- Teachers Pay Teachers – If you have not already checked this out from reading my blog post from this week, do it! So many cool lessons and resources and the best thing is that it is supporting fellow teachers!
- After reading a few of my classmates blogs about how they were new to Twitter and how intimidating it could be to first time users I wanted to see if there were any resources or guides for teachers about how to use Twitter. On Edudemic, which is a website that connects education and technology, I found an article titled, A Teacher’s Guide to Twitter. It was an extremely useful article that had a lot of really great suggestions.
- Through one of our classmate’s blogs I came across the article, How to Build a Culture of Originality, in their Find Five Friday. They brought up one idea in the article that I found really interesting, brainwriting. It is the idea of letting individuals think up ideas on their own before going to share them with the group. I think if we gave our students more opportunities to think on their own before sharing with the class I believe more students will be willing to contribute.
- This week in my pre-student teaching classroom I was introduced to the website, GoNoodle. This website is created to get kids moving and improve their moods. In my classroom it is used to provide the students with a “brain break” after they have been working for a while and before they move onto the next lesson. The kids love it! You gotta try it!
- I really enjoyed reading Lacey’s post this week, and how she chose to reflex on this class as a community. I agree with her when she says that even though she doesn’t know what we look like she still has a sense of who we are and how awesome it is to be able to connect with educators of all different backgrounds.
- From Teaching & Tamales’ Find Five Friday I came across the article which show us how you can build a sense of community in the classroom and also still be teaching curriculum to the students. They show us how this is possible through Read Alouds. Some books like The Junkyard Wars show students that we all belong, and we all have something to contribute to our communities.
- In Tom’s post, Communities and Learning he says that, “schools who may be financially disadvantaged in comparison to other schools may be able improve their performance through community based initiatives”. When I first started to reflect on school communities I didn’t think of this idea until reading his post. It just goes to show how school community is extremely important for the success of the school and can play a vital part in raising funds for schools.
The past few weeks I have truly come to find out how important a community can be. I recently lost my Nana and throughout the whole thing there was one community that was always there, our church. This is a community that my whole family is a part of, my parents, brother, aunts, uncles, cousins, and even one that my Nana was a very active member of. Some of us are not as active in the community as others, but that didn’t matter during this time. The priest came to the house to pray with us, families brought over food, and members showed up at the funeral to show their support and condolences. In being a member of this community we were able to get through a very tough time a little easier.
Another huge community that I am apart of is the community of professors, teachers, and students in the College of Education at Arcadia University. This is a community that is full of people interested and passionate about the same thing. One thing I have notice from the year I have been at Arcadia is how everyone is so willing to help. Being a new teacher this is something that is very important. I think we learn the most from each other rather than textbooks so having a community to lean on and learn from is extremely important.
Through the community at Arcadia I was able to become a member of a new community. Being new to teaching I wanted to connect to a community for teaching, so after asking around at Arcadia it was recommended that I sign up for the website Teachers Pay Teachers, so I did! This is a website where teachers can sell original lesson plans, activities, and other resources and then other teachers can go on to purchase them. As Lave and Wegner say in their article, Communities of Practice, “In some groups we are core members, in others we are more at the margins”. I would say that the members who are selling and are very active are core members. I right now am more at the margins exploring all that the community has to offer.
One more thing I wanted to comment on was something that Kira Baker-Doyle said in her book. She says that, “teacher networks and professional learning communities help socialize and guide teachers to become active members of the professional community”. As someone who is just starting this journey this quote really makes me realize that it is okay to go to others for help and that there are so many communities out there to help me. Time to start building my communities of practice!