I've taken on the challenge to contribute to "A Slice of Life" each Tuesday on the Two Writing Teachers website https://twowritingteachers.org/challenges/. I've added a page to my blog called "Slice of Life" Here you'll be able to read what's been on my mind or little snapshots of life--like we ask our students to write about. Hope you enjoy it. Maybe you'll also write your own Slice of Life story.
As the school year nears its end, it still feels as if we are running full speed ahead towards that elusive finish line! I'm wondering who in the world has time to read my blog right now??? Hopefully, after those report cards are finished you'll have a moment to catch up on your e-mails and check out this post. Once the car is packed with the good-bye gifts and miscellaneous odds and ends to take home over the summer, and all the dust has settled, the end of the school year is a time for reflection. We all have accomplished so much that we can feel great about. I'm sure each of you has your own personal "barrel moments" this school year: making a difference with that one child whom you thought would be your undoing, reaching out to "that parent", making a reader out of a student who thought he couldn't do it, instilling the power of "yet" in young minds, getting through "Go Math" . . . Every day that I was able to get you that book you needed, help you think through a lesson, help with a computer problem, model a lesson with your class, teach with you side by side--those were my barrel moments. Thank you for inviting me into your classrooms, into your collaboration and planning meetings, and into your "heads" as you worked through lessons and wonderings. Most of all, thank you for helping me grow as an educator. I hope you benefited as much from our work together as I did! I look forward to continuing to grow with you next school year.
So for now, go---enjoy reading something for pleasure! (Of course if you need some suggestions, just ask!)
As you know, a survey will be sent out on Monday asking for your input regarding the Resource Teacher Program. I encourage you all to respond to the survey. It is important that everyone's voices be heard, not just the voices of the dissatisfied, as is sometimes the case.
I've been trying to imagine how my role is being perceived. Looking back at my notes and reflecting on the work I've done so far, I found myself saying, "Oh yeah, I forgot I did that!" Then it occurred to me that if I've forgotten about some of the things, then maybe you have too! So here's a brief recap:
I know many of your students will do research projects this upcoming quarter. Rather than a typewritten report or the usual Power Point, why not try video presentations? While at the CUE Conference, I learned how students can show what they know through easy video projects. One program they can use is Animoto. I was able to put together a short video during the training. If I can do it, your students surely can! Another easy option is called "live action/paper slide". This involves students making a stack of about 10 large sheets of paper with words and/or pictures. Students talk, move the paper, then talk again, move the paper, etc. Planning ahead is the key to success! Students sketch out a storyboard of their presentation before actually videoing. I would love to work with your students with either of these video techniques! Once their research is complete, we could probably put the videos together in about five days. Let's schedule it now!
Last Thursday, Friday, and Saturday I attended the 2016 CUE Conference in Palm Springs, CA. As a first timer, I felt my head begin to spin with all of the choices of events to attend! By the time I left on Saturday, I came away more confident and inspired to begin branching out into the world of technology. Over the weekend, I sent my first tweet (I know that sounds so lame), set myself up on Facebook, and resolved to begin blogging! My goal with this blog is to make what I do as a Resource Teacher more visible and accessible. Chula Vista Hills teachers--I'm eager to share what I learned at the CUE Conference! More to come later . . .