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Patience in the Classroom

Patience. It’s a word we would never bother looking up in the dictionary because we already understand its meaning. But sometimes a well-known word can leap to life with new meaning and application when we read its formal definition. So consider what Dictionary.com has to say about patience.

Patience: putting up with provocation, annoyance, misfortune, delay, hardship, or pain, with fortitude and calm and without complaint, loss of temper, irritation or the like. It is an ability or willingness to suppress restlessness or annoyance when confronted with delay.

Wow. Simply put, patience means not showing annoyance or anger with people or things that aren’t acting as we desire! From this definition we can deduce that we are very often…. not patient!

This definition leads me to believe that the practice of “patience” or “impatience” relies almost completely on the words that come out of our mouths and the body language that we exhibit (heavy sighs, eye-rolling, stomping, slamming doors) when we do not like what is being said or done. 

Patience is required every day and in every way within any classroom full of youthful minds who will use their ingenuity to test your patience every day and in many ways. Any teacher who assumes that a room full of children will be eager to sit quietly and listen to the teacher teach, will be surprised by the rude awakening that children don’t work that way. Don’t go into teaching unless you’ve been blessed with the ability to patiently keep teaching, even when it appears that no one is listening. You will need to patiently guide the child to where he or she needs to be and find new and improved ways to maintain their attention, not to mention the ability to patiently re-teach.

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Use of HAIKU DECK in the classroom

Haiku Deck, a free iPad app, is a completely new kind of presentation software designed to make your slides stunning. Whether you are pitching an idea, teaching a lesson, delivering a keynote, or igniting a movement, Haiku Deck makes presentations simple, beautiful, and fun.

Please have a look at this site to know how HAIKU DECK can be used:

http://classwithapps.com/2013/02/haiku-deck/

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3 Components of Parent Teacher Meeting

 

 

ImageA parent-teacher conference is a short meeting or conference between the parents and teachers of students to discuss children’s progress at school and find solutions to academic or behavioral problems. Parent-teacher conferences supplement the information conveyed by report cards by focusing on students’ specific strengths and weaknesses in individual subjects and generalizing the level of inter-curricular skills and competences.

The main components of parent teacher conference are:

BUILDING A PARTNERSHIP :

Parent-teacher conferences can help develop a successful partnership between parents and teachers. Teachers often introduce parents to their teaching style, discipline methods and classroom policies early in the year through parent orientation and written information. Parents can return the favor during a conference by using a few moments to describe your child’s after school activities, family relationships or hobbies to help the teacher better understand what makes him tick. Parents can express commitment to their child’s education, such as explaining the way they ensure he completes homework assignments, helps clarify their intention to continue as an active member of the team. Telling the teacher how much parents appreciate the notes she sends home, her organizational skills or positive attitude with her students lets the teacher know her value and her work on the team as well

GATHERING INFORMATION:

 A main ingredient of the parent-teacher conference is exchanging information with the teacher about the child’s academic progress and social development. This can include everything from how well she does in math to how she spends her recess time. Writing down your questions about her school day and listing the things that concern you most will help save time and ensure you cover the important topics

DEVELOPING A PLAN: 

The final portion of a parent-teacher conference typically addresses the plan to help the child work through his school difficulties or find ways to ensure his continued success. The teacher may suggest an after-school tutoring program, additional homework or a specialized in-school program designed to help him cope with a learning disability. Advanced children might need extra projects to prevent boredom or more time to pursue artistic endeavors through an evening or weekend class.

 

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Talking Stick in the classroom

  • IMG_2470.JPG Explain to students that people used a “talking stick” to make sure that each person had a turn to share his or her ideas and opinions with the rest of the group. The person holding the stick had the right to speak. Everyone else was expected to listen with respect. When a person finished talking, he or she passed the stick to someone else.
  • Have students sit in a circle and give the stick to a student who is comfortable speaking to a group. Ask that student to share something with the class. You might specify a topic or let students choose their own. When the first student finishes sharing, he or she passes the stick to the student on the right. Tell students that anyone who doesn’t want to speak can simply pass the stick to the next person. Students should continue passing the stick until each person has had a chance to speak. You might want students to pass the stick more than once so some of the shyer students have a second chance to share their thoughts, but don’t insist that a student talk if he or she doesn’t want to.
  • You can use this activity in a variety of situations, including conflicts between two students who have trouble listening to each other’s point of view.
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10 ways to use Qr codes in the Classroom

Please everyone have a look at this site. This is really very beneficial for the educators.

https://ipads-k12classroom.wikispaces.com/QR+Codes+in+the+Classroom

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Tech Task # 7 : Mobile Learning

I have listened to Liz and found it quite interesting to know about  various techniques of mobile learning. I would like to use Qr codes in my classroom in order to get in touch with every student and continue interaction between everyone.

What is a QR code? It’s short for “Quick Response” and it is (usually) in the shape of a square. It looks like a bar code with black splotches instead of lines.

When you see one, you can use your smartphone or any mobile device with a camera, QR code reader app and internet access (i.e. iPod) to scan the square. Once you scan it, the code will point your device to the web-based location set up by the code creator.For any unit your students are learning, you can create QR codes, print them on paper and either place them in a center or spread them out. Each code can point to a site you want your students to use for an activity. This could either be an informational site (i.e. find information) or a brain teaser (i.e. get the ideas flowing). This can help keep your students focused and provide access to a variety of resources when you don’t have enough computers for each student.

Liz has talked  about the site www.polltogo.com which is one of the best sites to get immediate responses from students with the help of Qr code.  I will use QR codes when I want to quickly share a video I created using Explain Everything and then  I will print the QR. The entire class can easily scan the code to access the video without having to navigate to a website or check their emails. On the bonus side, when a student is absent, I keep the QR code for her/him. So the next day, they can still view the video tutorial I created by simple scanning the code.

Thanks to Liz for sharing such helpful resources of mobile learning.

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What is Autism?

Autism spectrum disorder (asd) and autism are both general terms for a group of complex disorders of brain development. These disorders are characterised in varying degrees by difficulties in social interaction, verbal and non-verbal communication and repetitive behaviours. Some disorders that fall under autism are: Autistic disorder, rett syndrome, childhood disintegrative disorder, pervasive development disorder-not otherwise specified (BDD-NOS) and asperger syndrome.

ASD can be associated with intellectual disability difficulties in motor coordination and attention and physical health issues such as sleep, gastro intestinal disturbances. Some persons with ASD excel in visual skills, music, math and art.

Autism is characterized by

  • Impairments in verbal and nonverbal communication

(speaking in abnormal tones, repeating words or phrases, trouble starting and keep conversation, does not understand simple statements and misses humor and sarcasm.

  • Impairments in reciprocal social interactions

(unusual or inappropriate body language, unlikely to approach others, difficulty making friends)

  • Restricted, repetitive, and stereotypic patterns of behaviour, interests, and activities.

(Hands flapping, rocking, strong need for sameness like order and routine, preoccupation with one specific interest or object)

 

 

 

 

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Tech Task # 6 Part 2

I have used ds106 assignments for Tech Task #6 part 2.

The first  assignment I did was web assignment called google -map- trip. I have found my new house on the google map where I am collecting sweet memories with my family.

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Here is the link for this:

http://assignments.ds106.us/assignments/google-map-trip/

The second assignment I did was writing assignment called 10 Seconds of Thanks.

I would like to thank God, my family, my friends………( Time is too short to list everyone…..)

Here is the link:

http://assignments.ds106.us/assignments/10-seconds-of-thanks/

This is for the first time I am using ds106 assignments and found it quite interesting one.  I liked that it had different categories- writing, visual, web, design, video, mashed etc. One can make his own story with different tools available at this site. I would like to thank Alan Levine for sharing  such useful resources.

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Dont Worry Be Happy!

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