What have you learned?

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Wed, 06-28-2006 - 5:55pm

I know a lot of you are taking summer courses or will attend professional development workshops this summer. I thought it might be intersting to share resources, interesting ideas and useful stuff that you've learned from attending courses or workshops. If you aren't involved in anything currently, please share something from a past class.


Sherry

Sherry
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Wed, 06-28-2006 - 8:06pm

Ok - this may be silly, but I was excited to learn it!

Did you know that you can change the colors of a lot of the clip art you find online?
I just learned how to do that at a graphics workshop.

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Wed, 06-28-2006 - 8:23pm

So, how do you do it?

And to go along with this, as a part of our teacher assistance/assessment program, we had a technology component in which we were to go to specific websites, do something with it (check it out, use it, etc), and report back what we thought.

One of the sites was created by displaced New Orleans teachers and has a few lesson plans and such on it, but the gem of this website was the software tips...for Word, Excel, Powerpoint, etc: http://www.certiport.com/portal/common/htmllibrary/datt/Resources.html

Alysha


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Wed, 06-28-2006 - 8:37pm

This was a few months ago, but I attended a Math conference and went to 10 sessions and learned a multitude of things that I was able to use in my classroom. Here's a few:

Using The Missing Piece by Shel Silverstein, the students created their own "missing piece" from paper plates, then made a Missing or Wanted (their choice) poster that included a few specifics (measure of central angle, measure of one straight side--which everyone's was the same and was also the radius, measure of the arc, and perimeter..they could also add their own things like descriptions)..had I had more time, I would've included finding the area of the missing piece, but that wasn't even required for the curriculum, so I bypassed that.

The colorful styrofoam plates ($1 for 25 at Wal-mart at the registers..you can get red, blue, or yellow) each have 36 "thumbprints" on the side...relating to the 360º of a circle. You can put 2 colors together by cutting a slit in both from the side to the center point then placing them together. You can do 3 colors and use with circle graphs.

Turn Sir Cumference and the Dragon of Pi (or other math storybooks) into a play or reader's theater.

Blow a bubble on each student's desk for them to measure the diameter. After it pops, it leaves a faint trace on most desk surfaces. My AP walked into the room while I was blowing bubbles on their desks and was just intrigued (thought I was loony at first..lol).

"Rock Star's Pool"...for proportions, tell the students they will design a famous musician's pool (like Missy Elliott). She wants 3/5 of the tiles to have her name on them, 1/4 of the tiles to have a music note, 1/12 to have polka dots, etc, and the pool will be made using square foot tiles and she wants it to be 8' x 12'. They have to figure out how many tiles total and how many tiles of each design. I also through in price.

And a ton more...that conference was soooooo worth it (and I didn't even have to pay for it!)..but the food was horrible for lunch..lol.

Alysha


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Thu, 06-29-2006 - 2:57pm

Thanks for sharing the great info! When will you get to use it? Aren't you doing study skills in the fall?


Sherry

Sherry
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Thu, 06-29-2006 - 3:06pm

Great site! I'm sure some of my education students will love this info. I'll share it with them tomorrow!


Sherry

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Thu, 06-29-2006 - 3:55pm

I had gone to this conference in early Dec (Dec 2 & 3), and was able to implement some things as early as December (one that I'll share below that the students LOVED) and was able to continue implementing ideas through the school year.

The GOOD thing about study skills is that I'll get to focus on particular subjects on different days, so I'll definitely be able to use my math ideas, as well as other subjects, in the classroom. It's CALLED study skills, but it's not focused on teaching them HOW to study, it's focused on being a reinforcement class for the 5 core subjects (or 4, depending on how you look at them..our school separates English & reading).

The other idea that I wanted to share was this:

The last 2 days before Christmas break were "joke" days...we already had our grades entered for the nine weeks and the 3rd nine weeks didn't start until Jan, so nothing counted. So, on the second to last day, I brought in 10-12 children Christmas/holiday books. The students were broken into groups of their own choosing (between 1 student and 4 students). I gave each group a large piece of graph paper (poster-size) and they had to graph the fortunes and misfortunes of the characters in the book using the (+, +) and (+, -) quadrants.

Alysha


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Thu, 06-29-2006 - 8:15pm

What a great idea! Very relevant, hands-on and fun!


Study skills sounds fun. I think you could incorporate study skills with reinforcement by using technology and doing WebQuests or other on-line activities that require info literacy skills, organization and creativity. Problem-solving and research skills help them a lot more than drill and practice in the long run. It sounds like it will be challenging and fun. You can be creative and try new things to motivate and make the subject more relevant and fun.


Sherry

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Thu, 06-29-2006 - 8:33pm

That's what I HOPE to do with the class--lots of hands-on for reinforcement. Thanks for reminding me about the Webquests...I'd love to be able to squeeze that in as well.

We have a "Comprehensive Curriculum" inducted by the state that our school follows quite closely. Most of the activities are hands-on or in some way higher order. However, there's just not enough time to do both practice (which is necessary in some instances) AND all of the activites, so I'm HOPING to be able to work closely enough with the teachers on my grade level to pick up anything they don't have time for. Unfortunately, that might not always be the case. Last year, the 7th grade English teacher, the 7th grade Study Skills teacher, and I (7th grade math) carpooled together. The Study Skills teacher was able to focus a lot on math (the principal's main focus) and English (she was also a secondary English teacher), but not on the other subjects because the other teachers really didn't take the time to discuss it with her. I hope I can bring in more subjects.

Sorry to get this off-topic.

Alysha




Edited 6/29/2006 8:35 pm ET by alygator