Sunday, September 26, 2010
"Thanks!" to all who have joined in and worked with the changes in Skills Cafe, Support Study, Room 215.
G. Did You Know?=0
Where do we meet? At the field house Ticket Booth! Go out the building Stairwell #3, around the back of the school past the cafeteria. All meet quietly at the ticket booth.
H. Fire Drill
I. Practice your ReadingGet signed up for Literary Companion see your case manager.
September 27, 2010
A. Week 5- What's Ahead?-Graphic Organizers
Graphic Organizers aren't just for writing anymore! I am sure all of you would admit to using graphic organizers when you write. This week will review Graphic Organizers as a way to visually organize your reading.
1. Graphic Organizer 2. Write the main idea from each block in the newsletter 3. Share the main idea with a peer
B. Go from Zero to Hero on your Quizzes
What belongs in your Toolkit? As a student you need to have tools in your toolkit which will make your life easier. The google domain has a calendar, a document , a presentation, a website tool, gmail, Quizlet and a way to record audio! Sciencewriter.cast.org, this week helped many of you write up your science labs.You created an Animoto at animoto.com, where else can you use that tool? Congratulations you have been busy!
A new tool introduced last week was Quizlet! As I looked at Snapgrades many of you did not do well in your Vocabulary Quizzes. This week we will take charge of new vocabulary with online FLASHCARDS! Please share your Quizlet with me and I will link it on Facebook.
C. The Weeks in Review
D. Books on Audio, mp3, itouch, shuffle, CD
Have you thought about listening to your books? We have Catcher in the Rye, Farewell to Manazar and many more. But even more if you have a library card from Wells Public Library, you qualify for a Portland Library Card, and you also can qualify and download your own audio books. See Mrs. Oakes about how you can do this. See Ms. Cowan and Ms. Jortberg to get other books on AUDIO.
E. Do you have a learning tip to share?
You can share your ideas here with your classmates. One of your Animotos, a poem, a story, ideas, your own photos or movies! Nothing to Do? Here is the $20.00 Challenge
You can write an essay for NPR public radio student essay. If your essay is published, I will give you a $20.00 itunes gift certificate. You can have help with your essay. Here are the essay rules. http://thisibelieve.org/guidelines/
Use the graphic organizer below and find one fact in each section!
A, B, C, D, E, F, G, H, I
Saturday, September 18, 2010
You will be hearing lots of stories this year about high school, special education, universal design for learning, assistive technology and our google domain.
We decided to begin with making some changes in our support study. We now have a Skills Cafe. This is organic, flexible and as one of my peers says crunchy. Ask the students what they think, they have a few more descriptors like this is not what I want to do, why do I have to do this, this is dumb, and many more. Anything to get out of being organized and collaborative. However, we have a plan and we are sticking to it. I should mention that some students thought it was cool, especially since they can add things to the calendar like football games, field hockey, drama, and marching band. I will be busy trying to attend something for each student!
This is going to be a year long journey. We will have some challenges, some celebrations and some student success stories. If you have something to share along these lines leave a comment, let’s build this together and share with others.
My new blog Learning Cafe a door to the future http://learningcafe-doortothefuture.blogspot.com/
Our twitter: Door2Future
Our moodle page: http://moodle.wocsd.org/course/view.php?id=199
Our Twitter Feed goes right to the blog and to our Facebook page.
Saturday, September 11, 2010
Friday, September 3, 2010
Thursday, September 2, 2010
Wednesday, September 1, 2010
Most teachers teach the way that they learn best!
How can we ensure that all of our students are learning? Universal Design for Learning is one way. Letting your students advocate for their preferences is another.
This is a journey, hope you stop back and check our progress.