Sunday, November 23, 2014

Blog Post Assignment #14 Teaching Can Be a Profession by Joel Klein

The thought of teaching being a profession is discussed in more detail by Joel Klein. Mr. Klein talks of some of the things he would change in the area of teaching. The first problem he points out is, "the need for better academic training for  prospective teachers, with a solution of providing solid math preparation resembling the practices of high performing nation; second, a new approach to recruiting teachers with a solution of recruiting from the top third of graduates; third the way teacher are rewarded with the solution of  excellency, not seniority being the guiding hallmark." (Klein, USA Today News Paper.)

The problem of better academic training for teachers is needed. If the material which is taught to potential educators is not matching other nations, there need to be a Educational Watch in this area to make sure training given is adequate, so educators can be better prepared to be a productive teachers.

I do agree with introducing a new approach for recruiting  teachers. The ideal of choosing from the top  third is a start. The attitude of  how seriously the profession means to an individual should also be a governing factor for recruiting teachers.

The rewarding of a teacher for excellency is another area that I agree with Mr. Klein. Thirty years of being an educators and you are not an effective teacher, should not put a teacher in line for any reward

Conclusion-The thought of the teaching profession moving into strict requirements for acceptance into the field would greatly give this area a better reputation. The supplying of study material inline with other nations would also help improve our education system. These suggestions by Mr. Klein are all positive suggestions for improving our education system.  

Works Cited

Klein, Joel."Teaching Can Be a Profession." USA  Today Newspaper  17 Nov. 2014. Print.


C4K #11

Cameron - Comment-I believe you liked this story. Ellie loves her pet. I had a goldfish when I was younger,re and I had fun feeding it.

 Summary - Cameron  liked the story, the 14th Goldfish, a story read in class.In the story, the character Ellie had a goldfish for a pet. I told him having a goldfish for a pet is cool. I told him that many years ago, I had a goldfish, and how much fun it was feeding it.

Antonio - Comment- I really have not slowed down enough to understand soccer, but in other countries, it is the number one sport. Your blog tells me that you are a soccer fan. One day, I am going to try and understand this sport, but while I am trying to figure out soccer, you have fun!

Summary-Antonio really enjoys soccer. He is detailed in his blog of his enjoyment in playing soccer. He gives the feeling of what it is like to be on the field.

GraceH - Comment- In your blog, you are using your new vocabulary words very well. We too, are being taught to use college  vocabulary words. Your family and friends will look at you a little strange for a while, but they will get use to you. Let's keep learning new words, their meaning, how to pronounce them, how to spell them, and when to use them. WE CAN DO IT!

Summary- GraceH is learning new words. She did not like this new process at the beginning, but when she practiced with a goal of doing better, she liked learning new words. In her blogs, I can tell she is using words that are different, but have meanings that you are familiar with.

Sunday, November 16, 2014

Blog Post #13 What Can Elementary Education Teachers Do to Help Improve Our Student's Handwriting, Using Technology?

The students of today have a complaint from their parents, the ability to write legible. I also noticed my own children, before leaving home, had this problem. Website like:, address solution to this problem. Our children are technology smart which is a positive thing for them, but we must not let our students forget they will need the skill of writing in the workforce and other areas of their life. Parents also have a part in teaching this much needed skill to their children. I have a memory as a small child of my parents having me to sit down at the kitchen table, write my name and the alphabets, regularly. The many hours that our children use technology, has taken the writing skill to a very low usage. Another website that offers help on this subject is: If somehow the elementary education teacher could fit these websites, or other helpful source into the lesson plans of today,they can help correct this problem.

Sunday, November 9, 2014

C4T Assignment

Comment 1- When I read blogs, something about its message attracts me. Critique is not on my mind.  Others sharing their thoughts can be very helpful.

Summary-The reading of the message in blogs and not criticizing the message is what this blog is about.

Comment 2 - The using of others information is what we are learning in depth as we research and then record the information. Cite where your information is coming from, if it is not your own, is the first rule we are being taught.

Summary- This blog stresses the importance of getting permission before using work that others have created.

Project #10 Interview Movie

Blog Post # 12 What Assisitive Technologies Are Availiable to You As A Teacher?


Teachers use digital pens to record the notes they
take. They will take the notes then they will
Digital Pen upload the notes to the computer to show to their
students on a smartboard or projector. The digital
pen can be a great resourse for students because
they can put their notes on the computer and
organize them. It can be especial helpful for students with disabilties because they can record the teacher talking then can be uploaded to the computer and converted to notes. the digital pen is slightly bigger than a stylus but very easy to use. Some particular pens require a certain type of paper but it is not that expensive.WikiPedia
Another type of digital pen was made by Leap Frog.
It allows the kid to slide the pen over the word
and it will read it to the kid so they can repeat it.
Researched By: Heather Trawick

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iPads or tablets are a great way to use assistive technology because of all the apps they have available. One of my favorite apps was iCommunicate it allows students to design their own storyboards, flash cards and more. Another one is myHomework it lets students get their homework and everything for their classes together in one app. It is very easy to use and works great. The last one I want to talk about is Dragon Dictation. It is an easy voice recognition app that allows you to speak and see what you have said in text. It is 5 times faster than just typing on a keyboard.<br />
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Research by Kaitlyn McLarty

I chose to do "Electronic Worksheets". <a href="" target=_"blank"> MathPad and MathPad Plus </a> are websites that a teacher can use to make his or her own worksheets for students that might have ADHD or might need help refining their motor skills. The Mathpad version is for grades K-2 and it helps them with borrowing and adding. The Mathpadplus version is for grades 3-5 and it helps them with decimals, fractions, and word problems. Both of these electronic worksheets will read the problem to students. Students can use headphones when using these worksheets so that they do no distract other students.<div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img alt="Mathpad" title="" border="0" src="" /></a></div>
Research by Jessica Mayo. 

The SmartBoard was created by research. Inventors used projectors, the white board, computers, and computer applications to create the SmartBoard. This combination and interactiveness created the ability to “touch control computer applications.” (wikipedia). Students with physical handicaps can use the SmartBoard as an assistive  tool because it oprerates with the touch of the finger, or a stick. Math, Science, English, and searching the web for helpful information on school assignments are at the students request with just a touch on the white interactive board.

Work Cited

SmartBoard. www.   

By Edna Montgomery