Monday, December 12, 2011
Sunday, December 11, 2011
Below is my response to what type of reading instruction appeals to me. In this response, I chose functional reading. I believe that this type of reading is often overlooked. A child's confidence in reading is often boosted as they learn to read and write about environmental text (menus, signs, toy catalog).
Functional reading appeals to my creative and practical side. The purpose of functional reading is to give instruction in how to use reading to gain basic, practical information needed in everyday activities (Heilman, Blair, and Rupley pg12). It is exciting showing children how knowledge they already have can be used to help make them more independent.
As a teacher, first you must think of what is age appropriate practical reading. Then you must look at the interests of your students. This is where a creative teacher can come up with fun everyday reading material. Functional reading is a great way to let kids know why they work so hard.
Bring in children’s menus from several restaurants. Have your students answer questions about their menus, take each other’s orders, or compare items. Bring in TV schedules and movie listings. Have your students answer questions from their peers. Print the hours of operations and general information about a local skate park, bowling alley, and ice rink. Tell your students to pick one they would like to visit. As a class, think of information parents would need to know. Then have the student write a letter including the information. An added bonus to this exercise would be printing coupons that could be attached to the letter.
Heilman, A. J., Blair, T. R., & Rupley, W. H. (In press). Principles and practices of teaching reading (11th ed.). Columbus, OH: Merrill (In Press)
Tuesday, December 6, 2011
§113.2. Social Studies, Kindergarten
(b) Knowledge and skills
(14) Science, technology, and society. The student understands ways in which technology has changed how people live. The student is expected to:
(A) describe how his or her life might be different without modern technology
Growing up online did make me incredibly nervous for parenting teens in the near future. I don’t feel like this is anything new my mother, grandmother, and those before them experienced their own struggles raising teens in an ever changing world. I laugh thinking back to my generation and the parents who wouldn’t let their teens watch MTV or who said having a pager meant you were dealing drugs. I think this video highlights the points that as parents and future educators we need to stay informed, learn how to stay connected with our children, and adapt the way we teach to capture imaginations.
Digital Nation’s narrator summed up the way I feel best about our digital world, “I love the possibilities of digital life…. But most of all I love being able to turn it off!” I loved how the movie pointed out that sometimes the price of gain is to lose something that may have once worked but now is no longer needed. I thought that Principal Jason Levy was amazing and creating a remarkable paradigm shift in educating students. I think it is critical that we realize that children’s education does have a somewhat different purpose and their futures will be immersed in technology.
This can be used as conversation starters or writing prompts.
“There have been great societies that did not use the wheel,
but there have been no societies that did not tell stories.”
"Storytelling is the most powerful way to put ideas into the world today."
~Robert McAfee Brown