GCT

Google Certified Teacher I traveled to Mexico City to attend the first Google Teacher Academy Latin America. 36 educators were chosen out of 25o. Our cohort included people from all over Mexico, New York, Spain, Venezuela, Guatemala and Argentina. It was an exciting two day course where I learned several new tips and tricks about … Continue reading

Thinking

“Thinking is slow, effortless and uncertain.“ (Willingham, Daniel T., 2009) According to these aspects of thinking, the implications for education are that students must be able to solve a problem. Meaning, that problems presented to them should be the right level of difficulty. Not to easy, not to hard. Students may loose interest. Background knowledge … Continue reading

First Day of School

I made a video for my students’ first day of class. I used a new program I just discovered last night called PowToon. It is very simple to use. Enjoy!

Formative Assessment

Our final quick fire for the summer was on formative assessment. It is a word that is being thrown out a lot in the educational world. But what exactly does it mean? “Formative assessment is concerned with how judgments about the quality of    student responses (performances, pieces, or works) can be used to shape … Continue reading

Teaching that Sticks!

We had the honor the receive Punya Mischra in our classroom. He is one of the creators of the TPACK model. The topic for his class was teaching sticky ideas. One classic story that many people remember is the babysitter receiving a phone call and it is coming from inside the house. It made me … Continue reading

Tensions

Tensions In and Out of School For today’s session we had to take 2 pictures representing a specific tension in school. Then, using Pixlr we were asked to  upload them and overlay one on top of the other and create one single image. I took a picture of a locker and a door. What they had … Continue reading

Millenials

The term “Millenials” refers to students who were born into technology, meaning that they grew up using technology as a normal part of their lives and not as a tool that may or may not be used. Studies have shown that brains of these generations are not different. It may very well be proven in … Continue reading

UDL

The goal for Universal Design for Learning  is that everyone’s learning needs are met. It is a philosophy of inclusiveness. I read an article by Margaret King-Spears in which she defines UDL as a pedagogy or instructional practice used for students with or without disabilities. This caught my attention because usually when you read about … Continue reading