Wednesday, January 27, 2010

Thing 5

I played around with the comic strip and happy faces but liked the Image Chef best (not sure if I can make this a hotlink using the blogger editor??)
I have literally thousands of pictures stored in tubs (ugg) that SOMEDAY need to be organized and saw how this could be used to do that along with the photo organizers like Snapfish or Flickr. It was fast and easy to use so that is always a plus.
I could use it in the classroom to sort types of pictures. For example I could display pictures of various types of bacteria, viruses, and protists and have labels for them color coded or similiar graphics or stamps based on type. Students seem to always confuse which is which.

In IPC we are currently studying motion and Newton's Laws and I could have pictures that showed each of Newton's Laws and for all that showed Newton's 1st use one background or set of icons, for Newton's 2nd use another bacground or icons, and the same for Newton's 3rd. This could help kids to remember for example if the picture was mounted on a blue background and had a dog print watermark it was Newton's first.

Tuesday, January 26, 2010

Thing 4

Thing 4: My blog is up and running and waiting for your comments so SIT, STAY, READ, SPEAK!!

Thing 1

So I guess I never really commented on Thing 1 because I deleted my first post which would have been Thing 1 since it was long and rambling. Later when I thought about it I thought it was better to keep it short. So below is the new and improved Thing 1.

Thing 1: I have been so lucky to have more than 1 career - first as a computer programmer in Cleveland, Ohio (brrr - lots of snow). We were transferred to Texas 3 + years ago and I used that move to start a new career teaching by doing an ACP, and then adding multiple certifications in EC-4/ESL, Special Ed. K-12 and Composite Science. I taught my first year as a co teach in Chemistry mostly and 1 IPC, 2nd year I started that way and then took over a Reg Ed IPC class when the teacher left, this year I am back to Co Teach IPC, Chemistry, Biology and 1 Resource IPC. Hard to say which I like better - each has its own rewards and challenges. I really like working 1 on 1 with the kids BUT do miss having my own classes too..sigh plus the case manageing part is very time consuming and can be tricky keeping up with constantly changing paperwork requirements. I just do the best I can and keep plodding along!

About the UHCL program: I have always loved the library. I thought it was a great blend of technology (my past) and teaching (my present). I was very excited about starting the Library Certification program but now after a week more nervous about the workload while teaching. It is so hard to budget time for me and focus on the Things that I need to do rather than all the cool distractions that I keep finding. I will need to DOGEDLY FOCUS!! (hee hee)

Saturday, January 23, 2010

Thing 3

WHEW - fun stuff! I like the avatar creation process and blogging so far and can see how this could be taking up a huge chunk of time if you let it! If you follow the directions it is not hard but it is so easy to be distracted and link into all kinds of other things rather than finish the task at hand.
I am very grateful that the prior class had their blogs out for me to look at and see what they had posted. I really like some of what they had done with the graphics added for book introductions and book covers. A Biology Blog had a very hilarious U Tube about DNA and RNA that some students had made. All the new technology looks really great to use in my teaching but I sure wish it was summer rather than before TAKS so I would have more time to play around with it all. This would be a GREAT summer class to take.

Thing 2

Easiest thing for me is: HABIT 3 - View problems as challenges.
I love problem solving and work best under pressure. That comes from all my years in computers and programming where whenever something was not working it had to be fixed yesterday.
Hardest thing: HABIT 1 - Start with the end in mind.
Goals keep changing so the end is often actually the beginning. Goals are based on experience so as you evolve so do your goals. Sometimes the best goals or achievements turn up in unexpected ways that you can miss if you define your quest to narrowly.
Keep your eyes on the path ahead BUT don't forget to look around you while you are on the path.