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November 2010
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What's New @ StarTeaching   Help!  I Can't Find Anything!   Charted Waters
NEW! Tony Vincent's Blog: CNN Student News: iPods in Class Learners, Learning, and Curriculum: The '5 E Model' Themes on Life: 
"Kids Say The Darndest Things"
NEW! Science Activities for Any Setting   10 Days of Writing Prompts   10 Days of Math Problems
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Microlearning (part 1)
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The Writing Process (part 8)
Student Teachers' Lounge: Preparing For Emergency Situations
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Teaching As Story Telling
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Charted Waters

by Chris Sura

Chris Sura, upon earning his Bachelors at Western Michigan University worked for Central Michigan University in Housing before teaching at River Valley High School. When he moved to Houghton Lake where he currently teaches, Chris completed his Masters in Education at Central Michigan University. A member of the Crossroads Writing Project through Ferris State University, he facilitates a conference on Professional Writing every summer and does online instruction through Kirtland Community College. He is married to Heidi, his wife of twenty years, and has two kids, Christopher and Grace. Chris writes poetry and fiction and has self published a book of poems. 

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Being more descriptive in writing is a challenge in many classrooms. Although I use the following activity mostly in creative writing or a poetry unit, I have used it to open up and think outside the box. Actually, it is more inside the box.

The main exercise is to use the five senses and connect them to emotions. I use a chart. Basically across the top, I list the five senses. Down the side, I put the emotions. I first demonstrate with the emotion of happy before challenging the students to come up with more emotions and more connections.

Emotion Sight Sound Taste Touch Smell
Happy Balloons, Smiley Face, Confetti Laughter, Carnival Music, Purring Sweet, Frosting, Cookies Wrapping Paper, Warm, Holding Hands Bakery, Popcorn
Angry Red, Fire, Clenched Fists   Sulfur    
Sad   Rain, Crying   Damp, Tired  

When it is the students turn, I circulate around the room, and I prompt with questions: If I pick up a handful of mad, what would it feel like? How would sad smell? Or with reversal, what emotion would you put with the aroma of fresh cut grass? What does the taste of lemons make you think of?

After some time, I go to the board and ask for someone to give me an emotion and as a class we add to the chart. There are very few bad ideas or connections, and, occasionally, you may have to remind some of your students to be appropriate. What it neat is the variety of response you can get. Depressed smells like rain and feels achy and tired. Paranoid is clammy and smells like sweat. Mad takes and smells like sulfur or ashes. The students get creative.

This lessoned can get tied into a lesson on simile and metaphor. Also, with sight, I can lead into a discussion or lesson on symbols. I have done a mini-lesson on simile and metaphor the day earlier and have transitioned right into this exercise. I follow up with symbolism the next day. However, there is no set order to use when combining these into drills for more descriptive writing.

Assessment takes the form of writing. Whether in a poetry unit or a narrative or descriptive essay unit, the prompts can be just about anything that involves an place or emotion. Whatever direction or writing, I require three senses to be used to describe the setting or reflect the emotion. Students can be asked to write about favorite places to vacation, their room or a place that is uncomfortable like the dentists office. To step up the challenge, I have asked them to describe someplace they have not been like a subway station or a jungle. I encourage them to show how they feel about the place with their descriptions.

With emotions, I start off with them picturing a happy time. What was going on around them while they were happy? Then lead into what they may have smelled while visiting grandma or what sound did they hear while anxiously waiting to be interviewed.

There are a lot of avenues and flexibility to where the writing can go and how you, the teacher, may want to direct your students.

This little chart should develop your students in the uncharted waters of descriptive writing.

 

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CNN Student News: iPods in Class

By Tony Vincent
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Learning in Hand is an educator's resource for using some of the coolest technologies with students.Tony Vincent

Learning in Hand is written by Tony Vincent. Tony taught fifth grade in Omaha, Nebraska for six years, and three of those years his students were pioneers in educational handheld computing. Then, as technology specialist at Willowdale Elementary, Tony brought the newest technologies into classrooms. Whether it was digital video, blogs, email, podcasts, or handhelds, Tony helped Willowdale teachers and students understand the usefulness of new technologies. Currently, Tony is self-employed as an education consultant. He conducts workshops, presents at conferences, and writes books based on his teaching experiences and passion for new technologies.

Always excited to share, Tony has documented much of what he knows about handheld computing and podcasting on his website, learninginhand.com. There you'll find useful software collections, the best webs links for handhelds, complete lesson plans, and an informative blog.

Tony is a teacher who wants to make education effective, relevant, and fun. He knows handhelds are small computers that can make a big difference in classrooms! He hopes Learning in Hand inspires and motivates teachers to use technology that students crave.

CNN Student News is one of my favorite educational podcasts. Early in the morning each school day, CNN makes available a 10 minute commercial-free newscast geared for middle and high schoolers. If you subscribe in iTunes, you can have the each episode automatically downloaded and ready to view on a computer or synced to mobile devices.

Recently CNN Student News had a segment called iPods in Class in their episode for October 18, 2010. It features high school math teacher Robert Tang. He he's managed to provide brand new iPod touches for his students. In the segment you can see a student taking advantage of the iPod touch's camera as he records part of Tang's lecture while taking notes. Another student talks about how useful FaceTime is when collaborating on homework. She can call up a classmate and talk face-to-face and even use the camera to show work on math problems.

While the video is no longer available in iTunes, you can still watch the segment online. iPods in Class begins at the 6:30 mark and is two minutes long. Below is part of the transcript. A full transcript of the episode is available too.

 

STEVE FISCHER, CBC NEWS REPORTER: Christmas came early for students in this grade 11 math class.

ROBERT TANG, LISGAR HIGH SCHOOL MATH TEACHER: Use your iPod Touch and get that out of your way.

FISCHER: Every student has been given one of these: not only to use during class, but to keep for the semester.

TANG: So, as you can see, mine is too small, but just by pinching it...

FISCHER: Five years ago, Robert Tang arranged to get the first SmartBoard in the school. He decided equipping the students with handheld devices was the obvious next step. Tang found a private sponsor to pay for the pilot project.

TANG: When I grew up, it was desktop computers. Then, it went to laptop computers, and now it's the handheld generation. And I think that's something that we can tap into, and the devices such as the iPod Touch is something that really lends itself well to the educational field.

FISCHER: After initially banning cell phones and other handheld technologies, school boards across the province are rethinking their policies. They certainly can be a distraction, but they also offer up a World Wide Web of educational opportunities. It didn't take Tang's students long to embrace the technology.

UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE STUDENT: It's really helpful, 'cause when he shows stuff on the board, you can look at it on your iPod Touch, and it's easier to see things, and it's interactive.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE STUDENT: For example, I can get the math textbook and Mr. Tang's schedule, all on this little device.

UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE STUDENT: If I have any questions to ask, her screen pops up. I can see her face-to-face, ask her face-to-face, and see her work.

FISCHER: School officials say if the results are positive, they may consider expanding the program to other classes. Steve Fischer, CBC News, Ottawa

 

 

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Preparing For Emergency Situations

We know emergency situations can (and will at some point) happen in your class. It may be minor, such as a student becoming sick in your room, or even a practice event like a fire drill or tornado drill. Hopefully you won't encounter a real life-threatening emergency. But you should always be prepared for such instances.

Fire drills are probably the most common situations you will encounter. The best way to handle these is to teach your students what to do in the event of a drill or an actual evacuation. Yes, you can teach this to your students. Fire drills are to be surprises only WHEN they occur, not a surprise in WHAT to do. It is good practice for your students to know exactly what the procedure to follow is. The most important part is to be sure YOU fully understand the school's fire drill procedure and you can confidently teach it to your students.

Making sure all of your students are accounted for is your main responsibility. Thus, your attendance taking is very important. You want to make sure you have a means of carefully checking attendance when you and your students reach your destination. Have your grade book, attendance sheets, or a class roster easily accessible and always in the same location so you can grab it as you leave the room.  I use the class roster file on my handheld because it's always with me. Teach your students to exit the room carefully yet quickly.  Instruct them in which direction to turn from your doorway, and what exit is to be used. Always have your kids line up and stay organized so you can take attendance easily.

And let them know why it's important to maintain composure and control, not playing or wandering around. If you are new to the building, your students will probably already know where to go! The trick will be getting them there quickly and maintaining order.

You'll want to let the students know how to react to different situations. They may find themselves in the hallway heading back from the library, in the rest room, or involved in a group activity in a far corner of your classroom.

Obviously more urgent matters will constitute true emergencies, and it is very difficult to prepare for these. Hopefully your school has a comprehensive plan to cover bomb threats, intruders, inclement weather, and other emergencies. Take time to carefully read through and understand these procedures, so when an emergency does occur, you can confidently lead your students. The students will respond to you when you give direct, confident directions.

 

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  Tech / 21st Century Teaching Corner

Help!  I Can't Find Anything!

By Mark Benn, Middle School Teacher

Mark Benn teaches math and ELA at Inland Lakes Upper Elementary School in Indian River, MI. He completed his Masters of Science from Full Sail University on June 4, 2010, and he can be reached via email at mackinacfurtrader@gmail.com.

If you have ever found yourself saying that, you need to begin to organize yourself.

I'm sure you're wondering what this has to do with technology integration education. Haven't you gotten frustrated with students that can't find anything in their trapper keeper or locker? Because of this lack of organization, there is a loss of valuable time. What about their computer files?

Let's face it, most people aren't born with great organizational skills, they have to learn these skills. When was the last time you taught the students how to organize themselves on a computer? You may have helped them organize a project, but how about continual long term organization? As we move away from pencil and paper and more towards electronic forms, this skill becomes very important. I was reminded of this last school year when I attempted to help a student, I found their desktop so crowded with icons they couldn't find anything. That's when I faced the fact that I hadn't taught them how to organize themselves. Let's take a look at what should be done.

If you are using computers that aren't on a network, then everything should be saved in My Documents. Even here it can become a mess, if not planned out. One idea is to set the computer up with accounts. Then each student has their own My Documents. Within this file you should have them brainstorm what folders they should have. Maybe it should be folders named Language Arts, Social Studies, and so on. Within these folders could be other folders that might be set up for projects, homework, etc. Guide the students through this process without telling them everything. Have them discuss within groups how to organize things, and then share their ideas with the others. This process takes longer then telling, but will get them thinking about organization and taking ownership in it. Then, teach them how to follow a route to save into the correct folder. If you don't want to set up accounts you can always set up folders for each student on the desktop or in the My Documents folder.

If the computers are on a school network, each student should already have their own personal folder. If this isn't set up, have the school IT person set it up. Show the students how to set up a new folder and name it. Also, show them how to rename it. This can be done by right clicking and choosing Rename. Right clicking will also get you a new folder. The same process should be followed as mentioned in the above paragraph.

Now, let's talk about the desktop. The desktop is great for temporary  items and even those should be saved in a folder. If a person is doing a powerpoint and looking for pictures, having a folder on the desktop to drag them to is great. Otherwise, the desktop should be clear for downloads, special folders, or application shortcuts.

Another good teaching strategy is to continue bringing up the discussion of organization throughout the year. Don't stop after one or two sessions on this topic. It is said that to learn a tech skill it takes at least 26 hits, or sessions, to make it a part of you. Also, hold them accountable by periodically checking on their organization . Even give them a grade since this is an important life skill. This raises the importance of this skill to a higher level.

Remember, if done at the beginning of the year, you will lessen your's and your students' frustrations. It also touches on the life skill called time management. If you do this, this time, you'll thank yourself.

 

 

 



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Learners, Learning, and Curriculum: The '5 E Model'
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By Rozina Jumani & Yasmeen Jumani.

 

Keeping in mind the milestones of physical and cognitive age of learners, it is important to highlight how learners participate in learning within and outside school, as whatever they come across it adds into their learning and this scaffolding provided by teachers will lead to meaningful learning as Vygotsky discussed in his thesis, Zone of Proximal Development. Through ZPD, Vygotsky endorses that The level of actual development is indeed the level at which an individual can function independently, whereas the level of potential development is the level at which the person can perform when working with a teacher or a group of students

Though curriculum is meant to seek holistic development of learners that allows learners to construct their own learning. There could be various ways one can ensure the constructionist model of learning, but here based on our action research notion at various schools in urban areas, we would like to suggest 5 E Model that has become pivotal in the teaching experience both working with students and teachers at training programs. This model consists of Engagement, Explore, Explanation, Elaboration, and Evaluation.

During the implementation of 5 E model, teachers and parents are requested to:

Provide frequent, early, positive feedback that supports students beliefs that they can do well.

Ensure opportunities for students success by assigning tasks that are neither too easy nor too difficult

Help students find personal meaning and value their responses by probing further if requires

Create an atmosphere that is open and positive

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Microlearning
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Microlearning deals with relatively small learning units and short-term learning activities. Generally, the term 'microlearning' refers to micro-perspectives in the context of learning, education and training. More frequently, the term is used in the domain of E-learning and related fields in the sense of a new paradigmatic perspective on learning processes in mediated environments on micro levels.

 

Characteristics of Microlearning:

Microlearning processes often derive from interaction with micro content, which takes place either in designed (media) settings (e-Learning) or in emergent micro content structures like web log postings or social bookmark managers on the World Wide Web.

Microlearning can be an assumption about the time needed to solve a learning task, for example answering a question, memorizing an information item, or finding a needed resource. Learning processes that have been called "microlearning" can cover a span from few seconds (e.g. in mobile learning) up to 15 minutes or more. There is some relation to the term micro teaching, which is an established practice in teacher education.

Microlearning can also be understood as a process of subsequent, "short" learning activities, i.e. learning through interaction with micro content objects in small timeframe's. In this case, the design, selection, feedback and pacing of repeated or otherwise 'chained' microlearning tasks comes into view.

In a wider sense, microlearning is a term that can be used to describe the way more and more people are actually doing informal learning and gaining knowledge in micro content, micro media or multitasking environments (microcosm), especially those that become increasingly based on Web 2.0 and wireless web technologies. In this wider sense, the borders between Micro learning and the complementary concept of micro knowledge are blurring.

 

Applications of Microlearning:

* Screen savers which prompt the user to solve small series of simple tasks after a certain amount of inactivity

* Quizzes with multiple choice options on cell phones by use of sms or mobile applications (java midlets, symbian)

* Word of the day as daily RSS-feed or email

* Flashcard-software for memorizing content through spaced repetition

(Look for more in part 2 next issue)

 

 

 

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The Writing Process
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Class Paragraph Writings

This is the eighth article in a series on using the writing process in class. 

The writing process is important to focus on for all teachers.  The Third Day Assignment gets our kids into the swing of essay writing for the year. 

This is the first real attempt by our students to write a paragraph under the rules and guidelines for their grade level. The topic is easy, because it asks them to describe something they learned during the first two days of school. There are dozens of things students learn those two days, in school (classes, passing periods, lunch time, recess) and out of school (at home, at practice, at clubs or organizations, with their families or friends).

Brainstorming and organizing are key to the first paragraph, so we spend a great deal of time in discussion of the topic. It is important that each student has a concrete example to use in his or her paragraph. Have students fill out the graphic organizer, and go over it with them. Even pair up students if necessary. Teach the prewriting at this point and work hard at it so the students can go through this step quickly in the next writing assignment coming up in a few days.

Be sure to allow a generous amount of time this day for the extended teaching of the prewriting and the students' attempt at writing out a paragraph. Now we know some students will be good at this and really fly through it, and that's fine. Make sure those students have a secondary assignment to work on when they're done. Your real task is getting those middle-of-the-road and below average writers kicked in. Keep the time period risk free and encourage your kids, but also prod and push them to finish. Regardless of how much they completed, be sure to collect ALL the essays at the end of the class period.

Keep in mind that this is the first attempt by your students, and there will be a few pretty good ones, several ok ones, and probably a lot of bad ones. Keep the encouragement going. You want the kids to give you an excellent effort, even if it is a poor product. It's much easier to improve the writing than the student's effort

 

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"Kids Say The Darndest Things"
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Themes on Life

Sometimes we need a little chuckle to keep our positive attitude at school ...

Below is a compilation of actual student bloopers collected by teachers from 8th through 12th grades.
  • Ancient Egypt was inhabited by mummies and they all wrote in hydraulics. They lived in the Sarah Dessert and traveled by Camelot. The climate of the Sarah is such that the inhabitants have to live elsewhere.
  • The Bible is full of interesting caricatures. In the first book of the Bible, Guinessis, Adam and Eve were created from an apple tree. One of their children, Cain, asked, "Am I my brother's son?"
  • Moses led the Hebrew slaves to the Red Sea, where they made unleavened bread which is bread made without any ingredients. Moses went up on Mount Cyanide to get the ten commandments. He died before he ever reached Canada.
  • Solomom had three hundred wives and seven hundred porcupines.
  • The Greeks were a highly sculptured people, and without them we wouldn't have history. The Greeks also had myths. A myth is a female moth.
  • Actually, Homer was not written by Homer but by another man of that name.
  • Socrates was a famous Greek teacher who went around giving people advice. They killed him. Socrates died from an overdose of wedlock. After his death, his career suffered a dramatic decline.
  • In the Olympic games, Greeks ran races, jumped, hurled the biscuits, and threw the java.
  • Eventually, the Romans conquered the Greeks. History calls people Romans because they never stayed in one place for very long.
  • Julius Caesar extinguished himself on the battlefields of Gaul. The Ides of March murdered him because they thought he was going to be made king. Dying, he gasped out: "Tee hee, Brutus."
  • Nero was a cruel tyranny who would torture his subjects by playing the fiddle to them.
  • Joan of Arc was burnt to a steak and was cannonized by Bernard Shaw.
  • Finally Magna Carta provided that no man should be hanged twice for the same offense.
  • In mid-evil times most people were alliterate. The greatest writer of the futile ages was Chaucer, who wrote many poems and verses and also wrote literature.
  • Another story was William Tell, who shot an arrow through an apple while standing on his son's head.
  • Queen Elizabeth was the "Virgin Queen." As a queen she was a success. When she exposed herself before her troops they all shouted "hurrah."
  • It was an age of great inventions and discoveries. Gutenberg invented removable type and the Bible. Another important invention was the circulation of blood. Sir Walter Raleigh is a historical figure because he invented cigarettes and started smoking. And Sir Francis Drake circumcised the world with a 100 foot clipper.
  • The greatest writer of the Renaissance was William Shakespeare. He was born in the year 1564, supposedly on his birthday. He never made much money and is famous only because of his plays. He wrote tragedies, comedies, and hysterectomies, all in Islamic pentameter. Romeo and Juliet are an example of a heroic couplet. Romeo's last wish was to be laid by Juliet.
  • Writing at the same time as Shakespeare was Miguel Cervantes. He wrote Donkey Hote. The next great author was John Milton. Milton wrote Paradise Lost. Then his wife died and he wrote Paradise Regained.
  • During the Renaissance America began. Christopher Columbus was a great navigator who discovered America while cursing about the Atlantic. His ships were called the Nina, the Pinta, and the Santa Fe. Later, the Pilgrims crossed the ocean, and this was called Pilgrim's Progress. The winter of 1620 was a hard one for the settlers. Many people died and many babies were born. Captain John Smith was responsible for all this

 

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