Sunday, September 14, 2014
The first blog post I replied to was about teachers understanding that they should take most of the blame for their student's failure and figure out ways to solve the problems. He suggest that if students are gaffing off their assignments, it may very well be that the teacher has not done their job.
The second blog post was one that I found very interesting. He has decided to have the entire student body read the same book and discuss it in class. The experiment is an attempt to build unity between the students and teachers and to see if it helps with absenteeism and grades.
Asking Questions: What questions do we ask? How do we ask?
Our goal is get them thinking, not drive them to drinking. Asking the right questions, the right way is one of the most important things we need to learn. It is too easy to allow the smart kid in class to answer all the questions and tell yourself that you are doing a great job. The fact is, if you are not teaching every student in the class, then you are not teaching. Dr. Strange has listed some great resources to learn how to ask useful questions. Here are the links to a couple of my favorite ones.Three ways to ask a better question and Straegies.
The advice that stuck with me the most was the delayed answer question. This is when the teacher asks the question and lets the class know that he or she will be calling on one of the students to answer it shortly. This type of method makes all the students in the class think about the question because they know they may be called to answer it.
The assignment was to find 8 alternative search engines to google and explain what they do. I'll start with the mandatory WolframAlpha.
1. WolframAlpha.-a search engine that specializes in facts and stats. You can ask questions, and the engine will search trusted sources to find the answer. It is a perfect place to look up definitions. Thanks for the heads up Dr. Strange; used it today for homework. Not forced to wade through advertisements.
2. Bing.-Bing is a trusted search engine as far as search engines go. It is general in nature and offers about the same benefits and short comings as google. Advertisement is not an issue.
3. Duckduckgo.- I was impressed with this search engine. It allows you to put in minimal information and quickly finds what you are looking for. No advertisement, and it claims that the engine does not track you.
4. CC Search.-This engine is good for finding things on social media and other sites. It pulls all the social cites to one place and searches them for you. The down side is, that it is not a true search engine and therefor, you may end up with a lot of unwanted material.
5. Academic Index.-This is a great search engine for college students. The engine was and still is put together by teachers and professors. It does have some advertisement on the site, but knowing that educators are the driving force behind the site, makes it worth it.
6. Base.- Base is an academic search engine developed and ran by Bielefeld University. It is a great place to do research for papers and other school assignments. There is plenty of scholar and peer reviewed information on this site. No advertisement.
7. Yahoo.- Yahoo, in my opinion, is not the best search engine in the world. It is full of advertisements and does not do a good job of filtering out junk sites on searches. If you are looking for your horoscope, than this is your site.
8. InfoMine.- This is another college based search engine. It will do general scholar searches for you and it also contains college level categories to pick from. This site is a must see for student doing research.
Sunday, September 7, 2014
I remember a fellow student asking me to take a look at his English paper to see what was wrong with it. When I looked at it, I noticed that the teacher had written in big red letters "NOT TO COLLEGE STANDARDS, WHERE DID YOU GO TO HIGHSCHOOL?". After reading his paper, I agreed with the teacher, but not to her approach. She did not even give a hint of why it was not to standard and insulted him. After telling him that I agreed with his view on the topic, I showed him how to use the spell check on his computer and showed him a web site that walks you through how to cite his material. He got an A on his next paper with the words "I Knew you could do it". I hope she does not think her first comment inspired him.
Remember to think about how you want others to review your work with you before you open your mouth. Always remember that no one is perfect and you are there to help. Do not simply point out what is wrong, but instead, tell them why and make suggestions on how to improve it. Remember, all of us are here to be teachers. That means that we will have plenty of parents reviewing our work. We might as well get use to reviewing each other.
Tuesday, September 2, 2014
Lack of common sense, lack of planning and poor teaching skills will lead to failure. Mr.Dancealot shows a lack of preparedness and makes no attempt to engage the class in a manner that would allow the students to learn. When he demonstrates the dance moves from behind the desk, it is clear that the students can not see his feet, but he makes no attempt to adjust for his mistake and keeps right on going. His approach or lack therre of to teaching, is disasterouse. To teach, you have to pay attention to the students, be willing to adjust what does not work and know your subject matter.
TEACHING IN THE 21st CENTURY
I. Students are surrounded by plenty of sources of information and knowldge.
b. cell phones
c. electronic billboards
d. The internet is everywhere
II. Teacher are more important now than ever.
a. Filter unlimited information
b. Help students avoid plagiarism
c. Guid students in the right direction
d. Teach students to evaluate the validity of a source
III. Teachers Must continue to learn
a. Do not think you know everything
b. Technology changes daily; keep up with it
c. Be willing to evolve
Roberts is dead on; times are changing and teachers have got to keep up. There are far too many sources of information available to students today. Teachers have a duty to make sure that students understand how to use those sources in a resposible way and ensure they do not get caught in the traps along the way.
THE NETWORKED STUDENT
Technology is great, as long as the student has a good teacher to guid hin or her through the tricks and traps. No matter how much technology comes along, there will always be the need for a good teacher to show us how to use it and ensure we use it wisely.
Vicki Davis encourages the use of technology in the classroom. She understands that students become bored with paper and pen, and uses technology to enspire her students. She allows the students to learn and teach at the same time and knows that sometimes she can learn from the students. She is a teacher that has taken the time to stay informed and is not stuck in the past.
WHO'S AHEAD IN THE LEARNING RACE?
People are learning how to use technology at a younger age than ever. First graders are learning to do things that many adults do not know how to do. I never touched a computer until 2005. I am 43 and way behind the curve, but I will do what it takes to catch up.
FLIPPING THE CLASSROOM
Flipping the classroom is new to me. I think it is a useful tool. If students watch the videos the night before, then we can get more hands on and indepth with the material while in the classroom.
Sunday, August 24, 2014
I had not heard anything about EDM310 prior to starting the class; probably because I am a transfer student. I had however assumed that it would be a class about learning how to use a computer to keep track of assignments and grades and such; boy was I wrong. Knowing now, that the class is way more in depth, I have to admit that I am a little nervous about the class. I am not he most proficient person in the world when it comes to computer, but I will learn. I never touched a computer until 2005 while serving in Iraq. I found it a useful way to communicate with family and friends back home.
Most of my classes have been memorizing material and cramming the night before the test, but this class is different. It forces you to actually learn the material. It encourages the students to work as a team and to become familiar with computers and how to use them for the purpose of education. As noted before, I am not the most computer savvy person in the world, but I have learned that if I am willing to explore and to ask, there is always a way to find the answer.
Hello fellow bloggers,
My name is Eric Leddick. I am a 43 years old and working on my third year of collage. I was born in Miami, Florida, but have lived in several different states. I entered the United States Marine Corps at the age of eighteen; at the time I did not realize the importance of a good education. I am married and have two wonderful step-children. My stepson just started his first semester at U.S.A. and my stepdaughter is a sophomore Faulkner State; she will be attending U.S.A. next semester.
After serving in Operation Desert Storm, I left the Marine Corps and began a career in law-enforcement. My Last job was with the Mobile County Sheriff's Office. In 2005 I learned that several of my friends were being deployed to Iraq with a local National Guard unit; no one in the unit had any combat experience and they were a little nervous. I singed up and was deployed two weeks later. While serving in Iraq on my second tour, I was struck by an improvised explosive devise. After several surgeries on my leg, I found out that I could no longer work in lawenforcement. I soon learned that educators in Alabama are invested in the same retirment system as lawenforcement, so for that reason I chose to become a teacher. It was not until I began coaching little league baseball that I realized what a huge impact a good teacher can have on a young person's life.
Some of you may have seen recent news reports about the trouble veterans are having getting care and benefits at the Veteran's Hospitals, the ugly truth is that it is worse than the news reports indicate. It can and has taken years for veterans to recieve the care they have earned. Most of the time, the care they do recieve is subpar. I have wittnesed first hand the long waits and the lack of quality care. Polotitians on both sides of the isle have attempted to fix the problem by throwing more money at it before taking thier Summer vacation. Have you ever known the government to solve a problem with money? It cost they U.S. governmwent far more to do anything than it does for civilians to get the job done. If you appreciate the sacrafices that the men and women of the armed forces have made, let them know by contacting your local senators and congressmen. Tell them to privatise veterans health care.
If you want to help disabled veterans in another way, you can visit the link I have posted. Thanks for reading and God Bless America. Support The Troops