Wednesday, May 5, 2010
(A financial educational trip to Canada, Mexico, Brazil, London and Japan w/o needing a passport!)
If anything this project has taught me patience and proper planning to produce a pretty poignant yet productive project about money around the word which is perfectly popular in many places primitively. My goal is to introduce the Early Childhood (K-2) grade level (specifically 1st grade) to money from around the world. Instead of preaching the financial dedication of money to children I chose to have them participate in a virtual field where they can visualize, actualize, and realize that money is real in and outside of the U.S.
My primary goal was to allow students to respectfully think about other countries near and far and see how similar and different their money is to U.S. money. This VFT would follow a review of American currency with hopes of students becoming comfortable with the basics of coins and large bills. By traveling outside of their norm and learning something useful about another country the student will be able to achieve , "A reasonable goal: Respect for others," H.Gardner (2008)5 Minds for the future (p.106). The global trip fulfills the Social Studies content as well as Math and Literacy. If you can read, comprehend, count and understand the relationship of people and money then you are ready to grow as an individual.
Developing one's Respectful mind while traveling and being engaged in a financial lesson with eventually put them in touch with their Ethics and of course the development of their Ethical minds. A trip to Canada and Mexico brings to mind The North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA). For a child this may seem foreign but a simple act of trading items and relating it to money will and can produce thoughts of what's right and what's wrong when it comes to trading and buying items from other lands. Taught in a simplistic manner, any child can understand responsible acts, ethics and respect.
The photo's of the currency allows the student to compare U.S. currency with other countries. The Writing prompt allows students to share what they learned with an ending video to review.
H.Gardner (2008) "5 Minds for the future"
NAFINA: (2010) http://www.fina-nafi.org/
Monday, April 26, 2010
As I continue to develop my five minds I realize that it helps to research and lean on others for support and information that will get you to your goal of success. In my search for a blog that relates to my current career as a teacher in the inner city and/or urban community, I chose Afterschool Flash – NJSACC: The Network for New Jersey's Afterschool Communities. I am working in the Newark School District in Newark, NJ. Newark has a series of problems within its communities and unfortunately the students are the daily victims of "the lack of" syndrome. Half of our students come from dysfunctional homes. Some of the students are being raised by a grandparent, aunt or uncle. I currently have 14 students in my classroom and at least 6 of them have learning challenges.
The key here is that our students need help outside of the regular school day. The NJSACC (New Jersey School-Age Care Coalition) is a network for NJ's Afterschool Communities. "The NJ's Afterschool Network is a three year initiative to build lasting public support for quality afterschool programs across New Jersey. Led by a public-private partnership, the network builds public awareness and support; offers guidance for parents, providers and advocates; strengthens relationships with policymakers, funders, practitioners and parents, and shares best practices in the field".
This program and its blog spoke to me and my potential to work with them to help my students, my parents, and the community. With the current cuts that has hit our state, the afterschool programs are an answer to prevent students from hanging in the streets and keep them in the classroom. I want my students to succeed but they are not going to reach that plateau of success alone. With the help of the NJSACC there will be and can be programs available. With my grad school classroom education I know that I can help develop the five minds of my students and their parents. My mind has been opened to other exciting ways of teaching and implementing lessons. With the knowledge I am currently acquiring I know that I can make a difference in the life of many students. Preparing students for a 21st century life is a must or else they will fall to the waste sides like some of the parents. I want to get my students off of the road of death and put them in the circle of life.
Afterschool Flash – NJSACC (2010)
Tuesday, April 20, 2010
A World of success from my classroom…a reflection of “How to create a world of success without leaving your classroom.-Julene Reed.”
Ms. Reed gives a clear and dangerous picture of tomorrow's classroom. When I say tomorrow's classroom I am speaking of the future of all elementary and higher grade level school classrooms. While some schools are experiencing dropout rates, others are revitalizing education within the classroom by appealing to the tools that will give students survival techniques for the 21st century. Teaching is experiencing an upgrade (Teacher 2.0) by adjusting to the needs of a digital world and creative minds. The creative minds are being built within the classic classrooms with the use of technology and teachers who care. In the same way, the students of tomorrow are learning how to build their respectful minds with such tools as cell phones, computers, camera's and i-Pods. With this new experience students begin to mold and comprehend their ethical minds.
Through education a child can learn to become respectful of his or her environment and make ethical decisions. One tool that is a rich resource for students, parents, and teachers is read, write, think.org (rwt). This is a resource for teachers, students, and parents. A teacher can receive lesson plans and information about Earth Day for K-12 grade levels. A student can create Earth Day posters, projects, and share it with his classmates, as well as students internationally. If language is a barrier a student can learn about a culture and its language to produce a tighter form of communication.
The availability of resources at (rwt), builds character and respect within the individual because they are increasing their knowledge and using it. When a child is able to reach out to other students across the nation and/or across the continent their respectful minds are at work and ethically in charge willing to share and assist cultures other than their own. (rwt) enables both ethical and respectful minds by using interactive tools that are up to date and always changing with the needs of educators.
Saturday, April 17, 2010
Since my week has been very crammed and busy my Glogging experience has not been well. In fact, I am still having Video problems. I am completely exhausted and will have to continue tomorrow. My aim was to provide my class with a Math center that would help them with Shapes, Patterns, and Fractions. I found some great resources and added their links to the glog.
The Glog is a tool that can and will foster the creative mind due to the endless fun of making a glog. Ad the joy of education and students minds are ready for the next best thing. As I continue to learn Glogster I will perfect my creative ability.
At this point I can share how Gloster enables the creator to think out the framework (outline) and produce a great product. The design is the small part of creating, it's the plugging in of the other media resources that pulls this project. I think of glogster as the meeting place of the digital tools and the dressing up of the creative minds that put them there.
MY GLOG: HTTP://ANOTHERBENG.EDU.GLOGSTER.COM/ROOM-103-MATH-MASTERS
TV Ontario. (1994). Match All Around! [Video Segment]. Available from http://www.discoveryeducation.com/
Teacher's Video. (2004). Dr. Rock's Math Adventures:Fractions [FullVideo]. Available from http://discoveryeducation.com/
Kids On Line Resources - http://www.kidsolr.com/math/fractions.html
PHOTOS- Benjamin Green (1963) B.I. Green
Room 103. (2009) B. I. Green
Tuesday, April 13, 2010
Students can create a network amongst their own grade levels, student organizations, or school as a unit. This application is not limited to the classroom. An entire school can set-up a virtual classroom and share their knowledge with classrooms across the nation or internationally. Ning.com allows the facilitators to privatized their network. This illiminates the problem of unwanted visitors. Parents, teachers, and administrators, can use this site with ease and it enables the creative mind by allowing participants to create, music playlists, video showcases, and share documents. With the creative mind at work a student can adapt to the changing digital world with Ning.
My Name is Ben Green,...and Education is "Where I've BEN!"
My Name is Ben Green,...and Education is "Where I've BEN!"
Tuesday, April 6, 2010
A great Digital resource that has been an asset to my classroom is the site SpellingCity.com. This is a digital resource that takes the concept of spelling to new heights. With Spellingcity.com gone are the tedious days of creating spelling bees that appear to be interesting or the old standard of repetition. Here is a user friendly tool that allows teachers and students to have fun work letters and words. With access to “over 42,000 spelling words and customizable sentences,” along with games that you can play online or printout students can increase their creative senses in a matter of minutes. A daily digest of SpellingCity.com can help the worst speller to become a moderate to good spelling champ in a matter of weeks.
If a student has not fostered the creativity within them then Spellingcity.com can and will bring a spark to the minds and hearts of the classroom. It is designed for the developing creative mind, “…creativity is the occasional emergent from the interaction of three autonomous elements: The individual,The cultural domain, and The social field”. (Gardner, H. (2008) Five Minds of the Future).p.80-81
The honor of having options only increases a student’s creative soul. Students from Early Childhood to Eighth grade can choose to the option of, “Test Me, Teach Me or Play a Game”. The testing of one’s mind helps to harness a disciplined mind and a synthesized mind. SpellingCity.com offers teachers the tools needed to jolt creativity within Teachers and students.
Citations: Gardner, H. (2008) Five Minds of the Future).p.80-81
SpellingCity.com, (2010) - http://www.spellingcity.com/
Tuesday, March 30, 2010
One of the activities that I have been doing with my students every week is Math Messages that are based from Exemplars. This activity incorporates the dynamics of Math and Literacy to solve a word problem. Before my students can solve the equation they must read the word problem and from there decipher what numbers they need to use and what type of procedure (i.e. addition, subtraction, division) will give them the answer.
Math Exemplars are a great way to introduce division, and multiplication without giving them their formal name. The key to keeping my students interested, and to help them challenge themselves I revise the Exemplar to resemble something they are familiar with. Instead of generalizing the data, I tweak it to include, their names, their neighborhood, and items they use on a regular basis.
Once my students have worked out the problem on paper, they prepare to present their answer digitally with the help of Kidspiration. In Kidspiration students have to create the icons for the Exemplar, label everything, and finalize it with a number problem. The act of Kidspiration helps the students with their Technology, Math, Literacy and Art.
Tuesday, March 23, 2010
The use of Digital Media in the classroom is an additional asset to your lesson plans. Bringing another view to the typical lesson and presenting it with pizzazz can influence your students and encourage them to learn more effectively. In my classroom I teach 1st graders, Science, Health, Social Studies, Math and Literacy. My district puts an emphasis on Math and Literacy. Literacy is one of the top subjects where my students fail to succeed. Their writing skills can use a major overhaul specifically with their use of punctuation.
To capture the interest of my students with using Punctuation I decided to present the animated Video, The Punctuator Changes a Little Wendy Tale: Dripping Ice Cream. Following the viewing of the video and a lesson on using Punctuations, the student will be able to construct 3 to 4 sentences by using the examples displayed in the Punctuator Video and lesson. My goals for teaching this lesson is to improve the knowledge of my students when using punctuations, prepare them for literacy testing in 2nd and 3rd grade, improve their reading and comprehension skills, as well as getting them to write better sentences for their grade level.
The Punctuator video can be used as an additional tool for my guided reading groups. As they are learning to read they will increase their literacy skills. There is always time for play and before I end my lesson I would thrown on a cape and become “Mr. Punctuator” by playing the video and having the students create their own sentences by using punctuations. To assist everyone in the class, I would make every student a Punctuation Detective and we would watch the video from a DVD so that we could stop review and each and every sentence and its correct punctuation use. When I want to review the topic of punctuations I can run the video and afterwards have my students create an additional story featuring Little Wendy. Another way to engage my students is to have them watch the video and then have a set of students test each other on what they learned and how they can use the punctuations in their everyday writing.
Through these lessons and exercises my students should become proficient in the use of Punctuations by the time they have finished 1st grade.
The Punctuator Changes a Little Wendy Tale: Dripping Ice Cream Video referenced from - DiscoveryEducation.com