I first used a wiki in my classroom roughly 7 years ago when I created a wiki for an American history class I was teaching. I had links to resources, journal entries, etc. My district devoted a lot of time that year, and the year prior, to setting up wikis for everyone in the district, giving us training, and troubleshooting any problems we might have. I also spent a lot of time and effort putting together what I thought was a decent start to the use of wikis in my classroom. My students seemed to like the use of wikis and I thought the first year was a success. But as things seem to go in education, the next year we moved on to using moodles in the classroom. The year after that blackboard. Wash, rinse, repeat.
I was really surprised by the responses I received to my blog post this week. I really thought there would be varying viewpoints depending on what type of school or occupation of the commenter, but what I discovered is that, for my classmates, we have all thought long and hard about the process of evaluation of both teachers and students, and while most of us feel there is a need for teacher evaluation, the system in place is designed to be punitive to those who teach the neediest students.
For you special education teachers out there, here is what our federal Secretary of Education thinks about us. It is only going to get worse.
I wanted to add a few links that I shared below that I feel touched on many of the comments provided. I’ll have to say I was surprised that everyone is feeling the heat and shared many of the same opinions, comments and concerns. I believe I am a good teacher, and I can tell by your responses that all of you are dedicated teachers well versed in your craft. If you have time take a look at the following three links.
Most of this school year I have been really excited as our staff were told that our high school would be going one-to-one with computers next year. At the last school board meeting, however, this plan was put on hold for another year. In talking with my building principal a few days ago, he asked if I thought I was ready to implement one-to-one computers in the classroom. Unhesitatingly I said yes, primarily because of classes like the one I am currently taking from PLS. While my students have access to computers within my classroom, I was looking forward to students always having their own computer, relying on them, and the expectation of using their computer daily both at school and at home. Continue reading
For a class assignment I have made a resource page using the Netvibes dashboard. Click HERE to review my resources and let me know what you think or tell me some of your favorite special education resources.
I have become excellent at creating folders in my bookmark tabs and saving things to read later. I have folders and sub-folders where I routinely save interesting articles, blog posts, videos, and how-to instructions. The problem is, I rarely look at them again. I find myself constantly looking for new information and only when I need to find a specific fact that I have already read, or want to remember how to put my mower deck back on the lawn tractor, do I ever try to find the information again. I usually search Google and, since I rarely delete my History, the pages I have already viewed are highlighted. It makes it difficult, though, when I have looked at many links on the same search page.
Over the years I have tried to engage my students in reading. As a high school learning support teacher, this has not always been easy, but I have learned what books my students will like and ways to bring them alive while we are reading them in class. For example, when we read Shane, I really concentrate on the concept of “movie in the mind” and sometimes will act out the parts of the fights and the gun battles to the class. My male students especially enjoy that and I can see their eyes light up.