. Word recognition and fluency are difficult to assess since they typically need to be assessed orally and not all students are strong oral readers, they may get nervous and perform poorly, when in reality they have excellent word recognition and fluency when reading silently.

 

Technology for Week 11 March 30, 2010

Filed under: Reading/Literacy,Technology in the Classroom — meganmeyering @ 9:43 pm
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For this week’s blog post I decided to explore wiki spaces.  I was first introduced to wiki spaces last semester and helped create one, this semester I actually created my own.

Wiki spaces are designed for people to essentially create their own web page.  It is very user friendly and the layout makes it quite easy to figure out. The only negative side is that there are not many creative options.

For younger students I could see this used as a teacher based resource, teachers create a wiki then have the students use it as a resource.

It would be great and beneficial for older students to create their own wiki spaces. It is a great way for students to learn how to research and organize data. It also gives the students a really concrete final project that they can display to others.

I also see wiki spaces as a useful way for teachers to communicate with parents ans students since it is a site that can be accessed from any computer.  It can be a place for students and parents to look at for news as well as educational links ans activities.

Here is a link to one of the wikis I created.

 

Tabblo as a Tool March 23, 2010

I gave a brief introduction to Tabblo in my blog post “Abby Jo Tabblo.”

Tabblo is a great resource for students to create reports, but in a more creative way. The downside to using Tabblo for a report type project would be the lack of text space available. I actually see Tabblo used in every class.  Some examples include:

Math- each picture should be the step of a math problem or a picture of a story problem and the caption could actaully be the steps taken within the picture.

Science- I mentioned the example of a catepillar to butterfly with description and detail in the captions.

Social Studies-  Tabblo could be used to showcase different cultures and/ or cultueral events again with descriptons in the cations.

Language Arts/ English- Each picture could represent a simile and the caption could be the simile.

I like Tabblo becasue it can be adapted for any grade, it is very direct and simple to do and it can be done on virtually any computer (no software or microphones are needed.) It is also a great way for shy students to express themselves and gves tech savvy students an outlet to really showcase their abilities. There are so many uses for Tabblo in the classroom, from teacher based to student centered that it is a very valuable tool and I am definitely happy it is the one I choose.

 

Abby Jo Tabblo

Click here to see the tabblo I did on Abby Jo, who is actually my boyfriend’s dog.

I could really see using Tabblo in a classroom for older students to use to tell their own story. For younger and older students I think that it would be a great way to show the progress of something. I am specifically thinking that it could be used in science to show the progression from caterpillar to butterfly.