I have the opportunity to teach some pretty amazing students. In my math class we were watching a video made by a teacher about fractions, and my students got the wonderful idea about creating their OWN teaching videos. They made these videos to be shared with the other students in the school to help them remember their own math facts. Enjoy :)
It's that time of year again! As I begin my second year of teaching I am thankful for many things. The thing I am most thankful for is I am not a newbie! Woohoo! Even though it was still just as crazy, I at least felt "prepared" crazy. Below are some pictures of my classroom! In my opinion it is so much greater than last year...as it should be! :)
The pictures above are when you enter my room. I have my positive quote wall and student cubbies! Also, some great Southwestern Advantage books :) Next to it will be my schedule board, objective board, and positive behavior chart. Next to it is my world map wall. It is already filling up quickly with postcards! Thanks friends! :)
Math/Reading/Writing center/Kitchen...multi-purposes :) I love the new pillows that my mom made and I love having a reading "center" for students to enjoy. I have posted many more posters around my room for students to look at and learn from. Having posters is a great teaching tool for students to learn on their own time :)
And lastly my area of the classroom. As you can see I have an "organized mess" happening right now :) I have new additions of technology with a document camera and Ipads...yay for technology! My shelves are mostly used as "I need to keep this, but have no where to put it so I put it in piles for now" :) I also have acquired to "new" computers for a typing center! I'm excited to have these in my classroom for student use to type their essays for the NeSA Writing Test! The last picture you can see the student desks all ready for the school year and the back of the room with a full view of the kitchen/writing/math/reading center :)
I hope you enjoyed my "classroom tour"! It's not a very big classroom, but I love every single part of it. It has a lot of "home" to it and will be perfect for my students.
Being a 23 year old, technology is a big part of my life. I constantly have my phone near by and use social media daily. I also believe that it is an important asset in the classroom. More and more things can be done using technology in our society. (Did you know you could take a picture of a check and have it deposited into your account!?...Crazy) And the classroom is the best place for me to implement it.
Back in April I applied for a grant to implement technology into the classroom, and I got it! $1500...how great is that!? With that money I purchased two Ipads and will using the rest of it for apps, ebooks, and something cool to use with my Mimio (turns my regular marker board into a SMART board) that the school also purchased.
I think technology in the classroom is not only great in helping students learn, but is also a great incentive. What student doesn't want to do their work for a chance to play an educational game on the Ipad?!
Since I want technology to be a bigger part of my classroom, I will be implementing social media with our daily activities. I have a twitter account to update good news and classroom happenings (follow me @bakersblessings). I will also soon be creating a "Miss Baker" facebook page. This will allow students to stay connected to me in a safe way. Social media is so neat if used in the proper way. I not only want to stay up to date on what is happening in my students' lives outside of school, but I believe it's important to know more about their teacher than just who they are in the classroom.
If you have any ideas on how ways to implement technology in my classroom please leave a comment below. I'm always open to new and inventive ways to be the best teacher I possibly can be...my students deserve that.