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Listening with Legos

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The first days of school are filled with introductions, rules and procedures - a great opportunity to teach offline with Legos!

There are only two rules in my computer lab. Rule 1: Do What's Right. We talked about how the Bible tells us the difference between right and wrong. We came up with examples how stealing, defacing property, or abusing equipment is wrong. It's good to remember that we are stewards of the school's equipment and need to treat it with respect.

Rule 2: Listen to Others. Many times in computer class I am giving students detailed instructions that must be followed in the correct sequence. That's just the nature of machines. But it's also important to listen to each other. Sometimes students have the same question but failed to hear their friends ask. and so we practiced listening with Legos.

Every student has a cup with five Lego pieces. I then give them explicit instructions to build a little bird. We then repeat the process with various distrac…

July 30, 2014 at 08:31AM

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First day of school. via Instagram

July 29, 2014 at 09:27PM

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Enjoying hot chocolate because this July has had the coldest average temperatures! via Instagram

July 27, 2014 at 09:55PM

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Enjoying the end of summer! #coldstone #IceCreamSocial via Instagram

July 26, 2014 at 07:32AM

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Look at the birds of the air: they neither sow nor reap nor gather into barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not of more value than they? Matthew 6:26 via Instagram

What Makes A Tech-Savvy Teacher?

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This is a rather thought provoking graphic. I'd consider myself a tech savvy teacher, but with this list there seems to be little room for integrating technology into the classroom. It's more a list of the tech savvy person. Teachers need to bring their students and parents along for the tech journey.

Find more education infographics on e-Learning Infographics

Reflections On Teaching With Technology

As part of an online course Teaching with Technology, I am supposed to journal my reflections from several writing prompts. Here are the questions and my thoughts. Feel free to add your comments.

1. How do you choose the technology that you use in your instruction to maximize its impact on learning?

The technology I choose needs to compliment the learning outcomes I want for my students. Usually I will consider what the kids should be learning and select software/hardware that best matches. For example, when students need to demonstrate they understand the components of a presentation, the may create a video that contains all the elements. Some students are very comfortable with the video editing software on their phones, others are not. Students could choose the medium they knew best (i.e. PowerPoint, Prezi, Animoto, etc). Neither am I afraid to ditch technology that is not making an impact on students.

2. Think about your experience working with students. Do you have specific strateg…

Drastic Pruning for Improved Results

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Teaching is a lot like gardening. I often find truisms for the classroom while working in the yard. The rose bush covering the arbor needed a hard pruning to bring it back into line reminding me of the following thoughts:

1) This rose flowers on previous growth, so I had to wait for it to finish blooming before pruning. Don't be too eager to rush into the next unit. Make sure kids understand before moving on.

2) Branches of the rose bush had grown thick but in the wrong direction, requiring that they be completely cut back. I need to do a better job of directing the younger shoots while they are still pliable. Proverbs 22:6 reminds us "train up a child in the way he should go; even when he is old he will not depart from it."