Not a question, but a response to your Prezi question. I've used Prezi before with my 10th graders with good results. Give yourself ample time to play around with it if you haven't before. You can still create bullet points in Prezi. You can zoom in on really important things which makes it nice. I've also used Prezi to work on note taking skills outside of Powerpoint (as in, my students use the Prezi for cues and take notes based off of what I'm saying instead of just copying the screen.) You can make the text different colors (using the title/body options) to help them determine important cues.
hey there. i am also getting a MAT. i am intrigued by e-learning. what are your thoughts on virtual school for the secondary school population, and, specifically, for science students?
I’ll preface my response by pointing out that I don’t have too much experience with e-learning, but cyberschool is actually a hot topic right now in the district where I student teach.
I don’t think it’s a good idea, honestly. High school is at least as much of a social education as it is an academic education—often more social than academic. Depriving students of a “real” high school experience—and as abysmal as high school can be, I do believe it would be a deprivation—robs them of a widely shared American experience. There are probably a small percentage of students who, for particular reasons, would benefit from virtual school. Here I’m thinking about students who suffer from bullying, students who are physically disabled and aren’t well-served by available accommodations, or perhaps students too gifted to be adequately challenged by a “normal” high school environment. These are just examples; I’m sure there are other examples where virtual school might be the most productive option. But generally, I think students should be in a “real” high school. Motivation is a big part—how many high school students would have the necessary self-motivation to not only complete coursework on schedule for virtual school, but also to engage themselves fully with it and challenge themselves? I’ve never taken an online course for this reason; I don’t have the self-discipline for it.
For science, if there is a well-run science classroom available at the high school, then virtual school would be a poor substitute. By a well-run classroom I mean one in which science as inquiry is emphasized, where science is taught as a way of knowing rather than as a list of facts, where students are encouraged to engage in discussion and argumentation, and where there is ample opportunity for experimentation and hands-on demonstrations. I’m not convinced such a classroom could be duplicated online. However, if at the local high school science is taught via a series of PowerPoints that list facts and definitions alongside cookbook labs, then students attending virtual school probably aren’t missing much.
a teacher friend of mine has had great results with prezi
I really like the idea of Prezi (hate PowerPoint) and I’m thinking of experimenting with it to teach photosynthesis/cell respiration. But I’m concerned about how to get my 9th graders to take effective notes from it—they’re well trained on bullet points, but this would be a bit more challenging notes-wise. Anyone have any suggestions?
After watching Deathly Hallows, the song that Harry and Hermione dance to lodged itself into my brain and wouldn’t leave. The interwebz led me to it:
O Children by Nick Cave
I downloaded the whole album (The Lyre of Orpheus), and sadly the rest of his stuff does not live up to this song. But this song. This song is beautiful. I listened to it for probably a third of the drive between MI and Pittsburgh. It’s incredible.
Well, I’m at home with not much going on and I think accents are cool, so I’m jumping on this bandwagon. For those of you who haven’t seen any of these posts, here are a list of words which will clearly demonstrate most English accents:
Tumblr users have been posting video/audio of themselves reading this list so we can all revel in the diversity of regional accents! Or because we’re bored. I’ve been told that my English is fairly unaccented, although I don’t think that “unaccented” is a real thing. For some awesome, authentic Lower Michigan action (i.e., what everyone I’m related to sounds like), check out halvgal's and -exceptpolio's video here.
My stepmom and I are both coffee drinkers. But when I’m at home, she never makes me coffee. She makes coffee for herself, and when I get up there is none left and I have to make more. And I only make a cup. It just seems like it would be easier for everyone if she would just make a little extra the first time around.
My grandparents, on the other hand, always have abundant coffee on hand for me.
“When they’re not worrying about banning contraception or demonizing gay people, it looks like the Republicans are finding time to form a tax policy that passes the burden to working families as a payoff to their corporate cronies.”—Democratic Party of Wisconsin Chair Mike Tate in response to the Wisconsin GO-Tea Party proposal to hike the sales tax on working families. (via mandington)
“The first time the Detroit Lions played football on Thanksgiving Day was in 1934, when they hosted the Chicago Bears at the University of Detroit stadium, in front of 26,000 fans. The NBC radio network broadcast the game on 94 stations across the country—the first national Thanksgiving football broadcast. Since that time, the Lions have played a game every Thanksgiving (except between 1939 and 1944); in 1956, fans watched the game on television for the first time.”—
One of my inexplicable eccentricities is that I really enjoy driving north and west. Doesn’t matter where I’m driving to; those directions always seem friendlier and more comforting than south or east.
“Come on, dictionary. Shouldn’t the ‘Word Of The Year’ be better than Sarah Palin’s accidental mashup of ‘refute’ and ‘repudiate’? And we know it was an accident, because Palin herself went back and changed the Tweet to say ‘refute.’ Yet then [she] went back again to Twitter and defended herself, writing ‘Shakespeare liked to coin new words too. Got to celebrate it!’
Well there are a couple of differences between Shakespeare and Sarah Palin. For one, when Shakespeare coined new words, it wasn’t by accident. He came up with words like ‘submerge’ and ‘sneak.’ He didn’t just take two words that kinda mean the same thing and then smash them together to make a third word that also kinda means the same thing.
…Shakespeare crafted new words; Sarah Palin got into a word fender-bender. And when Shakespeare did come up with new words, he certainly didn’t say ‘Got to celebrate it!’ In fact, I bet he never said that. ‘Shakespeare, what are you doing at the club?’ ‘Just finished Twelfth Night—got to celebrate it!’
Finally, we don’t need ‘refudiate’, because we already have ‘repudiate.’ You can’t just change the ‘p’ in the word to an ‘f’ and then say you made a new word. If it’s that easy, then I just came up with one. Here, I’ll use it in a sentence: ‘New Oxford American Dictionary, please stop rafing the English language.’”—SETH MEYERS, brilliantly calling out the publishers of a certain dictionary for selecting that idiot’s “refudiate” as the Word of the Year, on Weekend Update (via inothernews)
"I’ve been told that I have the political skills of George W. Bush, that I can blow people away like Dick Cheney, and that I can spew as much nonsense as the BP oil spill." I was impressed, given that he was only 12 when Obama was elected and 9 or 10 when Cheney shot someone in the face.
I played a sport nearly every year through grade school and high school—soccer, softball, and track. I was terrible at all of them. In high school I much preferred Quiz Bowl, at which I was very skilled (All State!).
[Some background: my mentor always gives out these textbook reading assignments to start a new unit. I think they’re worthless and have been anxious to get away from using them.]
Me: OK, so my lesson for tomorrow needs to be an introduction to cell energy, right? Mentor: Yeah. Oh, and it should be something that they can finish on their own if they need to, because you’ll have four kids making up a test. Me: All right. Mentor: So it should be something that won’t count against them too much if they don’t get it done. Oh, and attendance will be low, because it’s the Friday before Thanksgiving, so it should be something you really don’t care about them doing either. Me: Sure.
To sum: my intro lesson can’t be too challenging, discussion-based, collaborative, or significant. *eyeroll*
I do wear glasses. I am a bit near-sighted. Without my glasses I can see and function, but driving, walking, teaching, and student-ing are all significantly clearer with them on. I really need new glasses and one day I hope to get contacts.
“If I were just graduating from college, which I wish were true, I would surely want to join Teach for America. I understand why tens of thousands of idealistic college students sign up for a two-year term as a teacher in a school serving poor students. I have met many many young people who are in TFA now and I have been impressed by their intelligence, their enthusiasm, their sincerity and dedication.
“But I would urge you please, stop claiming that TFA will close the achievement gap. That may be a nice slogan but nobody can teach for two or three years and close the achievement gap. Closing the achievement gap requires a lot more than really smart and dedicated young people with five weeks of training and a lot of enthusiasm. It requires highly skilled career professionals with deep experience who are willing to stick to the profession…. You send out a false message that your corps of young people is all that it takes and that’s not true.”
This is roughly the sum of my opinion. It’s a good thing—it gets people talking and noticing and acting—but it’s not the solution.
“Teacher-training programs have long been criticized for not putting enough emphasis on inside-the-classroom practice, and the recommendations suggest turning programs “upside-down” by putting practical training first and foremost. They advise creating formal mentorship programs for student teachers akin to those at medical schools and suggest that more scrutiny be given to teaching programs.”
I agree. I chose my teacher training program (MAT) for two reasons: I wanted an academic undergrad in my content areas, so that I could truly be confident with the material; and I wanted a full academic year of student teaching in one classroom. With the Pitt MAT, I student teach half-time for one semester and full-time for the second semester, with the same mentor and the same kids all year. It’s a great set-up, for the most part. My education classes are generally less than useful and I can’t imagine being in a program that relied more on that sort of coursework than on the classroom. My only complaint right now is that the quality of your mentor really impacts the quality of your experience, and my mentor is only mediocre.
I do not appreciate being spoken to like an idiot. It is not my fault that you approved my certificate on Sept 3 and I have not yet received a copy. It is not my fault that I have called you about this four times now and each time, you have forwarded me to a voice mail where I left my name, number, and problem. It is not my fault that you have never called me back to resolve this.
I need that fucking piece of paper in order to complete my degree. FOR SERIOUS. So if you’re not going to actually be helpful, maybe at least you could manage to not be completely bitchy.
Cheers, someone who just wants to teach science to kids.
PS And you wonder why more intelligent/dedicated people aren’t flocking to teaching in public ed? SHIT LIKE THIS.
Actress poised to play Daisy Buchanan opposite Leonardo DiCaprio and Tobey Maguire in director Baz Luhrmann’s feature adaptation.
Carey Mulligan has been officially offered the role of Daisy Buchanan, the starring female role in Baz Luhrmann’s adaptation of The Great Gatsby, set up at Columbia.
Luhrmann has been meeting with actors and conducting table reads over the past couple of months in order to find the right mix for his cast, with Leonardo DiCaprio and Tobey Maguire pegged to play Jay Gatsby and Nick Carraway, respectively.
In the novel set in the moneyed society of 1920 Long Island, N.Y., Buchanan is Gatsby’s love, a shallow woman whom Gatsby lost due to his being poor.
According to reports, Mulligan received a phone call from Luhrmann, who told her she won the part, while on the red carpet the Fashion Council Awards in New York.
If nabbing the hard part was tough, what comes next is even harder: hammering out a deal.
GUYS. CAREY MULLIGAN IS MY FAVORITE ACTRESS AND LEONARDO DICAPRIO IS MY FAVORITE ACTOR. I DON’T THINK YOU UNDERSTAND.
I have a friend who tutors a private school kid in chemistry, and the kid’s parents are looking for an English tutor so I was recommended.
$50 an hour! That seems absurd to me but that’s what Sarah charges and I have no idea what a fair rate is for tutoring so that’s what I’d get (hell, Pitt only paid me $8 an hour for tutoring writing). I hope this works out because I am in serious, serious need of grocery/gas money.
I like junk food, but I am pretty good about avoiding it unless I’m stressed. Ice cream, french fries, and Cheez-Its are probably my greatest junk food weaknesses. And although I very rarely drink pop, I can drink an alarming amount of Coca-Cola very quickly when I’m stressed out—I specifically crave it.
One thing I really enjoy about lesson planning is watching themes emerge that you didn’t realize were there when you first conceived the lesson.
Right now I’m working on a lesson to teach the Endosymbiotic Theory. I expected it to focus more on comparing mitochondria and bacteria, but now I understand that it’s all about evolutionary success. Neat.