Pumpkin Seed Estimation

Posted: October 25, 2012 in Uncategorized

This week we learned how to estimate!  We deciding that estimating is like making a really good guess.  By using our judgment and looking inside the pumpkin before we estimated, some of us were able to get kind of close.  I don’t think anybody could have guessed we would have 570 seeds though, that’s a lot!  We couldn’t just count them though and not eat them.  Check out the video we watched in class where Mr. Geils baked our seeds!

 

Where Does Our Food Come From?

Posted: October 17, 2012 in Uncategorized

As the weather changes and things are starting to get colder, we have been working hard on our sight words  ( I, a, you, for, and, the, in, it, to, said), reading books with word patterns, writing letters and numbers from 1-20, and playing games to help our learning.  

Because of all our hard work, we decided to take a break and adventure off to Parkland College for a field trip to learn about “Where our food comes from.”  Hopefully we learned some interesting facts, had some fun, and understand a little more about how important it is to know about what we eat.

Teaching Tip: Have a fun conversation!  Talk about where food comes from and its nutritious value as you cook a meal, or sit down for a bowl of cereal in the morning.  Things like, “How do you think they get this milk for the cereal from the cow, to the jug, to your bowl?” will help children remember the information they learned.  Always try to reflect and relive experiences through stories and play.

Pictures are Thursday, and Parent-Teacher conferences are in a week, the time is flying and both the students and I are learning a lot!  Can’t wait to see what the rest of the year has in store.  I am going to try and add links through these posts for students to log onto reading websites and access our Everyday Math program if this is something you have access to.

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“ClassGeils2012” Welcome!

Posted: June 14, 2012 in Uncategorized

Welcome students, families, and friends to our class blog,

As part of our class structure, the students and I will make blog posts about a variety of topics. You can also explore our posts on our class twitter page (@ClassGeils2012), or discover what we have been up to by visiting our latest Wiki ( http://classgeils2012.wikispaces.com/).  I encourage family, friends, and members of our community to leave comments and help us enjoy the unlimited possibilities being connected can provide.  

I understand that technological “know-how” and availability may be limiting to some members of our class; however, I believe it is important for our students to be well versed in the growing innovations supported by the internet today!  As the teacher, I feel obligated to provide each student with the tools necessary to navigate certain social media in a safe, friendly, and educational way.  It is my hope that the skills and information they learn, along with support from our communities to make technology more readily available, can be shared with others and provide them with an abundance of useful, helpful, and relevant information for success in the future.

As always, we thank you for reading, and hope you can join us on our journey to learn! 

Stay tuned,

 

Mr. Geils

 

Technology Travels

Posted: October 12, 2010 in Uncategorized

After reading an article about technology finding its way into schools in Alaska, it is evident that technology in schools is becoming a necessity. No matter how difficult it may be to obtain certain tools for technology, schools are finding a way to integrate its features into the curriculum. For a school district in Alaska to be able to implement technology into their classrooms it seems like something that everyone must be doing. This particular district in Alaska has teamed up with Discovery to give students the latest in technological advances. The network of Discovery, including the popular series of television shows, has made content accessible for teachers and students through an interactive web based program. Teachers can develop Discovery type lesson plans and students can play games or learn more about the many fascinating topics Discovery has to offer. Not only is this school providing its students and staff with these great programs, but they are offering teacher training to go along with it. To implement technology into a school is one thing, but to actually provide teachers and personnel with the appropriate training to properly use the programs and equipment is another story. I think we find it all too often that schools become equipped with new technology and it goes unused because of the lack of knowledge people have to properly run it and use all of its wonderful feats. Another accomplishment for education and a step forward for developing schools and its learning base around technology!

The Future

Posted: September 30, 2010 in Will Richardson

Reading Will Richardson’s last chapter entitled, “What It All Means,” was a great way to sum up this new information and knowledge about technology in schools. Perhaps one of the more interesting subjects he talks about to me is the fact that the read/write web becomes the read/reflect/write/participate web by integrating the endless possibility of tools used to help educate students. Richardson makes an interesting point when he mentions that students are asked to do an assignment, they turn it in, get a grade, and it usually ends up in the recycling bin or stored away in some box for future reference. The fact of the matter is, this project that a student took time to complete then becomes useless. By being packed away, and to be truthfully honest, never seen again, the work a student has put effort in becomes a figment of the past and useless to the future. Giving students the opportunity to publish their works on the web and allowing others to use this information for reference or ideas or even as examples when a teacher gives the same assignment next year is in itself a much better place than the garbage. A student’s work has the ability to take on further meaning with the use of the internet, not only to others wanting to gain some of this knowledge, but to the original student who published the work gets to see comments, or corrections, or ideas on what they could have done to make it better. These priceless reactions to a student’s work by simply publishing it on a collaborative website is something that can have limitless possibilities.

WIKId QUICK

Posted: September 21, 2010 in Will Richardson

Sorry about the title, I thought it was kind of clever! Wikis are something that are new to me in the sense that wiki is a prefix to more than just wikipedia which is something I just found out about when reading Will Richardson. Wikipedia is something that teachers have always preached to me about staying away from. I have heard numerous professors tell me how Wikipedia is a terrible resource, it is uncredible, and it should never be done to do any research. Richardson shines a different light on this resource and explains how the positive aspects of Wikipedia far outweigh the negative ones. Things like 4 out of 5 experts believe Wikipedia is reliable and accurate, or people saying that Wikipedia is the most accurate encyclopedia out there, or the story about how Wikipedia provides some of the best coverage on news and current events, are amazing things to hear compared to what educators are telling their students. I do not believe I have ever had a single teacher tell me to use Wikipedia, and hearing these types of positive comments about it make me want to advocate for its use in schools. Without taking it to that extreme, Wikis seems like a great way to incoporate information and learning into the classroom. Some specific examples of how teachers used Wikis in their classrooms were given by Richardson which make the possiblities seem endless. I can only imagine what people will continue to come up with on the use of Wikis in the classroom and even in the entire professional world.

Getting Started

Posted: September 7, 2010 in Will Richardson

For a long time I have always considered myself a pretty technologically savvy person.  With the explosion of the read/write web, I have started to lose pace with the “new” and accelerated internet.  It is finally becoming interesting and relevant to me now that my understanding of blogs, wikis, and other advanced internet tools play out in my life and in my future.  With people now having the ability to publish their thoughts without knowing code or advanced systems, these types of technologies are transforming the way we teach and learn in modern society.  After reading Will Richardson it’s amazing to think about the possibilities these tools have and the impact they can potentially have on education.  From responses after publishing, to more immediate and complex journalism with more factual and less biased information, blogs are taking on a whole new meaning to me.  Richardson says generations are becoming less private and the connectedness of today’s youth is stronger than ever before; whereas, some people might look at this is a bad thing, it is interesting to look at it from the other point of view and realize that these tools can be good for the professional looking to collaborate with colleagues or the students trying to get multiple opinions about a project they are thinking of creating.  Either way, the possibilities seem endless.