I just wanted to take a moment to recognize my fellow Allendale Columbia School bloggers. These are the teachers who are reflecting, writing, and sharing what is happening in their classroom with the world. It takes a brave soul to put yourself out there into that big crazy world called the web. It takes an even braver soul to share your work, practice, classroom, lessons, and reflections. I look around at what is happening in my fellow teachers classrooms and wish that each one of them had a blog.
Señora Brown (@lindseybbrown)
She presented at this weeks Tech Tuesday about her use of the blog as a classroom tool. I really enjoyed hearing about her use of the blog to (unintentionally) teach. She assigns a project for Spanish pronouns, which she explains better than I could…
Students in sexto learned hand motions to remind them of the meanings of Spanish pronouns. They were then charged with the task of making a dramatic video integrating the hand motions and the Spanish words. Here are two standout dramatic renditions!
My favorite part about these videos is that they cross grade levels. One student made her video with her little brother in first grade for the spanish pronoun project. Señora Brown teaches 6-12 grade so the blog acts as a resource for all of her students.
Dr. Thompson (@drjcthompson)
Dr. Thompson is not just a fabulous bio teacher, doctor, and brilliant scientist, she is also a blogger. Her blog is mainly a place for her to post and reflect upon assignments and experiences. One of my favorite posts is about “Classroom Upgrades,” sparked by her experience at a conference on cognitive skills.
Tep Tech (@TepTech)
Mr. T is our schools director of Curricular Technology. He has first hand knowledge and experience of working as a teacher which makes him an even better resource to all of our faculty. He understands what it’s like to have a piece of technology fail (in the middle of a lesson). He understands the obstacles related with learning new technology (time and the lack thereof). This is why he started a bi-weekly meeting called “Tech Tuesdays.”
Recently at Allendale Columbia School, in Rochester, NY, we started hosting bi-weekly Tech. Tuesday presentations for our faculty and staff delivered by our faculty and staff. The concept is to promote the technology use within our school building. There are three reasons for this. First, for teachers to see how their colleagues are using technology. Second, to build momentum and get other less tech. savvy teachers interested in using technology in their classroom (the snowball affect). Third, just to get our faculty sharing about what is going on within the walls of our school.
Every two weeks, two teachers share a presentation in a 30 minute block…
Presenters will use a style called “Ingite”. Using this format, presenters give 5 minute presentations with 20 Power Point slides running on autoplay at 15 seconds per slide. Using this format will optimize information and time in a meaningful way for attendees without taking too much from already busy schedules.
Ms. VanAlstyne (@bibliopheme)
Our librarian is a great multi-tech-tasker. She releases a digital newsletter called “Read & Research,” she maintains the school library website and catalog, and she still finds time to blog. Ms. Van keeps a great selection of books for all ages. She has an entire section completely dedicated to graphic novels (my all time favorite), and is constantly updating the shelves with new releases.
Comment with your favorite teacher blog.