Discussion in 'General Education' started by Ms.Holyoke, Sep 2, 2018.
Sep 2, 2018
And I didn't know exactly how to spell it so I just kinda guessed.
We bought sheet metal at Lowes for a bulletin board in the home office. We just used it plain, but I like the idea of making it fancy. We are both pretty handy, but he is better with power tools. I'll have to see where I could use a board in my room. I'd love to have a magnetic poetry station for my class.
I'm trying to find a place for this as well.
I'm glad I've inspired you!
It seems like it is "highly suggested" to post standards and everyone does it. I like the sheet protector idea. I could just hang it to the side of the board.
That's what I was thinking as well. I like to use inquiry-based lessons as well so it's sometimes hard to come up with an objective that fits.
For ELA teachers, don't you think we teach several standards per class? What do you post?
I post only the one being assessed that day.
It actually is not a waste of time as some students need to know the purpose of the day’s lesson and what they will be doing. It helps certain students more than others.
I'm sure you can find lovely articles that support writing it on the board, but all I know is I'm happy my district doesn't require it. Heck, if I did everything that the research said teachers should do, then I'd have to live in the school. Singing during class probably helps some students more than others, but I'm not going to start doing it. Let's be honest. My students are just fine (better than fine!) without seeing that written on the board. Absolutely I will explain (verbally) what we are going to be learning at the start of the lesson, but my board space is precious, and so is my time, and the ten minutes I spend formulating that (and then erasing it and re-writing it if it's too sloppy because I couldn't stand to look at something sloppy all day) would be better spent helping a student or coming up with a fun brain break or perfecting my day's lesson.
We are required. I reference them in every class period. I have printed the objectives on card stock. I do them 2 weeks at a time, so I don't have to print daily. Then I use magnets to adhere them to the white board. This way it is in the same print every day, I'm assured they fit in the space and I can reuse them in the coming years.
The only reason I bother is because we're required. Someone a higher pay grade than myself thinks it is a helpful tool.
I’m not saying that we should we institute every little thing that the research suggests, but don’t discount some things because it requires you to do a little more work. (As an aside, I have six 8-foot whiteboards in my classroom, one of which is a coordinate grid for graphing, along with the newer model of Smart Board. How many whiteboards do you have?)
Moreover, I include all of the objectives and standards at the start of all my lecture notes (which are printed and handed out to students at the start of each unit) and I read them off at the start of class. I don’t have to write them down as the students already have access to them. Students also have access to my lesson plans on the course Moodle page and they frequently reference the daily objectives so they know what the heck it is that we are doing. It is especially helpful for students who are are absent because they can see what they are doing on a daily basis and what they should be learning and mastering specifically, not generally.
I have one whiteboard, and it's plenty. But I don't need to fill it with nonsense. Stop making it sound like I'm not doing it because I don't want to do a little extra work. I'm not doing it because it's not an effective use of my time, and pretty much everyone in my department/school would agree. I can do other little things that will actually help my students instead.If a student is absent, they email me for the course notes. Easy game. I know you think everything your private school does is perfect, but to me this is an extreme example of micromanaging, and an example of a school not trusting the teachers to teach what they should be teaching. Some administrator heard about it at a workshop and decided it'd be cool to force upon teachers. Not down with that.
BTW: Moodle? What is this 2012 lol? Our district did away with that a while ago as it was deemed to be too dated to continue using. Have you considered using Google Classroom instead?
I used Moodle...when I was a classroom teacher over 6 years ago! LOL!
Nowadays, everyone in my district uses Google Classroom.
My principal and I don’t like to see the actual standard. We do, however, like “I Can” statements. Keep in mind, though, that we’re elementary.
I believe most of our middle and high school teachers prefer seeing the objective instead of the standard.
Sep 3, 2018
Some teachers use Google Classroom, but it’s up to the teacher. We just bought an updated server and we have the most recent edition of Moodle. It’s exactly quite nifty. I especially like the feature where you can make custom problem sets for each student by entering a single formula. It’s a great formative assessment tool.
And you only have one whiteboard?! Pfft. That’s poo-poo. I frequently walk about the classroom and *need* to help students individually because we frequently do investigative tasks and collaborative work.
And what am I supposed to think? I frequently hear teachers such as yourself (E.g., an “extreme case of micromanaging.” Really?) gripe about having to do tasks that take a few seconds or less than a minute to do. I do all those tasks without a forethought and have no qualms doing more if need be.
Students don’t have to email for the notes because I uploaded them to the class resource page. That seems more efficient than emailing them to each absent student. Said students can download them whenever they want.
We all have our preferences. I personally don’t like Google Classroom and prefer the updated version of Moodle. It has better features for math classes, IMO.
Other teachers at my school use Google Classroom. I don’t and that’s okay.
I really don’t know why that’s so humorous. And I would almost guarantee you that my school has more recent and better technologies than most public schools. Should I laugh at how old and delapidated the books, chairs, and facilities are and look, plus else, at various public schools?
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