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Re: [Channel-talkearthspace] session 2

From: Beverley James <bjbj8282@yahoo.com>
Date: Mon Jun 19 2006 - 11:20:24 EDT

Teaching in the Midwest--Dan
Thanks for the input. I hope the good ideas keep
coming in.
Teaching along the Colorado River, Beverley

--- Neal Utesch <utescnea@sergeant-bluff.k12.ia.us>
wrote:

> I thought that your situation with the computer labs
> was real
> interesting. I find that students who tell you that
> they have no guilt
> or concern are those students who simply have no
> limits or guidlines to
> follow. Perhaps by showing them step by step in a
> class period on how
> to navigate the web the way you want them to would
> help to take away the
> excitement of trying to get away with something in
> the class. I find
> that when the expectations are laid out to the
> students they will meet
> them and do a nice job. We can't assume that
> students know how to
> navigate properly and it could be a situation where
> the students who are
> off task, simply do not know how to go about
> searching for the proper
> information that they should be looking for. I am
> fortunate enough to
> teach at a school where all three of our labs have
> video cameras that
> help to monitor the students activity in the lab and
> what they are
> navigating on the web. Don't get me wrong, my
> school nor my students
> are perfect either. I to have to deal with students
> who are doing the
> wrong thing, but when I set the expectations and
> show them what I want,
> I tend to get better results than if I just tell
> them to search and wait
> for them to do the work on their own. I myself
> found that I was one of
> those teachers that was unaware three years ago, and
> then I started
> educating myself more about computers and how they
> work--we live in a
> time where our students knowledge of computers will
> surpass our own
> unless we start to educate oursleves and start to
> think like a student.
> I always think to myslef before I assign computer
> work, how long would
> it take me if I was them to ... I hope these ideas
> help--I tend to
> ramble on and hope that I don't sound critical, just
> wanted to join the
> conversation.
>
> "Instruction begins when you, the teacher, lean from
> the learner, put
> yourself in his place so that you may
> understand.......what he learns
> and the way he understands it."
>
>
>
> Paul Simon
>
>
> Teaching in the Midwest--Dan
>
>
>
> >>> bjbj8282@yahoo.com >>>
> Many of us are having problems with students in
> computer labs not working on school work. They may
> look like they are working, but they are not.
>
> Here is an experience I had:
> I got a class of my seventh graders to start opening
> up to me about how they could pretend to be working
> while they were actually visiting or playing games.
> They were pretty open with me because I had already
> told them I was going to go to a different school
> the
> next year. Two things about our conversation amazed
> me: 1) the teacher in charge was unaware 2) the
> students did not have a pang of guilt or concern. I
> am
> going to open up a new discussion on this topic if
> any
> of your are interesting, please join in.
>
> Here are some experiences others have had:
>
> Students try to rush through computer use and sneak
> going on line to listen to music or email one
> another
>
> The discipline problems associated with this station
> is they do a lot of text messaging when I am not
> looking.
>
> Students seem to see computer time as free time and
> do
> not automatically go to sites or programs that
> support
> class work.
>
> How do you think we can turn this situation around
> so
> computer lab time is school time and not play time?
>
>
> --- Melissa McCann <mkmcc74@yahoo.com> wrote:
>
> > I wonder if students tend to be taught about the
> > properties of rocks, but not their relationship to
> > the big picture of the Earth's past environments
> > because the teachers do not have enough of a
> > knowledge base to go any further. I have some
> > experience teaching fifth graders about rocks and
> > minerals, and I know I didn't make a thorough
> > connection.
> >
> > One engaging activity I did implement, however,
> > was mineral testing. The students had various
> > mineral samples which were labeld with numbers.
> > They had to note each mineral's characteristics
> and,
> > using their observations and reference materials,
> > identify the name of each > complete some of the
> same activities created for
> > this course. Students could gather and examine
> > their own rock samples. Teachers could then help
> > the students to identify characteristics of the
> > rocks and how they came to exist in that
> particular
> > region. They could learn how to tell the "story"
> of
> > their rocks. The "story" could become a creative
> > writing assignment. The instruction would make
> > frequent connections between the geology concepts
> in
> > the curriculum, the students' environment, and
> their
> > rock samples.
> >
> > Melissa
> > Massachusetts
> >
> >
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> Regards, Beverley James
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