Monday, January 30, 2012

Standard

The standard that i have decided to pick is the Responsible Behaviors: under the Physical Education Standards of Learning for Virginia Public Schools 2.4.

The 2.4 standard states that "...students will exhibit, in physical activity settings, cooperative, respectful, and safe behaviors."

A good activity that i can think of that would fall within the standard and would be beneficial for all different types of learners would be the game  "capture the flag". In which individuals would come up various different strategics measures to complete the goal.


Saturday, January 28, 2012

about the blog i chose to read...

The Republican Candidates’ Views on Education – Should We Do Away with the Department of Education?

The reason I chose to read this particular blog is that it influences the people who have the greatest pull in deciding how the education system (in which I to work one day) should be run. We need to know as much as we can about potential presidents before they take even one step into Washington DC. I'm not saying that I know everything about Obama, but I am very pleased with all that he's done, especially considering what was dropped in his lap by a certain ex-president.

As we know, the  Education Department is in charge of "establishing policies on federal financial aid for education, distributing and monitoring those funds, collecting data on America’s schools and disseminating research, focusing national attention on key educational issues, and prohibiting discrimination and ensuring equal access to education" (Wells, 2012). Susan Wells make a good point about the Department Education needing  reform ( or as I like to call it a "smack across the face").  In this economic downturn, Wells says, "Teachers, in fear for their jobs, teach to the test and don’t always encourage free thinking and discovery. There isn’t time or money for centers, science, art or music. Teachers are forced to drop engaging and fun learning lessons in exchange for strict math and reading lessons."

As i was reading some of the presidential candidates' comments on whether to keep the Department of Education, some quotes caught my eye. For instance, this one by Newt Gingrich, who believes that we as educators, should focus our curriculum on a more patriotic view instead of multiculturalistic view. I do not like that idea. I feel that everyone should have a wider appreciation of every culture in this world, not just their own.. Coming from a background that is very rich in American, South Asian, and South American cultures, it is very important (I feel) that everyone has the opportunity to explore the world through the cultures that are around him or her. The one candidate I felt had at least one good point to make was Mitt Romney, who stated that he was against schools inflicting specific religious practices or prayer in schools. Instead Romney stressed teaching the importance of 'economics and family values" (Wells, 2012). There were many things that Romney said that I did not agree with, but I believe that teaching the importance of money management and family value is worth doing.

Overall this was a good blog, and I feel that it has a lot to do with our class. It is very informative and gives insights into the minds of Republican candidates. 

Tuesday, January 24, 2012

Reactions to the "teddy bears go blogging"

So I just finished reading the "teddy bears go blogging" by Brenda Sherry and my reactions to the article and perception to this blogging site are very positive. The ability to create a virtual "pen-pal" is very smart idea. I remember when I was in elementary school and we wrote letters to a someone, let's say in Florida, I would have to wait nearly a week for me to hear a response. Using a teddy bear is also a smart idea, especially since its elementary aged children your are dealing with.
From a teaching standpoint this web-initiated program is very rewarding for all use it. Particularly for those students who need some editing in their works. A feature that I found to be very intriguing was the audioblogger. This feature is very awesome, as Sherry, stated, it's "...a great option for student who would prefer to record an oral message if writing or keyboarding is difficult"(2007). The ability for teachers to monitor, screen and edit comments left by students and all those who leave comments on a particular blog, is very important.
One of the best things that I feel blogging offers to a classroom is the excitement that it bring to a child's life. The ability to incorporate reading, writing, and an opportunity to "travel" without having to leave the safety of home for a tech savvy generation, is invaluable.

Monday, January 23, 2012