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What Does A Teacher’s Brain Look Like?

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The caffeine area is rather small. What’s missing?

It made me smile.

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This is an EXCELLENT SITE

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Edudemic is filled with educational/academic resources. It has a page dedicated to teachers featuring the  best and most popular resources available; narrowing down their guides to make reading, using and sharing easy.  Here are two examples of their feature articles:

 

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It also features the best education technology, resources for students and a lot more.

The 35 Best Web 2.0 Classroom Tools Chosen By You

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My Tagxedo

tagxedo  So much fun!

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Common Sense: Becoming More Common Through Common Sense Media

Common Sense Media, founded by Jim Stever is a non-profit organization advocating child and family issues. Its focus in on the effects of media and technology to young users. It reviews books, movies, shows, video games, apps, music, and websites and rates them in terms of age-appropriate educational content, messages/role models, violence, sex and profanity. 

The site primarily offers recommendations on child-safe, educational and appropriate media. I found it useful as you can get ready information on movies, videos, games, apps and a lot more that you wish to avail for your children. They present reviews and comments of others parents/people and are open to public for further info.

What I found very interesting about this site however are the resources available for educators. It includes an array of sample lessons and links that are usable in classrooms. You can even view sample lessons that educators can utilize right away.

I also enjoyed reading their Media Ratings System and What’s Appropriate at every Age. I couldn’t help but nod and say. “a-huh” and ask, “really?”

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STF Cybertips for Teachers

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Reading this flyer made me realize a lot of mistakes I had in the past. It didn’t happen here in Canada, but still … Five years ago, I started creating class on-line pages for my different classes to make connections easier. So we communicated regarding home works, extension works, projects and even revisions for examinations and stuff. It was cool because my students then enjoyed working with me on-line more than seeing me in class. The downside though was the extra time I spent teaching outside working hours which I honestly didn’t mind until it affected my time with my own kids and my family life. I kind of enjoyed it too because the “enthusiasm” was there and it inspired the processes we had on-line. I guess I was the only one who did it in the school where I used to teach.

The on-line collaboration also helped our class bridge distance in our international projects (our big ones) where we locally raised funds to build water wells in poor communities abroad. My students met and talked with the coordinators and beneficiaries abroad via chat, emails and Yahoo Messenger. It surely gave them a different view collaborating with people from completely different environments in “real time.” We were proud of our endeavors in going beyond the walls of our classrooms to do project that created direct impacts on others’ lives. 

However, the main e-ngine we used was Facebook. Though I created a group solely for my class use, it still somehow went beyond our created boundaries on FB because of posts and tags and re-posts, comments, etc. Parents of my students got connected, my own FB friends, friends of my students, friends of friends pitched in and it got chaotic.

The worse part was when I resigned from the school, the group continued to exist under my account and I don’t know how to continue the same. Every now and then, I get messages, inquiries which I don’t know how to answer now.

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Parents are Part of the Learning Environment

Parents are part of the learning community. They do play a big role of being the “first teachers” of their child/children. The child’s learning process is not a separate entity far from home and from the community. In certain learning approaches, parents are clearly defined in the learning environment of children. It is therefore valid, acceptable and has always been a practice (I believe) to include parents in school activities, programs and a lot more things related to their child/children’s schools, education, learning process and planning.

The reactions of parents in this case are of course valid too but we can always debate depending on what view they are coming from. As a teacher and a parent, I would be more than happy to join my children and their classes on activities like these. I would be more than glad to volunteer should I have the time. As an adult, I will of course assess myself whether I have the capacity to take the responsibility of being with such and such group.

Parents’ involvement in activities like these should be encouraged. These will give the parents the opportunity to know more about the learning processes his/her child is into. That way, a parent will have a better understanding on how to work with the school in furthering his/her child’s development. It is also a healthy opportunity in building “teamwork” and collaboration between parents and educators and of course the children as well.

Agribition. What’s wrong with exposing your child in fairs such as Agribition? We’re in the Prairies. This is a great opportunity for the children to understand their community/environment.

The only loophole that I see here is the absence (or maybe not mentioned) of proper procedures on how to secure the “security” of the children. I am not sure how common or popular it is in Canada to ask parents/guardians who wishes to volunteer to submit a criminal record check.

In conclusion, as a parent, putting my children to unsafe situations would be the most unthinkable. I used to argue with my fifteen year old son every time he asked permission to go here and there with friends, etc. he would say, `You don`t trust me, Mom,`with a matching sad face). I used to conclude conversations like this by saying,`Ì trust you but I don`t trust the people around you.` And the whole thing was sad… you know why? He learned to cross the road only when he turned 14.

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Technology WHAT?

I came across an article regarding technology in Third World countries, how it is in Third world classrooms and its impact.  It talks about how it is becoming more popular in classrooms since it is more affordable now  compared to how much it cost ten years ago. Given that development, it is now more accessible to more and more people. It is also continuously changing the way teachers deliver and the way students learn. However, the hindrance to fully embrace this development is right at the very face of technology itself. Teachers feel limited in transferring and utilizing the technological skills since not all of them are confident enough; not everyone receives adequate training. It also mentioned that educators are not that motivated since students won’t have the same gadgets or access to technology at home.

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I wish to qualify the write-up, however, I have witnessed scenarios like this in Philippines. In the big cities, you won’t feel the scarcity of technology, not much at least. But if you travel hours away from the main cities and enter the rural communities, then you will start hearing, “SMARTboard, what?” You can forget talking about the computer or internet connection but you can engage in conversation regarding getting access to electricity and running water.

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Frustration

So much info, so much activities and I have no computer at home. That’s my frustration right now. But because I am enjoying and I am very much interested on the activities and on the course as a whole, I’m moving on. I really would love to understand each concepts and items completely, it’s just too fast-paced for me and like what I’ve said, I have no proper equipment right now. The library won’t allow you to download stuff from the net and not to mention a limit of one hour use of computers. I was lucky enough for two consecutive days to be given extensions on the use of their computers during the weekend (it wasn’t that busy after all.)

I feel so limited right now.

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Mabuhay!

Magandang araw!

Thanks for visiting my site. My name is Kathlyn, Len for short, “Kit” with my friends, “Mrs. K” with my students and Kathlyn N. at home when I’m in trouble. I am a teacher by trade and a passionate learner. As a teacher, I am committed to continuous learning (the catch? I don’t want my students to be smarter than I am :) ). I take every experience (good and bad), new places (pleasant or unpleasant), different situations (positive or negative) as great learning opportunities.

The world is my classroom for teaching and at the same time …for learning. I am almost always thrilled with excitement in being with different people and cultures, in completely different places. Learning is more beautiful when it comes in variety, when it is about real things… when it`s about life.

`The world is a stage,” that’s my motto and everyone will just have to deliver their best performance, whatever their role might be.

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