WEEKLY TEACH 21 REFLECTION BLOG
KATHERINE COLSTON - JOHNSTON ELEMENTARY SCHOOL
WEEK OF AUG 4-8, 2008
We were told do post our lesson plans on our “sharepoint” site from now on. This should be interesting but it wasn’t so hard once I figured it out!
WEEK OF AUGUST 11-15, 2008
I have been trying to implement technology in my classroom using my promethean board. The k ids get a regular laugh at me!
WEEK OF AUGUST 18-22, 2008
I have been working on my masters and it has been hard to “do it all.” My masters talks about how important technology is in my curriculum. We had a group lesson on sharepoint with Judith. It was a lot of information all at once but I got my webpage, lesson plan page, teach21 page, etc posted. Here’s to technology.
WEEK OF AUGUST 25-29, 2008
I used the video series “brain pop” to help activate my student’s thinking on the promethean board and also “zoomed in” to a map on the promethean board. The kids seem to know what is going on with the promethean board much more than me!
WEEK OF SEPTEMBER 2-5, 2008
I continued to allow the kids help me use the promethean pen with my lesson plans.
WEEK OF SEPTEMBER 8-12, 2008
My students viewed many videos from “video/discovery streaming” on our unit of study. They seem very engaged.
WEEK SEPTEMBER 22-26, 2008
We had the COGAT test this week and it was hard to implement technology except when we did some notes on the promethean board
WEEK OF SEPTEMBER 29-OCTOBER 3, 2008
We brought up a map off of the internet on the promethean board and talked about the visual display. We also watched videos on Chernobyl, Ukraine and studied pictures on the promethean board of the disaster.
WEEK OF OCTOBER 6-10, 2008
I started another block of my master’s degree through Nova Southeastern University and we have to find an action research project to complete in my classroom. I utilized the promethean board and started a unit on learning about the Gulf Stream. I constantly use picture clips and “draw” on the clips to emphasize the concept I am trying to teach the children.
WEEK OF OC TOBER 13-17, 2008
I showed the movement of people, ideas, etc with a map of how the Roman Empire spread throughout Europe. Utilizing the promethean board and pen helped the students to understand the concepts.
WEEK OF OCTOBER 22-25, 2008
I have started using the promethean board to post the worksheets that the kids work on up on the promethean board so we can work through them together. No more overhead projectors!
WEEK OF OCTOBER 27-31, 2008
We utilized a map again on the promethean board to help the students understand a concept about where the explorers “explored” throughout the world. I cannot imagine not having my promethean board and pen in my classroom J
WEEK OF NOVEMBER 3-7, 2008
I used vocabulary as a warm-up on the promethean boar d and utilized the “line drawing” to attach the words with the definitions. The students are much more interested with doing vocabulary when it is on the promethean board.
WEEK OF NOVEMBER 10-14, 2008
We are studying geography closely this unit and are using the promethean board constantly to draw in physical features while the students do so at the same time at their desks!
WEEK OF NOVEMBER 17-21, 2008
Our classes watched a video of my Mexican vacation where I went on a “history tour” that discussed and showed the unique history of Mexico. This helped relate Mexican history and culture to real life so it made it more interesting to the children.
WEEK OF DECEMBER 1-5, 2008
I attended a virtual economics workshop this week and they supplied me a CD-ROM of a variety of activities that also included technology economic activites. I look forward to implementing the activities into my curriculum.
WEEK OF DECEMBER 8-12, 2008
I have been having my conference meetings with many of my student’s parents and have communicated with them mainly through email for scheduling and other types of communication. I used a picture of a boat on the promethean board to show the exchange between the continents of Europe and the Americas.
WEEK OF DECEMBER 15-19, 2008
I completed the rest of my Master’s paper for the term and strongly defended the use of technology in the classroom so that the students of today will be better citizens of tomorrow. I also completed a vocabulary review with my students on the promethean board. The students interact with basic vocabulary concepts and other things when I use the promethean board.