An experiment in integrating Birdbrain Robotics into the Reading Wonders curriculum. Utilizing the Reading Wonders reading curriculum, the monthly writing focus, eligible science content, and the design process, students create robotic animals. Through the design process, students reflect on their design, process, and collaborative work to be successful. We will discuss how this all came together and how I have reflected on the process as an educator.
HORIZON THEMES:Collaborative Learning, Deeper Learning Approaches, Students as Creators Check out the sessions at: https://sites.google.com/a/dasd.org/detc17/break-out-sessions
April 29, 2016 I presented at the National Student Teacher and Supervision Conference at West Chester University. During an independent study in the summer of 2015 with Dr. Carol Smith, I learned about Mulimodal Resources. In culmination of the course, I created the following resources dually purposed for student and teacher use. The purpose of the resource is to make the field trip interactive and educational and contain a hub of information to help guide research and learning as well as provide resources to create multimodal resources. The project was perfectly in line with Julie Coiro's yet to be published research on Personal Digital Inquiry (PDI) in K-8 classrooms. Her research was recently published in The Reading Teacher March/April isssue. http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1002/trtr.1450/abstract
Blogs & Articles
Local Middle School Writing Teacher, Brian Kelley, wrote about me in his blog post From the Classroom: Advice on Landing a Teaching Position. You can also find the link on Twitter. I love every opportunity to promote positive social media presence!
All of the resources are available to view and use Right There! Check out how I would teach Multiplication of Multi-Digit Numbers for 4th Grade.
These are some of my experiences from this past year as the Building Substitute for Westtown Thornbury Elementary in West Chester Area School District.
1 Week with 5th Grade Learning Support
Our 5th Grade learning support teacher gave me the opportunity to plan for her students for the week she was out. We celebrated Poetry Month and Earth Day with cross curricular and engaging lessons. What you see above is the culminating project the student created with nature and haiku. Lesson Plans to come...
The other day as a music substitute we learned about percussion instruments. I threw together this powerpoint to give the students a visual.
4th grade explored Symmetry in math and we had some hands on activities finding the lines of symmetry in different shapes. At the end of the day, we started our investigation on magnetism. After we began the investigation we watched a quick clip of Bill Nye to explain what objects that stick to metal are made of.
May 14th, I attended Edcamp Philly with my colleague who teaches HS Music at Mastery Charter Schools Thomas Campus. The camp was held at the Science Leadership Academy and attendance came from PA, NJ, and more! It was a great experience and I found out more about makerspaces and BreakoutEDU.
April 23rd, myself and two other WTE teachers attended Edcamp Lancaster! It was a great learning experience and we all came out of it with ideas for the school. View my twitter page for more info @AmandaJeane2
Mr. Rogers, a 5th grade teacher at WTE, invited me into his classroom after PSSAs for an afternoon of Robotics. The students showed me their Dash & Dot robots and I taught them about my Sphero and BB8 bots.
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I am currently not tutoring due to my focus on my new job. I will notify those interested and post on my webpage when I resume services.
January-February 2016, I was a day to day substitute for West Chester Area School District and Tredyffrin-Easttown School District. Within these districts I have worked with grades K-5 as a classroom teacher and aide. As a day-to-day substitute I made an effort to leave feedback for teachers and I did yoga with the classes I worked with.
World Read Aloud Day
We celebrated World Read Aloud Day at the New Directions program by reading Mind Your Monsters by Catherine Bailey. We used the book to fortify the magic word "please" and help our students with practice in recognition of their own behaviors. We created our monster and then asked them to PLEASE stop bothering us.