Classroom Organization Ideas Found on Pintrest

While exploring Pintrest I have found a lot of really cool classroom ideas, from lesson plans to ideas of how to organize and manage your classroom.  I think one of my favorite things that I have found though is a teacher’s class website about how to organize your classroom.  This is something very important to me because I know one of the first steps toward having a well managed classroom is having a well organized one and knowing where everything is.  This cuts back on time for me having to search for things and makes it so there is more time for learning and having fun during the day.  This site is cool because like it talks about, it is very well organized.  Everything is in folders with clearly labeled names.  This makes accessing the information so much easier.  The website has a list of materials you will need to get started as well as step by step instructions as to what to do.  For someone like me who needs to be well organized in order to function or find anything this website is like my dream!  I know that in the future if I don’t have folders and bins and things for students to turn in their work too then everything will get completely disorganized.  The site even includes how to get your own desk organized.  The site also includes pictures to help make things clearer and to show you what everything should look like.  I would highly recommend everyone looking at this site when they are getting ready to set up and organize their own classroom. I really believe that a well organized classroom is a well managed classroom!

Wordle

I decided that I wanted to play around with Wordle.  I went to the website and viewed a few different Wordles and then decided to create my own.  It asked me to paste a bunch of text in there and so I had to decided what I was going to use and what I wanted to make my wordle about.  Knowing we had to make and about me page for this class I figured I would make one about me.  So I went through the process and wrote down a few words that I thought described me and then created my wordle.  I thought it was pretty neat but wanted to see some other options of what it could look like.  I clicked on the randomize button a few times checking out the different options I could use. In the end I accidentally ended up closing my wordle and then when I went back to create a new one was unable.  While I was not able to create a new one I thought this was a very interesting site and a interesting resource that I could use in my classroom.  I think this would be a cool thing for students to make at the beginning of the year to introduce themselves to each other as well as to me.  It could also be used to help enhance a project the kids are working on in any subject.  A teacher could create a different world for different parts of speech, for example a wordle just using verbs, or prepositions.  This could help remind students what these types of speech look like and examples of them.  In general I think this would be a fun and creative tool to use in my classroom!

Wordle

I decided that I wanted to play around with Wordle.  I went to the website and viewed a few different Wordles and then decided to create my own.  It asked me to paste a bunch of text in there and so I had to decided what I was going to use and what I wanted to make my wordle about.  Knowing we had to make and about me page for this class I figured I would make one about me.  So I went through the process and wrote down a few words that I thought described me and then created my wordle.  I thought it was pretty neat but wanted to see some other options of what it could look like.  I clicked on the randomize button a few times checking out the different options I could use. In the end I accidentally ended up closing my wordle and then when I went back to create a new one was unable.  While I was not able to create a new one I thought this was a very interesting site and a interesting resource that I could use in my classroom.  I think this would be a cool thing for students to make at the beginning of the year to introduce themselves to each other as well as to me.  It could also be used to help enhance a project the kids are working on in any subject.  A teacher could create a different world for different parts of speech, for example a wordle just using verbs, or prepositions.  This could help remind students what these types of speech look like and examples of them.  In general I think this would be a fun and creative tool to use in my classroom!

The Nuts and Bolts of 21st Century Teaching article response

I thought Shelley Wright’s article on project based learning was really interesting and inspiring.  I think it is a really neat idea to take a concept, like the holocaust, and have the students create their own museum.  This was a big risk she took, one that I know would have made me nervous to take but I think that it is good she took the risk.  I also think it is good for teachers to take risks in the classroom sometimes.  I feel that a lot of times teachers get into a routine and stick to that routine and sometimes forget that they should switch things up sometimes.  I think the idea of project based learning is neat because in Wright’s room she left the idea up to the students.  The students created the design for this classroom as well as determined what information would be in it.  I feel like the layout was not the important thing here though, it was what information was out into the museum.

I can also imagine how difficult it must have been for Wright to switch from a more teacher directed class to a student run class.  I know as someone who likes to have things very well planned and spelled out that this could be a difficult thing to do, relinquishing control.  I think this was done perfectly though.  Wright was able to motivate her students and to get them excited about the project.  By not giving specific instruction on what the museum had to look like and exactly what had to be in it, Wright was able to excite her students and play into the different ways students learn.  Students had choices in how they could make the museum look. 

At one point Wright says “Instead, by grade 10, my students have learned that if they wait long enough, they will be rescued.  Not anymore.”  I thought this was really inspiring because she is right! A lot of times when students think they get “stuck” they just turn to the teacher to get them through but they don’t really think about their problem first.  As teachers I think a lot of times we are tempted to just give them the answers when this arises instead of giving them a little prod like Wright did.

This is a idea that I think would be really fun to use in the classroom and not just for a upper grade level like high school, but I think this could be used on a slightly smaller scale in an elementary school classroom as well.  I think this really makes the ideas mean more to the students and stick with them more when they are in charge of their own learning.

Social Networking in the Classroom

This week’s assignment was to explore a new social media site.  I chose to create a Pintrest account.  This is something that I have been avoiding for a while now.  I mean sure I would browse what other people posted on Pintrest and I would bookmark it so I could go back and look at it later if I wanted, but I firmly refused to actually make an account.  I suppose it was because I had heard how much time it could take up and I already use Facebook for keeping in touch with friends and family members. Also, let’s face it I spend way too much time on Facebook as is, especially when it comes time to do an assignment I don’t want to do.

The reason I chose Pintrest over Twitter or any of the other social networking sites out there is because I had already seem some neat things on there from some of my friends.  When I began exploring it further I realized how many great teaching ideas are posted on there.  I was able to find ideas for activities for math, science, and language arts, not to mention some neat classroom management ideas.  I can share my ideas with my friends and look at ideas other educators have posted as well.  In addition I have found pins that are linked to classroom blogs, websites, and more.  I can definitely see myself spending a lot of time on here finding different ideas for my classroom.