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Heschong Mahone Group, Inc. - Daylighting and Productivity

Heschong Mahone Group, Inc. - Daylighting and Productivity | EDCI280 | Scoop.it

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We talked about the effects of the decorations on the walls in the classroom has on children but in this website, it discusses the effects of daylight present in the classroom has on children. 

 

It states that there is a relationship between the presence of daylight in a classroom and elementary students test improvement, based off of studies. 

 

This really upsets me because not only do I feel that the children in the elementary school class that I observe are effected by the clutter in the classroom because there is barely enough room in the trailer to begin with to store materials, but they are also effected by the lack of windows. There are no windows present in the classroom that I observe. I feel as though the kids feel too contained in this small room that it truly has an impact on the their academic performance. I feel that the kids are dying throughout their work day to seek daylight. For example, when someone knocks on the outside door to let them in, the students all run to the door to be the first one so that they can open it and get look at outside and a time to take the fresh air in for a second. 

 

No windows in a room in general make people feel cloister phobic and it seems like a jail cell, where there is no way out. This for sure is how the students feel and I feel this way as well for the three hours I work there a week. 

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Natural & Logical Consequences: Natural Consequences

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I have never heard of these two terms before but when I was asked in my last narrative report to explore them I understood them and saw them in that classroom observation. A natural consequence is a result of a behavior that is uncontrolled, whereas a logical consequence is a result of a behavior that is controlled and is related, respectful, and reasonable. For this observation, the teacher had given a logical consequence by teaching them skills that they will need to have in order to be successful later on in life. She taught them respect, through her logical consequence of punishing them, by taking away recess for talking.  I still do not believe in taking away recess time for any wrongdoing however, every teacher is different and punishes their students for different reasons that they feel is appropriate. 

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Religion in the Public Schools - Religion in the Curriculum

Religion in the Public Schools - Religion in the Curriculum | EDCI280 | Scoop.it
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 This was my initial belief about teaching religion in school. My initial beliefs are not confirmed that it is okay to "teach about religion" but not "teach religion" in school. 

 

I feel so strongly about this because my school was a mix of all different religions and I know that it would make me feel uncomfortable if we were to learn about the Catholic religion since I am Jewish, vise versa. 

 

It is very important to be careful to watch what you say as a teacher because you could offend someone or make others feel uncomfortable. A teacher should be knowledgable about every religion, as we live in a very diverse society with all different students, however religion should not be taught in a classroom setting. In the class that I observe, there are countless amounts of different religions and I see that the teacher chooses reading passages that are general for all students' religion. 

 

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Using Social Media Tools in the Classroom

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Over the past few years, Social Media has become less of an edgy new technology for geeks and more of an important information tool. For example, in our recent spate of bad weather here in Pennsylvan
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I have never been so connected to my classroom until I started using elms in college. Instead of writing down my homework, I am constantly reminded of due dates. Instead of having a huge binder with resources and guidelines for assignments, I have it just a click away. Instead of searching for a teacher during their office hours, all I have to do is shoot an e-mail. 

 

I feel that ever since I started college, I have never been so on top of my game with school work and asking questions because with the technology we have today, we have so many ways to stay connected to the classroom. 

 

Being connected is very important for a student and their parents in elementary school. This blog mentions that it is argued that classes that require a child to use social media for projects, promotes the use of social media for themselves. It also mentions that people feel that technology used as a learning tool can be distracting or cannot be used for serious learning. However, I argue that all of this is not true. This is a great way for children to become more connected to their classroom early on in life, rather than starting in college. Technology is unavoidable nowadays and children will be on their computer and smart phones anyway so why not use it as a tool for education as well. With guidance, elementary school students can learn to use tools like elms and e-mail and power points earlier in life so I see no problem with that.

 

On the other hand, using technology requires a child to have a device themselves and not everyone can afford to provide a computer to their elementary school child. Also, I have learned from not having such technological resources to stay connected how to be organized on paper and in notebooks/binder, and also learned how to be vocal to teachers, rather than sitting behind a computer screen and using e-mail. Although I feel that using technology has a lot of advantages, It may not be realistic for every child to have such a device to use for such activities and children may be missing out on important life lessons like staying organized and being verbal. 

 

In my school that I have been going to, the younger students do not use technology as a tool however, the 5th grade class use computers throughout the day. Maybe this is a great way that a school can ease into the benefits that technology can hold for a student. 

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Allie Peck's curator insight, March 11, 2014 2:57 PM

I think that certain social media, such as ELMS or other similar programs can be incredibly helpful in education.  These programs are used to help students remain organized.  However, there are social media sites that, I believe, do not have a place in the classroom.  Facebook enables endless distractions, an idealized version of what life should be, and often is limited by parents in the home.  It's limited for a reason.  There is excessive cyber bullying, unfiltered content, and over-stimulating electronic use involved.  This article supports the use of facebook-like technologies in the classroom, and I find it an interesting counter argument.

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Strategies for Teaching ESL Student - ESL Students in the Classroom

Strategies for Teaching ESL Student - ESL Students in the Classroom | EDCI280 | Scoop.it
At ESL Partyland you can have fun while learning English as a second language.
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This gives me advice on how to work with my students that are behind on their English language skills because they had just moved from Asia very recently. This article proves that working in groups is a key way to teach these types of students. 

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10 Ways to Decorate Your Classroom | Scholastic.com

10 Ways to Decorate Your Classroom | Scholastic.com | EDCI280 | Scoop.it
These 10 teacher-tested ideas use the creativity of students to make the classroom pop with color and originality.
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This website emphasizes the use of student produced work hung up in a classroom. In my classroom that I observe, there is barely any student work hung up, which I feel is very important because it makes them feel that their work is important and that their hard work payed off because it is now displayed for everyone else to see. 

 

My classroom is very cluttered and there is not much wall space to begin with. Number 2 on this site on "10 ways to decorate your classroom" is a very good idea and I would love to discuss this idea with the elementary teacher. It brings up the idea of using the floor as decorations. Elementary students are sometimes on the floor during recess time/reading time, they are short enough to easily look down as they walk, and their eyes wonder to the floor as well during class time. Using the floor as another way to decorate the classroom is a great way to send quick messages to the students, in this case, display poems to the students, and is a great way to clear the cluttered walls and bring it to the floor instead. 

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Classroom Management: Punishment Vs. Discipline

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Discipline is a positive method of teaching students self-control while punishment is a technique used to enforce discipline. Creating a strong sense of classroom management where students feel safe ...
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I researched this topic after I wrote about it in my narrative report attempt 1. I was not sure the difference between discipline and punishment, whereas I used these two terms throughout my report to mean the same definition. There is a big difference now that I looked further into these two terms. Punishment is used to enforce discipline, which I was unaware of. This made me look further into the types of consequences for a bad actions that deserve to be disciplined/punished. 

 

 

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▶ What Strategies Are Best for Teaching ESL Students to Read? - YouTube

Video project about challenges facing English language learners, or students who are learning English as a second language, in elementary schools in the Unit...
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This video talks about two different strategies that are used for ESL students. When these two strategies are used together effectively, it is called interactive reading:

 

Top down strategies:

-guessing meanings of unknown words from context

-previewing a story before reading it and predicting what the story will be about

-utlizing a wide range of background experiences of context info that a students have gained form their own real world experiences so that they are able to use what they know and use a higher cognitive level of thinking skills to comprehend what they are reading exactly.

 

Bottom up strategies: 

-where students learn words and see how they are formed with the letters used 

-decoding and breaking down words of spelling, letter by letter, where students look at the smaller pieces of text and build up from that

 

In my classroom working with ESL students, we do this together. My teacher gives us passages that have characters from China and bring up customs that these students recognize from their home town. My teacher also gives us passages that talk about world-wide every day activities for example, cleaning your bedroom, that these students can relate to and use their experiences and their cognitive level thinking skills to understand what they are reading and when they come across a word that is unfamiliar, we stop at this word and learn to pronounce it and I explain to them the meaning of it with other words by giving them relatable examples. This is how I use the top down and bottom up strategies mentioned in this video by an experienced ESL teacher. 

 

I believe using these strategies are very important however, since I am not a legitimate ESL teacher, I have trouble explaining stuff in other words to these students when they do not understand something. I feel like I am playing the game with them (I forgot the name of this game that I used to play when I was little), where I have to get someone else to guess the word I have on my card but I cannot use the word in any explanations of what I am having them try and guess. I find myself at lost of words at times when my children seem to not understand something/some word, but I have to keep in mind that they are only in 3rd grade and they do lack the experiences that are needed to emphasize the benefits of using top down strategies. 

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Yay for Recess: Pediatricians Say It’s as Important as Math or Reading | TIME.com

Yay for Recess: Pediatricians Say It’s as Important as Math or Reading | TIME.com | EDCI280 | Scoop.it
Play time can be as important as class time for helping students perform their best.
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This article talks about how important recess is for a child. It mentions it's physical, social, emotional, and cognitive development benefits that were found from research.  

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Allie Peck's curator insight, March 10, 2014 8:16 PM

Part of why recess is so important is because it gives the students time for physical exercise and social interaction, and thus develops the students physically and socially.  While the article does not explicitly discuss technology, it details on the importance of personal interaction and physical activity, both of which electronic technology diminishes.

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13 Discipline Tricks from Teachers

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How teachers get their kids to behave (and how you can too!)
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This is about how to deal with situations that I will experience as a teacher that calls for the students to be discipline. This article describes the ways to handle typical acts of students and gives me advice on how to handle each one of them. 

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