Saturday, September 17, 2011

Patriot Pete visits Arrowhead Elementary

Just a glimpse of Patriot Pete's time so far at Arrowhead Elementary Library.

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We are all going to miss Pete when he moves on to another elementary school!

Thursday, September 15, 2011

Am I doing enough to prepare my students for the future?

I am often plagued by this question. Did I do enough today to get my students ready for their tomorrow. A tomorrow that may take them around the world in an instant. And honestly I am not sure. I often wonder how much control I should give them in the library because giving up control in the past has often been loud. In a library built in the 70's without any walls, in the center of the building, loud is not always looked upon as a good thing even when loud means learning is happening. Thanks to this video I am again re-thinking my pedagogy. Am I doing what is best for my students. I ask this question of myself every day. Let me know if you have an answer to this age old question. In the meantime enjoy LibrarainTiff's video.

Sunday, September 04, 2011

Constitution Day

I attended a Dr. Lodge Fizz session at PETE & C a couple of years ago and I have been fighting myself about how to do this for Constitution Day. Every time I think I have it, it seems too confusing for 4th grade. So now I see this on Lodge's website. Am I crazy to try this with 4th grade?

Friday, September 02, 2011

Behind the Name Part 2

Here is one of the PowerPoints we made in 4th grade a couple of years ago. At that time it was easy to upload a large file to SlideShare but now I would have to buy more space. So, this past year each child got a CD (yes going backward).

Behind the Name

For several years I have been doing a "Behind the Name" project with my 4th graders in March (which is designated as Name Month). We read the book "The Name Jar" by Yangsook Choi which delights the growing Asian population in my school. After we read the book we research our name, create a Wordle of what our name means, write several different types of poems about our name and put it all into a PowerPoint. Today I found this "Behind the Name" project on SlideShare and now I am thinking of incorporating a PhotoStory instead of just a PowerPoint into the project and adding some interesting new dimensions to this fun, painless research project.

Thanks aidenyeh on SlideShare for sharing your project and informing my pedagogy!

Thursday, September 01, 2011

Infographic on 6 Emerging Technologies in Education

Here is an Infographic on 6 Emerging Technologies in Education... do you use any of them? How will they change our teaching?

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