Monday, July 30, 2012
Class 7: How not to Juggle Cats. . .
If you are wondering whether or not I sympathize with the crazy amount of work you are all doing in such a short period of time, I can assure you I not only understand, but sympathize as well. With my day job, teaching summer school, my family, and life in general, I find hours and sometimes days pass and I wonder where the time goes. . .The best we can all do is our best. I applied for the Google Teacher Academy New York late last night. . .I had to submit a one-minute video and fill out the application. . .I think I submitted it at exactly 11:59pm (the time I had set aside to complete this was truncated by a soccer tournament and a girl scout project). I'm sure my application and video were too rushed to get me in, but I gave it a shot. . .I definitely didn't have the time to create the type of video I wanted to. . .I even had to enlist the aid of my children to play the "cute kid" card in hopes of selling myself. . . This morning, I created a Kony-inspired image in hopes of overcoming the shaky video. . .oh well. . .maybe next year.
Tonight, you should be ready to present your NETS-S Prezi presentations to your peers. . .the Google Form assessment should be ready as well. I will take time at the beginning of class to ensure you can get the Prezi, the assessment, and the link to the results on a blog page. You will then present to a small group of peers in the same grade range. You should also have plenty of other assignments to keep you busy. . .I have read and commented on most of the NETS collaborative narratives. I hope to have them all read with feedback by class time. I can tell you that I really think everyone would benefit from looking at past student samples to serve as a guide for how to write the paragraphs. . .The only new assignment this evening will be the Cybersafety Collaborative Website. . .I will discuss this in class and show you some past student samples. . .the good news is that each of you will only be responsible for one page of the website.
Tonight's Question: How do you feel about single-gender schools? Are you for them, against or neutral? Any personal experience?