Monday, May 13, 2019

Final Post

As we part, take some time to inform myself and your classmates about your plans
for the future.


What college or university do you plan to attend?
What will you be studying? (majoring and/or minoring)
Do you plan to join any organizations, clubs, honor societies or other special
groups while in college?
What career do you hope to begin after college?

Post your response in the comments by 11:59 pm on Friday, May 17th.

Monday, May 6, 2019

Almost there....

As we approach the end of the year, it is a good time to reflect upon what you have
learned in the past several years of education and training classes. What are somethings
you learned that will stay with you? What has been some of your fondest memories?
What did you really like about your field site? What didn't you like? What is one thing you are
going to miss next year? What is one thing you won't miss?
Share any additional thoughts you think of!


Post your response in the comments by 11:59 pm on Friday, May 10th.

Monday, April 29, 2019

Bullying

Bullying in schools  is a nationwide problem with a lot of media attention. There are
many campaigns and laws in effect to prevent bullying.

How much do you really know about bullying in schools? As a future educator it is
important to be able to recognize signs and know how to react to bullying in your
classroom or school.

Take this quiz:

What score did you get?
Were you surprised by your score?
How well do you think you could recognize if one of your students were getting bullied?
Would you know what to do if you saw a bullying incident?

Post your response to these questions in the comments by 11:59 pm on Friday, May 3rd.

Monday, April 22, 2019

Workplace Conflicts

Complete this thought:

Resolving conflicts at the workplace is important because ________________________.

What is the hardest thing about working with others that you have to over come?


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

Monday, April 15, 2019

Student Feedback

What do you think provides the teacher with the most accurate information
about student learning? Explain.

What is the best way for teachers get feedback from students? Explain.

Post your response to this question in the comments by 11:59 pm on Thursday, April 18th.

Sunday, April 7, 2019

Teacher Feedback

View this TED Talk:


Until recently, many teachers only got one word of feedback a year: “satisfactory.”
And with no feedback, no coaching, there’s just no way to improve. Bill Gates suggests that
even great teachers can get better with smart feedback — and lays out a program from his
foundation to bring it to every classroom.


Write a short response (about one paragraph) summarizing your thoughts and findings
from watching this TED Talk.

Post your response in the comments by 11:59 pm on Friday, April 12th.

Tuesday, April 2, 2019

Future Generations

“Children are messages to a time we will never see.”  Is a quote by Neil Postman.

What do you think it means?

What messages about education will you take to future generations?

Post your response to these two questions in the comments by 11:59 pm on Friday, April 5th.

Monday, March 25, 2019

History of Education

Complete this thought:


The most interesting part of the history of education is…

Post your response in the comments by 11:59 pm on Friday, March 29th.

STAAR Testing

Complete this thought:

STAAR tests are important because…

Standardized tests are/not a good representation of...

Post your response in the comments by 11:59 pm on Friday, March 29th.

Monday, March 11, 2019

Children's Books

Most children’s books focus around a moral objective. Books are one of the ways children can
learn many of life’s important lessons. Take one of the most popular children’s books
Where the Wild Things Are, for example. Just in case you haven’t read this one...Max,
dressed in his wolf suit, makes so much mischief that he’s sent to his room without supper.
From there he journeys to the land of the Wild Things, where he is crowned “king of all
wild things” and leads the beasts in a wild rumpus. But even the king of all wild things gets
homesick eventually. Life Lesson: There are fearsome monsters out there, but if you stare
into all their yellow eyes without blinking once, you can tame them and temper them and
get home before supper gets cold.
Think about what your favorite children’s book was, and answer the following questions:

  • What was your favorite book as a child and how did it relate to your development?
  • Why was it your favorite book?
  • How have books changed since you were a toddler? A preschool child? A school-age child?
  • What are morals?
  • Why is it important to teach morals to children?

Post your response in the comments by 11:59 pm on Friday, March 15th.

Monday, March 4, 2019

Digital Book

View this TED talk video by Mike Matas called A next-generation digital book.

Software developer Mike Matas demos the first full-length interactive book for the
iPad — with clever, swipeable video and graphics and some very cool data
visualizations to play with. The book is “Our Choice,” Al Gore’s sequel to
“An Inconvenient Truth.”


Record your thoughts in the comments by 11:59 pm on Friday, March 8th.

Monday, February 25, 2019

Concept to Classroom

Research multiple intelligence strategies from the site Concept to Classroom.
This site provides many strategies and how they can be used in a variety of classes.
It also suggests techniques you can record when you observe other classes.


Choose one of the links found under the header “Workshop Menu”.

Tell me which workshop you chose.
Summarize your findings from the workshop that you chose.

Post your summary in the comments by 11:59 pm on Friday, March 1st.

Monday, February 11, 2019

Round Rock News

Round Rock ISD has a Headlines section on their website: roundrockisd.org

Select one story that interests you and provide a summary and your thoughts on the headline.

Post your response in the comments by 11:59 pm on Friday, February 15th.

Monday, February 4, 2019

New Semester Start

Sometimes, getting back into the swing of things after a break like winter break can be
difficult for a teacher and their students.

Ask your mentor teacher what their strategy is for getting students back to work.

Post your response in the comments by 11:59 pm on Friday, February 8th.

Sunday, January 27, 2019

Making it Interesting

Watch this TEDx talk from Gordon Kangas about Giving Presentations Worth Listening To


Tell me at least one thing you learned about giving interesting presentations from listening to his talk.

Post your response in the comments by 11:59 pm on Friday, February 1st.

Tuesday, January 22, 2019

Effective Teachers

Great teachers can change lives. Teachers are in the unique position to be able to possibly be the only positive impact on a student’s life. While this may or may not be the case for you, it is probably true that one of your teachers has inspired you in some way. If you think about that teacher, there is likely things about them that make them a great teacher. What are they?

Identify your favorite teacher, past or present, and list at least five qualities that make him/her an effective teacher.

Post your response in the comments by 11:59 pm on Friday, January 25th.

Monday, January 14, 2019

Ethics

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.