For my research project I am going to look at quantitative data first. Once I have each student's reading level and Spanish, I will divide the students in cooperative groups. The groups will be heterogeneous so students can help each other and learn from each other. (Burris, Carol Corbett, and Welner Kevin G. "Closing the Achievement Gap by Detracking." The Phi Delta Kappan 86.8 (2005): 594-98. Web.) I will also be looking at qualitative data by noting observations of how students communicate with each other, collaborate and use critical thinking skills as well as how they use their creativity in the different tasks I purposely plan. I will be conducting 4 lessons. Each lesson will focus on the 4 c's but each day it will have a different focus. The students will be analyzing literature, and responding to the through comparing the week's essential question to their daily lives.
After taking these classes this summer, I feel a bit more brave about technology and all the resources available online. I know I am behind on technology, and I don't feel proud to admit it. I am glad I stepped out my comfort zone to try out new things. Here's a mini album using "ANIMOTO" It's not perfect, but I liked it. I will be using it to share pictures with parents, and for second language lessons. I teach a class called SLD (Spanish Language Development) while everybody else teaches ELD (English Language Development) Animoto is a great way to show illustrations to vocabulary.
The school year is here. I've been working long hours, and have spent many hours setting up the classroom, getting to know my new students, and two new curriculums we're piloting. With Dual Immersion we have to teach out of two curriculums per day. It's fun because one of my passions in life if to teach two languages. Two languages come with a cost. Besides doing everything twice, the students have to be willing to learn two languages. Many of them don't know why their parents chose a bilingual school for them. But, wether they are ready or not here we are navigating the bilingual world with many district demands to meet the primary /priority which is English. Well, not all children learn at the same pace or have the same learning style. For my research I decided to conduct a short study on "Differentiated Instruction with the 4 C's as a focus." I will be conducting 4 lessons about 35 minutes every lesson with independent practice included. Each day I will focus on each of the 4 C's. The details of each lesson plan will be written in the IRB's abstract.
This Prezi presentation lacks a lot of information and images. It is the first one I have ever done, so it's very rough. It is challenging to learn new things, but at the same time it makes me reflect on my own practice as a teacher. The time has come when I can no longer just get by with transitioning from the old standards into Common Core. This is what's been happening to me in the last three years. I love teaching and the classroom is my world, but during the last few years I have been feeling odd about the way I teach. I spent hours on end preparing lessons and activities for kids, yet I felt like all I was doing was busy work without the outcomes I desired. I felt outdated and inappropriate for the demands placed in front of me especially with Common Core. Through the reading of Linda Hammond's Book and exploring about my research project, I have come to realize what was the missing part. I think it's technology and changing my role as a teacher. I need to become a facilitator and not a fountain of information. I need to integrate technology in my lessons as scary as it may seem.
1. Meaningful Learning Goals
2. Intelligent, reciprocal accountability systems
3. Equitable and adequate resources
4. Strong Professional Standards and Supports
5. Schools Organized for student and teaching learning.
The most important thing I learned from this book is the importance of well trained teachers. The system isn't perfect, but as educators we can make small changes within our walls and professional communities. As teachers, we need to be prepared, and need to continue to learn and update ourselves. Within my small world of teaching, we are beginning to grasp the idea of what it means to teach in the 21st century. We have PLC's in place and are beginning collaborate more than in the past. These readings have opened my eyes and made me understand why I have felt so inadequate in the classroom in the last couple of years. I have felt the frustration of working so hard, but yet not making an impact on the students. I now know that the world is changing and teacher preparation, networking, and collaborating with others is key in order to succeed with this technological generation. Other countries are grasping the idea of teaching in 21st century, but we are still behind in America. I've been inspired and challenged to learn more, to start getting out there and lose the fear of technology. I need to network with other professional communities and need to make learning my own, and not wait for the next professional development workshop. I can make change within my small community.
I am still behind on my postings. Today, I will comment on a video I watched last week. It was titled "Making the Declaration of Independence Come Alive" It was a lesson taught by two teachers in L.A. to a group of 10th graders. It looks like the lesson was very well planned and thought out. The objective of the lesson was to connect the Declaration of Independence to American Identity. The teachers used engaging strategies and a great hook to engage the students. They used graphic organizers, power point, and had the students use their devices to find information about the declaration of independence. They were mainly set up in groups to discuss the lesson and create their own knowledge. The students were engaged especially since they were creating their own knowledge, and the teacher wasn't feeding them everything. The teachers prompted several questions and the students had to answer the questions through discussions and reading the specific literature the teachers provided. Watching these videos on technology, and inquiry based strategies has made me reflect on my on teaching. In Napa we're getting better at inquiry based teaching. In fact, our lesson plans and year plan has to have an essential question. One of the reasons I joined this program was to learn how to teach 21st century skills. Last year I felt that I was between the old standards and trying to make sense of Common Core. I felt so unsuccessful and frustrated. These videos have given me hope to innovate the way I teach.
I am about a week behind on my homework. Today, I am posting about last week's reading. I watched many videos and read the chapters about the results of some states in the US who have invested in education. Their investments paid off by having good results. It was depressing to see how California is one of the lowest performing states in education because it isn't willing to invest in our state's future: the children. Chapter 6: It is eye opening to see how other countries are willing to invest in teacher training and preparation, and technology so their children are well prepared for the world when they reach adulthood. Finland: teacher trainings, collaboration and focusing on the needs of needy students. Singapore: Invest in school buildings, technology and teacher training. Every teacher is required to have a master's degree in education. Teachers are well paid, but they are also required to perform well. The videos that impressed me were: Adora Svitah a super gifted child who urges educators to think like children, and to have high expectations. Dalton Sherman's video made me cry. It made me realize that teaching is my true calling in life. I love to help children learn and discover the world. It is overwhelming sometimes because of all the demands placed on us. I think that our only demand should be to place children's needs at the core of our work day. There are so many deadlines, and trainings that we end up not focusing on doing what really matters. What matters at the end of the day is if we're meeting the children's needs and making them grow in their learning.
These videos were inspiring, and made me reflect that teaching is my calling in life. It was amazing to see what children want from their teachers. understood that they want us to be there for them and them, and to think like children in order to let children's imagination flow. Children have great ideas, but teachers just need to nurture those ideas, and guide them as they explore their ideas. After all, children nowadays know much more than any other generation in the history of the world. Instead of creating an educational reform, we need to make a revolution in the world of education. The system in place is outdated. Children need a new system that prepares them for today's demands.
According to Darling Hammond's first few chapters the world is becoming flat as a result of globalization. We can now access any type of information at any given time of day anywhere we can have internet connection. It has made us uniform in terms of accessing knowledge. However, In the US we aren't preparing our youth for today's world. Our educational system is so outdated. I was reflecting and wondering if the frustrations that I sometimes face in the classroom are due to our system being so outdated and the district making an attempt to innovate through demanding more and more from teachers. We have data teams, PLC's and so forth, but the reality is we don't have the time to do it all. I end up frustrated for not reaching the children the way I want to.