I remember it like it was yesterday. I remember being terrified. I remember it was like ripping off a veil of false image, an image that, as an educator, I was taught to have in years of my own schooling, and then years of college. Saying it out loud was like removing years of being the “expert” and knowing it all for the kids I had in front of me. It was like shouting to the world, “I’m an impostor.”
Would the kids be disappointed to have a teacher like me?
Would I even be qualified anymore to teach them?
Would saying it out loud mean that I had faked my way through years of curriculum?
In fact, I had. And in faking my way through as an “expert,” I had served nobody. No one. Not myself. And certainly not the kids I taught.
So, I said it. I admitted, openly, what I had hidden for years about the things I taught.
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"What is it? Grammar Pop, from the award-winning Grammar Girl http://www.quickanddirtytips.com/grammar-girl , lets users match words in sentences with 1 of 11 speech parts. The game starts off with the basics (nouns, verbs, and articles) and advances through 14,000 words and 28 levels of difficulty. Higher levels include more advanced concepts, such as gerunds, participles, and infinitives. Users can start at Level 1 or move between levels at will, collecting coin prizes and earning achievements along the way."
Now that all my students have iPads, I want to use this in my classroom! If admin won't approve the purchase of the app for all students, I'll use Nearpod to use it corporately from my iPad. Grammar Girl (Mignon Fogarty) is known for her easy-to-understand mneumonic devices and techniques for remembering those pesky grammar rules, which helps kids understand better. I've used her podcasts in class; now I'm excited to try her grammar game.
There are some big DOs and DON'Ts if you're on the receiving end of an iPad in the classroom. This is a guide for teachers to save time and trouble.
Cathy Ternent Dyer's insight:
I love the advice here, especially that all the apps you want to use should fit on one screen. I'm tempted to download more that what I'll need, to add everything that looks even remotely use-able, but I don't want to overload myself or my students!
Great article! The writer illustrates through his writing - and even states it within one of his paragraphs - that when you intentionally break a grammar rule for effect or added meaning, it's okay, justified even. However, FIRST you must have an understanding of all the rules: you gotta know you're breaking them! I often tell my students this same thing.
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