Resources for my “Game Plan”
Looking at the NETS-T last week, I chose two specific standards to set my focus. Now I have my “G”— I need to have or use some tools to take care or start the “A”!!!
I actually tried to start improving on the standard of communicating with both my students and parents… I wanted to set-up a classroom blog instead of doing a standard weekly e-mail… That idea came from the discussions last week blogging with you guys. Unfortunately, I forgot my county blocks any site that has blogging or posting capacity. This has been a frustration for me since starting this class. My county block or limits access to so many things!!! I did find out that through a program called “ANGEL”(a new system our county has subscribed too) you can set-up a class blog or communication board. I am not sure exactly, but I plan on sitting down and playing around with it and seeing if I can set up some sort of communication between me and the parents.
Another tool I can use for my communication standard is for my students to start a daily reflection. Where they have to synthesize their day’s work. When we think (reflect) on what we have learned, “we actually achieve a deeper understanding of the knowledge we have constructed” (Cennamo, Ross, Ertmer 2009 p.33). I am hoping I can set this up through the ANGEL system I mentioned above. An electronic journal of some kind would be much more effective, because of technology accessibility for some of my students, I may have to simply start with pencil and paper. Do any of you have some suggestions or ideas on how to improve my communication with parents???
Cennamo, K., Ross, J., & Ertmer, P. (2009). Technology integration for meaningful classroom use: A standards-based approach (Laureate Education custom edition). Belmont, CA: Wadsworth, Cengage Learning.