Chad’s Choices is back! For over a year, I shared a variety of articles via the DEN Blogs. I’m now moving Chad’s Choices here. Below are a few articles and blog posts I’ve come across recently that made me think, wonder, and learn. If you haven’t seen these, I’ve included a short part of the article to pique your interest.
Have you ever thought of putting yourself in your students’ shoes for a day? What would it be like? Well, one veteran teacher did just that in a high school recently and it has changed his perspective tremendously. Perhaps more teachers should do this.
I waited fourteen years to do something that I should have done my first year of teaching: shadow a student for a day. It was so eye-opening that I wish I could go back to every class of students I ever had right now and change a minimum of ten things – the layout, the lesson plan, the checks for understanding. Most of it!
Are you a Twitter user? Have you participated in a Twitter Chat? Twitter chats are a great way to get connected, join the conversation, and learn. If you’re not a Twitter user, this may be a way to get connected. October is Connected Educator Month and this article gives some insight into how Twitter Chats can benefit you as an educator.
If I only could tell myself then what I know now. Joining Twitter that day has truly impacted my life in the long run….I credit my Professional Learning Network (PLN) with my professional accomplishments. I learn, discuss, engage, and grow in so many areas of my professional life due to the engagement on Twitter. It is immeasurable.
What’s it like to be a student today? The infographic below shows some very interesting statistics about the view of the youth experience in America. (Click on the image to view the original image)
What do you think of ebooks? Are books kids read on an iPad or some other device good for students or is the time simply “screen time.” While this article focuses on toddlers, I think it has impact for elementary schools as well.
There’s the possibility for e-books to become the TV babysitters of this generation,” he said. “We don’t want parents to say, ‘There’s no reason for me to sit here and turn pages and tell my child how to read the word, because my iPad can do it.’
Today was a very fun day in the library. We started celebrating Dot Day today and I had 4 classes, grades one through four today. Here’s what we did.
First Grade – After watching the archived livestream of Peter H. Reynolds reading The Dot, an event I was fortunate enough to be a part of in 2012, students used the Paint program on the computers to create their own dot. One of the cool things about the computers we have in our lab is that they are touch screens. This made drawing and coloring the dots much easier for the younger students, compared to using the mouse. We saved their dots and I’ll be putting together a slide show of their work soon. The dots were printed out, the students signed them of course, and they took them home.
Second Grade – These students did the same thing as first grade, but actually had another option for drawing their dots – they had the option of using a stylus for their drawings. If you’re wondering why the first graders didn’t have this option, it’s because I didn’t know we had them. They are actually hidden in the monitors and a fellow library media specialist told me about them. These students had the option of using the mouse, their fingers, or the stylus for their dot drawings.
Third Grade – These students actually started their projects in art class about a week ago. The art teacher was working on watercolor paintings with the kids and after talking with him and telling him about Dot Day, he agreed to have the students paint their dots in art. When the students came to class today, they watched the reading of The Dot, and then went to work with their watercolor dots. The dots were very cool, but I decided to have the students create new dots with the help of their classmates. The kids cut out their dots and cut them into fourths (a little math lesson tossed in). Students kept one fourth of their original dot and then placed the rest on a table. Every student then went to the table and picked out 3 other pieces to complete their new dot. Then, they glued everything together, creating a new, collaborative dot. One of the best parts of this project was hearing a student say “We’re doing art in the library!”
Fourth Grade – After watching the reading of the story, fourth graders grabbed their markers and were told to color their dot on a special piece of paper. They didn’t realize their dots would be coming to life. Using the colAR app, students were able to use an iPad or iPod Touch to spin and rotate. They loved this and many even decided to create a second or third dot. They were excited to go home and download the app and show their parents.
Overall, it was a great day. More classes will be doing similar activities in the coming days, but the kids loved it, as did I.