After multiple conversations with students who complaints to me that they were never really taught how to study, I figured, a little refresher would be a good idea.
Here is a great link with good suggestions to help you.
As many of you in the "Twittersphere" already know, this summer has brought a lot of changes in my professional life. It is with excitement and pleasure that I join the fantastic team of educators working for the Liberty Public Schools.
I cannot express enough how excited I am to have the opportunity to teach in a 1 to 1 environment. I finally get to apply several of the theories that we have discussed at length over the past 4 years. It will be a challenge, but one that I welcome with all my heart.
I definitely will miss my Cameron students and colleagues, but I know that I can always count on their support, as they can count on mine.
On Friday September 28, , I was fortunate enough to be presenting (along with our guidance Counselor Ms. Groosman) at the Missouri School Board Association's annual conference.
Our session "RTI in High School... Where do I start?" was extremely well attended and very well received. The number of side/hall conversations that we had (after the presentation )with Board members and administrators from other districts , were extremely stimulating, and gave us even more food for thoughts. These conversations are essential to the future of Education.
This session, being centered on my Academic Advisement classes, did not allow for me to present any of your "productions". But have no fear; you were very much at the center of our discussion, and our thoughts.
And as you know I will be presenting at the Foreign Language Association of Missouri this coming month; and I can promise that your hard work and creativity will be displayed and discussed.
As always, I want to take the opportunity to thank you, for all your hard work, encouragements and support as I leave the classroom to continue my journey, to become a stronger educator.
Yes... It's that time of the year.
The one where we finally get to know each other fairly well; we finally found our rhythm, and things are rolling.
And yet, every year, it's the same thing; it's the time where I ruin this near perfect balance we have achieved together by going to attend several conferences.
Why? Do you ask... Because it is very important that I keep learning as well. Without the discussions and new ideas picked up at conferences, I wouldn't be able to stay in touch with the major trends in education.
I just wanted to take a moment to thank you for your patience and support as I continue to grow as a Teacher, in order to help you grow as students.
And just because we always discuss how education is a partnership, I wanted to make sure that YOU, my partners, had a chance to see what I have been doing
MITC 2011... October 10 & 11 (Lake of the Ozarks)
Watch the Recorded Session
FLAM 2011.... October 21 & 22 (Saint Louis)
Watch the Recorded Session
How Cool is that....
My "new" favorite web 2.0 tool...
You all know how I have been "pimping" MailVU... the free video message recording site...
Apparently I have mentioned it so many times on Twitter now, that THEY took notice, and I was asked to submit a guest blog post... a testimonial as to why I like the product...
We have already explained the concept of un-connferences, and I cannot tell you enough how much I love this concept. It is probably one of the most motivating and empowering experiences I have participated in over the last 2 years.
As promised, I did learn a lot of new things, that I cannot wait to ntroduce to you in the classroom, and as promised, I did talk about us... I showed your work, and shared with the other attendees some of your projects, and the process that we are going through together, in our classroom.
I will not bore you with the lengthy details and reflections (I have a blog for that, and will probably use it soon), but I know that several of you have asked about the event and wanted to know more...
Here it is...
Click here for the link to the wiki where you can see all the details about the event
Click here to watch the sessions that were streamed live on the internet
I was very fortunate these past 3 days.
I was once again able to attend METC (Midwest Education Technology Conference), and had the priviledge to present a session on the use of Web 2.0 tools to enhance Foreign Language Education.
The name os it was "Web 2.0: It's all Foreign to me (Round 2)"
The focus of the session was to provide attendees with concrete classroom examples of tech integration.. I shared your succes stories... From writing skills (thanks to Twitter) to speaking skills (Google Voice), I shared and shared and shared. And they loved it.
I cannot tell you enough how thankful I am that you are my students... and that you are all so daring and willing to explore along with me. There is no words to describe how proud I am of all the efforts you put into it. I would not have anything to present (anything but ideas that is) if it were not for you...
So, again, from my heart to yours.... THANK YOU...
Let's keep it up.
Edcamp Omaha (March 26) and a Professional Development session this summer in the Saint Louis area.
On Thursday December 3 2010, I was lucky enough to be a guest presenter at Northwest Missouri University in Maryville MO
Ellen Haley, instructor in the communication, theater and languages department,was nice enough to allow me to address her students (future educators), and introduce them to some of my favorite Web 2.0 tools. The prezi, titled "Web 2.0: It's All Foreign To Me", is a collection of resources (sites, people and software) which have radically impacted my philosophy of teaching and practices over the last year and a half. The presentation centered around a brief introduction of the tools, but also provided the students with concrete examples of applications in my classroom.
Click here for a transcript of some of the back channel discussion, and my responses to the questions and comments, or you can download the PDF version below
November 11, 2010
It was our pleasure (my colleague Doug Hansen and I), to take 26 students to Northwest Missouri University, to attend their Modern Language Day organized by the Department of Communication, Theater, and Languages.
It is a fantastic opportunity for our students to experience other cultures (Korean, Russian, American Sign Language etc.), as well as to meet and compete against other area high schoolers who study a foreign Language.
We are proud to report that the traveling trophy is once again back at Cameron High (Yes we won..)
Please check out the slide show below for pictures of the day.
On Saturday November 6 2010, I participated in Kansas City's 1st tech education UNconference, edcampkc.
I believe it was actually the 4th one to ever be organized in the nation. Educators from all around the country (Michigan, Florida, Nebraska, Iowa, Kansas, Illinois and more) showed up in Lee's Summit to attend this groundbreaking event.
The concept is simple: educators with common interests, gather to discuss and expand their professional development. Since it is an UNconference, sessions are not set in stone. Anyone with an idea, or a special interest can lead/facilitate a session.
Now, just because it is an UNconference, and nothing is set in stone, does not mean that it is UNorganized. Thanks to Kyle Pace, an Instructional Technology Specialist from the Lee's Summit School District, and a myriad of other people who helped him shape up and organize this event, there was more structure and relevance to this conference than many others I have attended.
Kyle secured the collaboration of Central Missouri State University, and many sponsors who were gracious enough to provide door prizes including the "grand Prize", a brand new Kindle, courtesy of @allofek12, which yours truly was fortunate enough to win. Yep, I got it. :)
I chose to lead a session, and with the help of Mrs. Forsythe (loyal friend, and great help), I did "present" some of the sites that we (my students and I) use in class to enhance "speaking skills" (since I am French Teacher.) It was a very rewarding experience, that allowed me to network with so many different valuable educators, and really fired up my motivation. It was so fantastic to see that so many thought we were on the right track with all these "new" projects, and so thought provoking to hear about what others are doing in their school.
Needless to say, I came out of this experience with a million ideas (who knows how many will really be born), and a newfound appreciation for the relationship I have with my students. Guys, I cannot tell you enough, how much I appreciate your flexibility and your patience as I strive to become a better teacher.
Check out this cool little video taken at the event. It is entitled "I am a teacher, and I have the best job in the world"
You can view some of the pictures of the event by clicking here,
Click on the following links to read some of the reflections from other attendees:
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