My partner Alexis and I did a lesson about The Giving Tree by Shel Silverstein. I have always enjoyed this book since I was younger and always felt the book had such a meaningful message. The main theme of the story was sharing. To prepare for our lesson, Alexis and I decided that I would be in charge of the disciplinary procedure for the lesson and she would create the mock bulletin board for our lesson.
The main objectives were for the students to grasp the ideas of sharing and be able to express their understanding using writing, drawing and speaking. To assess the students we walked around while the class was working to read over their work in a more personal one-on-one approach.
The lesson for the most part was executed the same way it was planned. The only adjustments made were done toward the end of the lesson. The changes made had to be done because we estimated for more time for the students to share their projects.
Overall, the most important thing we aimed to teach the students was about sharing with others. We really stressed this throughout all aspects of our lesson. I felt comfortable with how the lesson went and surprised that we did not have many, if any really major disciplinary issues. To change the lesson I would have used more arts and crafts projects to really keep the students engaged throughout the lesson.
Yet, in the end I was happy with how the lesson turned out and would keep the same plan if I were to teach the story in the future. I really felt my partner and I worked well together. Also, I was really happy to be able to incorporate my glogster and the SMARTboard into the lesson. I truly enjoyed being about to see how useful the technology we have been learning about could be integrated into a lesson.
Thursday, March 1, 2012
Friday, February 24, 2012
Last time in the computer lab we were introduced to the use of wordle and how you can use them in the classroom. I really like learning new technology that I can in return apply in the classroom. I feel any materials that can better a lesson are always beneficial to learn about. For today's class, after watching the introduction video, I want to learn more how to create interactive glogs. In the video,the use of glogster seemed to really engage the students into the lesson and this is similar to how I would like my lesson to be taught.
Tuesday, February 21, 2012
Today we learned how to make a worlde. I really enjoyed this because it was a great way to layout important vocabulary words that students might have to read or understand for a lesson. My partner and I will be using the book "The Giving Tree" and I liked how the wordle almost looked like a tree with branches of words. I enjoyed learneing more technology and can't wait to apply it to my lessons!!!
Today I was excited to go to the computer lab so that I can better my technology skills for teaching. I feel since technology is so advanced it is important for all teachers to be familiar with all the new advances. The Internet can be a terrific resource for interactive lessons and a great resource for your students. I truly believe if information is presented to you in a fun and interesting way, more can be retained.