Monday, September 24, 2018

The Importance of Literacy

You start to learn language from the day you are born. You learn to use language to express your feelings and communicate with others. During the early speech and language development, you learn skills that are important to the development of literacy.

Literacy is a person's ability to read and write. Reading and writing are important to help function in school, on the job, and in society.

In school, children with communication disorders are more likely to struggle with literacy skills. They often perform poorly in school, have problems reading, and have difficulty understanding and expressing language.

Adults may also have literacy problems. Some adults continue to struggle with reading and writing from childhood. Others have trouble reading and writing after a stroke or brain injury.

Have you ever wondered what your life would be like if you were illiterate?

What would you do if you could not read or write??

Post your response in the comments by 11:59 pm on Friday, September 28.

Monday, September 17, 2018

Effective Schools

Read this article from the Washington Post on effective schools:

Do you think Round Rock is an effective school? Why or why not? If you think yes, what other schools have you go to that were effective and why? If you think no, what would make Round Rock more effective?
Post your response in the comments by 11:59 pm on Friday, September 21st.

Sunday, September 9, 2018

The Classroom of the Future

In the past 100 years, classrooms have evolved tremendously. We've transitioned from the one-room schoolhouse in the middle of town to large institutions housing thousands of students and hundreds of teachers simultaneously running classes. Keeping in mind how much change has happened even in the past 10-15 years, I want you to look ahead to the future.

Tell me what you think the classroom will look like in 100 years.

Things to think about:
- The students
- Classroom environment
- Technology used
- What is the teacher like? Is there a teacher present?
- What are the materials like?

Post your response in the comments by 11:59 pm on Friday, September 14th.

Monday, September 3, 2018

Me, a Teacher?!

Why do you want to be a teacher?

In 2-3 paragraphs, tell me why you think you would like to be a teacher.

Also, include:
- Your name (first name and last initial only - ex: Melissa T.)
- Your grade level
- What grade(s) or subject(s) you would be interested in teaching
- Your "aha" moment - when/how did you realize this is something you wanted to do
- What kind of experience are you gaining right now, pre-college, to help you reach your goal

Post your comment/response by 11:59 pm on Friday, September 7th.