Monday, January 14, 2019


As you start a career as an educator, it is imperative to have a strong code of ethics. Having a strong code of ethics involves being a professional with your colleagues and students. Educators have influence in the classroom to follow and enforce rules. Laws indicate what can and cannot be done. Ethics are what people should and should not do.

Why do you think ethical behavior standards and legal responsibilities related to education are important?

Post your response in the comments by 11:59 pm on Friday, January 18th.

Monday, December 3, 2018

Last Blog Post of 2018!

This is your last blog post for the semester! YAY! As the semester winds down, take some time to reflect on your internship experience thus far. What were some highs and lows? What are something you could improve upon for next semester? What have you really enjoyed and what have you not liked so much? What do you think could be done differently about our class time together? Is there something you would like to learn about that we haven't covered yet?

Please post your remarks by 11:59 pm on Friday, December 7th.

Monday, November 26, 2018

Developmentally Appropriate Classrooms

Have you ever wondered what your classroom says about you and your students?  What would an outsider's first impression be of your classroom? Is your room filled with engaging materials?  Is your curriculum appropriate? Do you plan for transitions? Do you use positive guidance with the children?

All of these factors work together to build a classroom that is developmentally appropriate - a place that is comfortable, safe, and secure. The developmentally appropriate classroom is a carefully planned room where children can initiate learning. It is a place that meets the needs of the children and provides materials that are age appropriate, individually appropriate, and culturally appropriate.

Research has shown that children in developmentally appropriate programs are less stressed, less anxious about tests, better creative thinkers, and better communicators. However, children have a number of limitations depending on their developmental level.  Educators must ensure that children are provided with an age appropriate, individually appropriate, and culturally appropriate environment.
There are many aspects involved in making a classroom developmentally appropriate, including: the physical environment, curriculum, teacher involvement and parent involvement. These aspects should be integrated so children get the best experience possible from their classrooms.

The developmentally appropriate classroom is a safe, secure, and stimulating place where each child can grow physically, socially, emotionally, and cognitively. Classrooms should consist of developmentally appropriate materials and learning centers for the children to explore. The general
atmosphere of the classroom should be relaxed because children learn more when they feel psychologically safe.
Describe a developmentally appropriate activity that you have observed your mentor teacher use in their classroom.

Write your response in the comments by 11:59 pm on Friday, November 30th.

Monday, November 12, 2018

Multiple Intelligences

Read up about Howard Gardner’s theory of Multiple Intelligences.

Then, watch this video about multiple intelligences in action.

Tell me what you think:
Do you agree or disagree with Howard Gardner’s theory?

Post your response in the comments by 11:59 pm on Friday,November 16th.

Monday, November 5, 2018

Training New Teachers

Imagine you have recently accepted a position as an assistant principal at an elementary school. One of your duties is to train new teachers in classroom management. What classroom management skills would you like your prospective teachers to possess? Use the following questions to gather your thoughts.

  • Think about your favorite teacher. What made this teacher special? Did he or she have good classroom management? Describe his or her classroom.
  • What is classroom management?
  • Why is a positive learning environment important and how does it relate to the success of students?
  • How do classroom management skills relate to the success or failure of a classroom? Of a student? Of a teacher?
  • What characteristics do you possess to promote effective learning skills?

Write the answers to the questions in the comments by 11:59 pm on Friday November 9th.

Monday, October 29, 2018

Community Service VS. Service Learning

Community service is a project that an individual or group works on to help out members of their community - churches, other individuals, non profit organizations, etc. Community service provides something to the community that is needed, and those involved will hopefully learn life skills along the way.

Service learning is different from community service. Whereas the goal of community service is providing the service, and the learning is subsequent, in service learning it is the other way around. The primary goal is learning, and service is secondary. The person/group being helped is still receiving the same amount of service, if not more, but the learning from the experience is so much more.

A group or individual involved in a service learning project will generate ideas on how to help, come up with an action plan, perform the service, and reflect upon their experiences. Through this process there will be personal growth and understanding of a situation bigger than themselves.

Describe a service learning project that you have been apart of (or one that you know of).

Who was helped in the process?

What was learned?

Post your response in the comments by 11:59 pm on Friday, November 2nd.

Monday, October 22, 2018

Meeting “America’s Educator”

Ron Clark has been called “America’s Educator.” In 2000 he was named Disney’s American Teacher of the Year. He is a New York Times bestselling author, whose book, The Essential 55, has sold over 1 million copies and has been published in 25 different countries. He has been featured on The Today Show, CNN, and Oprah. Ms. Winfrey even named him as her first “Phenomenal Man.” His classes have been honored at the White House on three separate occasions. Ron’s teaching experiences in New York City are the subject of the uplifting film, The Ron Clark Story, starring Matthew Perry.

Ron Clark and Kim Bearden met in 2000 when Disney honored them both as Teachers of the Year. They became fast friends as they shared their passion for students and creative teaching. In the fall of 2004, Clark and Bearden met to hold a serious discussion about something that they had casually chatted about numerous times over the previous five years: Clark wanted to start a school of his own - one that would be unlike any other. At that time, the school had no name, no funding, and no facility. However, Clark and Bearden’s vision for the institution were tangible from the very start-- they shared common beliefs and ideas, and they knew that they were called to move forward. Bearden gave Clark her word that she would help him with the endeavor, and the dream began.

The Ron Clark Academy (RCA) is a highly-acclaimed, nonprofit middle school located in Southeast Atlanta. The Academy has received both national and international recognition for its success in educating students with academic rigor, passion, and creativity balanced by a strict code of discipline. Our 5th - 8th grade students represent various socio-economic and academic backgrounds and communities from across the metro region.

If you had the opportunity to meet Ron Clark, what five questions would you ask him?

Post your response in the comments by 11:59 pm, Friday, October 26th.