Thursday, September 10, 2009

Technologically Thinking!

I am considering offering some after school PD sessions on different technologies. I still consider myself a newbie, but maybe I can learn faster if I have some people learning along with me! I want to begin with blogging or social bookmarking. Not sure what else--maybe I'd let the wants/needs of other participants help drive it. Just brainstorming right now. I think I'll put together a handout for the next staff meeting and see who's interested. In the meantime, here's my latest tech learning:
First Day of School

Wednesday, September 9, 2009

Blogging with students

My co-teacher and I are excited to start our class of 6th grade boy readers on the path of blogging. I never realized how much work this would be! I don't know how classroom teachers have the time to get the technology set up amid all the other priorities that they have vying for their time!

I gave the boys a tech survey and so far 11 of 19 boys have returned them. Of the 11, only 7 of them have an email address. As I wait for the rest of the surveys to be returned, I am wondering what my next step will be. On the survey, I am asking for permission to post student work online, but now am wondering if I can extend that permission to setting up email addresses for those students who don't have them.

On the bright side, the boys got a chance to see some blogs today and what they might be able to accomplish with them. They created a name for our class blog: Mohawk Boys Read! and have started brainstorming what picture they want me to take of them to use for the header. I've sent out log-ins for the 7 boys who already have email, so I am interested to see if they do anything with it tonight.

In the meantime, I'll continue to read all the tutorials on edublogs. Sue Waters's The Edublogger has been extremely helpful, and I'd recommend it to any blogger with questions!

Tuesday, September 8, 2009

How to prepare when there is no substitute for your job?

Today was our first day with kids. It was a great day. I am so happy to be working with one of my 6th grade teachers in her all boys reading class. Sometimes literacy coaching can be a lonely job at the beginning of the school year.

Today I was able to cross many items off my to-do list. And that might be a very good thing because I was informed about an hour ago that one of my colleagues most likely has the H1N1 virus and since I was in a meeting with her last Thursday, I may have been exposed. Now I am looking ahead to how I can help keep things running smoothly in the event that I get sick. This planning can't hurt; if I stay healthy, I've just made my life that much easier.

This first two weeks of my job are normally spent testing 5th graders and students in grades 6-8 who are new to the building. After analyzing test scores, I set up interventions for struggling readers in 5th and 6th grade and then I work with the teachers and paraprofessionals who deliver those interventions. In the next two days that testing will begin.

I know from experience how hard it is to keep up with the needs of job when I can't be in the building. A couple of years ago, I was on a jury for a murder trial and I missed several weeks of school. I guess if I could catch up from that, a little flu virus can't slow me down too much!