GradPost: Classroom Website

Click here to view my new classroom website. There’s still much to do, but it will serve as an extension beyond the classroom for my students and fellow ESL teachers abroad.

GradPost#8: The SAMR Model & Storybird

Adding Tech to the Classroom As it was brought up in our EDU 932 course, computing in the classroom should be a way of improving the impact of the lesson.  The curriculum, not the technology, is what drives learning.  Professor Steve Katz made sure we understood that if we’re facing poor classroom management now, adding technology will…

GradPost: Patty’s 1:1 Classroom Expectations

1:1 Classroom Expectations   At Hanyang Elementary, we have two large computer rooms filled with about forty desktop computers each.  Most of the computers are fairly new, and (this being South Korea) the wifi connection is usually not a problem.  The school does not provide tablets, e-books or any other personal computing device for classroom…

GradPost#6: Good Luck. Take this.

I feel like I have so much to say about this, but I’ll have to keep it short.  I couldn’t agree more with Leo Babauta’s “9 Essential Skills Kids Should Learn,” post about why each of of these skills are so crucial for preparing the next generation for the unpredictable future ahead.  http://zenhabits.net/kid-skills/ 1. Asking questions 2. Solving…

GradPost#5: Should Ideas be Considered Property?

Should ideas be considered property? I regularly upload photography onto Facebook knowing that they are generally unprotected from being copied and reused by others.  I’m proud of a select few and would like to be sure my name is associated with them, but for the most part, I don’t mind if they are being recycled.  I have not…

GradPost#2: Digitizing Student Assignments 

Will digitizing assignments improve my teaching, work, and organization? Pros: Encourages digital citizenship (identity and etiquette) Encourages students to navigate and explore the latest tools & Web 2.0 Encourages students to digitally apply ESL skills Encourages students to utilize ESL resources online Students can interact & collaborate with peers from homes Self assessment & anonymous…

GradPost#1: How I Would Like to Improve as a Teacher

What I expect of my students is what I expect of myself- and that is as Alvin Toffler said, “…learn, unlearn, and relearn.” My teaching methods generally consist of student centered activities that promote group collaboration and empowered individual development.  I provide activities and assignments to students with a set of expectations and criteria guidelines, while strongly…