Sunday, July 23, 2017
I am not gone from blogging, I've just moved my attention to my whole campus. I'm now the media resource specialist/librarian for my elementary school! Woo hoo! Talk about a dream job for me!
I'm very active on Twitter, so follow me @MrsAColwell. Hopefully I'll blog more again when this whole master's degree thing is done. ;)
Carry on education friends!
Monday, April 13, 2015
Please read and help, my fellow Texans!!!!
Teachers are worth more than $27,540 a year. The STAAR test is not a measure of a good teacher. The growth, and indexes of testing accountability are also not comparing apples to apples in every classroom. Unfortunately, even after many letters, phone calls, and social media campaigns the Senate Education Committee passed SB 893. This Bill will allow School Districts to use standardized test scores as a major evaluation tool.
It is now up to the House of Representatives that WE THE PEOPLE have voted and put into office to hear our voices and vote in favor of TEACHERS!!!
PLEASE TAKE 2 MINUTES TO VOICE FOR TEACHERS! This is going to make a difference in so many different lives. Not only teachers but their families and students. You can continue to vote against. Its counts as tallys. So vote your hearts out!
One teacher commented on the site given and makes a good point...
"If this bill passes, teachers like me, who spend their own money to supplement their budget, won’t be able to. Teachers like me, who spend their own money to attend professional development in their field, won’t be able to.Teachers like me, who spend their extra time, teaching in extracurricular programs to benefit low income students, won’t be able to, as we will be looking for outside employment to pay our bills. This bill discourages people like me, who pride themselves in learning new things, buying new things and keeping current in their field of study in order to teach, from doing so. This bill discourages people like me, who believe in making a difference, and encourages them to seek employment simply making a living." This bill discourages people like me, who pride themselves in learning new things, buying new things and keeping current in their field of study in order to teach, from doing so. This bill discourages people like me, who believe in making a difference, and encourages them to seek employment simply making a living."
Sunday, March 1, 2015
I recently came across this blog post via Facebook and I guess it struck a nerve. Take a look and see if it also resonates with you.
Seriously. This is so accurate and it really is a problem. It makes our days stressful to live this way. Less stressed out teachers can focus better on what they're teaching and therefore students will, in general, learn better! In other professions outside of teaching, you get an hour usually right? And you can go out to eat? Even on the company dime, right!? Something needs to be changed to allow teachers some basic freedoms like bathroom breaks, a true lunch hour, and real team planning time. And don't get me started on all of the work we have to do that won't fit within the contract hours and then subtracts from our family time. I'll make the claim that for every 30 min. of teaching, there's 30 min of work to be done outside of the work day. From planning to emails to newsletters and meetings. Progress monitoring, parent conferences, grading and analyzing assessment data. Gathering materials and putting away. Copies. Sorting and filing. Trainings. Now, the time spent with our kids is clouded with the stress of the other things we have to do. It's really not fair to the students or teachers.
Sunday, November 23, 2014
Tuesday, October 14, 2014
I made this symbaloo to help some students improve on addition and subtraction fact fluency, and to allow other students to move on with multiplication and division. Please feel free to USE it and SHARE it!
Tuesday, July 15, 2014
Any advice or resource tips for third grade are appreciated!!! I look forward to sharing what I learn and what my third graders accomplish this coming year!
Sunday, June 22, 2014
here and the U.S symbols packet that you can find here. I posted them in a student accessible location. ;) Then, my students used the free app, Scan, to scan the codes. They were so engaged! They worked in small groups to share the five iPads we have. They were able to watch videos, read facts, and identify our state and country symbols. They were also told to take notes about what they learned.
Integrating QR codes into Science and Social Studies for research went so well, that I wanted to branch out and find a use for this to benefit other subject areas. Our Kinder-2nd grade classes often do author studies, so I decided to make QR codes that lead to video read alouds of children's picture books by famous authors or on specific content topics. During our Literacy Block, if students chose "Listen to Reading" as their Daily 5 activity, they could use the iPads to scan the code, and then listen to the story read aloud to them. They could then do a follow-up response or simply journal in their reading response notebook about the story they listened to. This was a huge hit in my room and with my co-workers! Here are some of the read aloud QR codes packets I have created for this purpose. Click on the images below to visit my store where you can find these packets, and MANY more!
Saturday, June 21, 2014
Tuesday, May 6, 2014
Friday, March 7, 2014
Thursday, December 26, 2013
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Our party was a blast! We decorated gingerbread men cookies and ate them, we decorated snowflake ornaments, and played a snowman decorating contest. Check out the fun...
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I hope you have had a wonderful Christmas or holiday season. The holiday time at school is so magical, and I cannot believe it is already behind us.