Tuesday, May 28, 2013
Blog Post #1: If I Built A School!
My Dream School
Have you ever sat down long enough to dream about if you ever had the chance to design and build your own school? I know I have, plenty of times! Just as Krissy Venosdale, a teacher for about ten years, said in her blog, "If I Built A School," my dream school would be nice, and cozy. Venosdale mentioned "colorful walls, comfy seating, nooks, and crannies where kids could collaborate, discuss, dream, and learn, a treehouse in the library with fake trees that contain lights. An art room that looks more like a studio. A cafeteria that looks like a seating area at a cozy, modern coffee house and could be used throughout the day as another comfy gathering space." Her description of her dream school, is exactly how I imagine the school I dream of!! It would be a place that the children would want to go, and actually enjoy going to!! When building a school, one would need to think of the educational aspects as well. Teacher's would need to consider that it is a learning environment, but hey, learning can be fun. And that is exactly what every teacher would do, make learning FUN!!
Sugata Mitra is Professor of Educational Technology at the School of Education, Communication and Language Sciences at Newcastle University, England. He is best known for his "Hole in the Wall" experiment, and widely cited in works on literacy and education. In his video "Sugata Mitra TED 2013 Talk" he explained how schools are obsolete and what the difference between schooling in the past, present and future! Wow, things have changed!! Today we are so absorbed with technology that you cannot go anywhere without it being thrown in your face! However, sometimes it isn't a bad thing. When I start teaching, my classroom will be a very tech savvy class. (You have to keep up with the world!!)
What I want my students to learn and what tools will they use?!My students will learn the general, social studies, math, science, and reading, but we will learn on a technological system. I will have either a SmartBoard of a Promethean Board in my room!
What I want my kids to be able to do! My students will be able to work a SmartBoard of Promethean Board efficiently.
What will be my primary way of teaching my students what I want them to know and to do? My students will learn on a hands on system and as mentioned before, a technological system!
What role will my students play in the classroom? My students will play a major role in the classroom!! They will help each other learn and focus on the materials. My students will also help me teach, so that they will be able to learn in a different aspect.