Veteran Teacher Makes Changes
Graziano Version 2.016
Connected to True Professional Development Again
I've found great ways to have all the benefits of a book club and professional learning community to expand my thinking beyond our school without leaving the building or going out of the home for a book club in the evening. I've got my brain connected to my passion again.
Blinded By the Light? Same Old Chairs? A Gentler Classroom Evolves!
When you walk through the door of Mrs. Graziano's room you feel like your visiting her at her home. Two navy wing back chairs will wrap their arms around you while you rest your tired feet on the coffee table. Four or five of your classmates will snuggle into the Patriotic sofa and you can sit comfortably on the Persian rug reading a good book or doing iPad research. Ther's still enough trapezoid tables and bedrock seats if you feel yourself drifting away. When students are primarily researching there are not lamps and the bright fluorescents will be off. Thanks to the collaboration of students and the generosity of parents Mrs. Graz still has living room furniture at home. But those days when she can't get home for awhile her classroom is now the next best thing! All the other areas below are works in progress. It is hoped that feeling more cozy and comfortable with
helopall of us perform to our potential.
Strengthened Technology Skills
Stepping Back Into Glogster
With students using iPads for the past three years, it had been that long since I'd opened up Glogster. The app is 4.99 per student, so the district was not willing to renew. It's been even longer since I had made a Glogster myself. Usually, I'm walking students through the steps and facilitating not creating something cohesive myself. I need to make a few for presenting information to my students before they go off to high school not having at least seen a Glogster. My plan is to make some instructional Glogs, one for the Vietnam Era, great to embed music and video!
Found Smores, Low Calorie Version!
Students will have the option of using this tool for the year end Independent Learning Project presentation. I'm addicted.
Drawing Your Own Conclusions...
skills we have carved away at opportunities for arts to be used to show mastery of a standard or topic of knowledge.
I made this a priority in all unit revisions during this class and got some impressive student evidence as a result. It has allowed for students that are not necessarily active writers and readers to show they know the information in a powerful way.
After all, once they leave school visual and performing arts will be equally valued talents again.