We had a small party at the end of the day. Each student designed a box over the weekend. Creativity was evident in student box design. Students shared Valentine's Day cards with each other. Overall, it was a lovely day.
Students at in room four celebrated the winter holidays. Students brought snacks to share. They watched The Secret Life of Pets. Students decorated a holiday gift for their family. Overall it was a pleasant day in room four.
The Winter Festival rehearsal took place today. All Rockwood students brought out their sparkling winter outfits. This year our stage was closer to the cafeteria. The stage had lovely decorations resembling a house decorate for the winter holidays. Enjoy the rehearsal video with the sixth grade performance of Sleigh Bells by Ronettes Remixed by PhatCat.
During a staff meeting, I shared out some of the challenges I perceived during the implementation of virtual field trips in a lesson. To paint the classroom picture, students participated in three rotations. Two rotations included an independent activity. One of the rotations was a virtual field trip with the teacher as a guide. The first day I implemented this rotation schedule it was crazy. Good Crazy. Students on the field trip shouted, "Wow, the pyramid is huge. " The students on the virtual field trip made sounds of excitement. While the other students in their other rotations were constantly looking over. I could see the curiosity take over the whole group. The students left the classroom talking about the field trip to the Pyramids of Giza.
My biggest challenge so far has been classroom management. Teachers at the staff meeting encourage me to prepare other guides. I quickly begin scouting guides in each sixth grade class. I had over 15 guides apply in the first day! To my excitement the guides were eager to learn and take students on field trips. I worked with the guides as they practiced setting up viewers to guiding a virtual field trip. Guides in learning had to pass a final test to be selected. In sixth grade we have at least 3 Spanish guides and 8 English guides. So far our guides have been working with sixth grade and kinder. We are hoping to get them into more classrooms!
Students conference with teacher to propose field trips that would supplement curriculum. For example, a kinder teacher request a google expedition on animals. Sixth grade guides downloaded and prepared oral guide script for kinder classroom for a field trip to the San Diego Zoo and Great Barrier Reef. Sixth grade guides go in pairs to conduct field trip.
Google Expeditions App IOS
As November finishes we recognize the efforts of all students. Today students wil receive a Pizza Hut Book It voucher for meeting their monthly AR goal. Students work hard to read 30 minutes every day to reach their goal. Additionally, Citizen of the Month was Marian and Student of the Month was Ashlee.
I am truly grateful for all the sixth grade students. Each students comes to school and gives their best effort. Many students have been learning how to become more independent. The sixth grade class of 2016 -2017 will definitely be ready for middle school. Peace, Miss V
The day has arrived! Equipment is setup and ready for implementation. This day would not be possible without the support of Calexico Unified School District. I would like to thank everyone who has pitched in to make this a dream come true. Many late nights researching the best equipment and apps occurred to implement this project.
I am very excited and nervous to implement this project. In order to test the effectiveness of this intervention, I will be observed during the first lesson by my mentor teacher Heidi De La Cruz. With her feedback I am hoping to improve this project so that students benefit the most from virtual field trips.
The lesson is simple and is commonly known as "centers or rotations." The classroom is set up in three long tables shaped by five desk facing each other. At the end of each table there is a single desk. This setup allows movement from one rotation to the next for all 33 students. Music plays softly in the background. When the music stops all students move to the next rotation. Groups are established before so students know which group they belong to. At the beginning of the lessons, I go over the menu or instructions. Students have written instructions on a small white board in short hand and assignment details in LMS. Rotation 2 which is the virtual field trip simple states Miss V. In the other two rotations students are completing a web quest about the Pyramids of Giza. In another rotation, students are exploring a site to find clues about Ancient Egypt. Lastly, all students would go on a virtual field trip to the Pyramids of Giza with their teacher.
As I write this I realized how I forgot about the most important factor, curiosity. After implementing, the lesson I realized that it was unreal for me to expect all students to work independently or in groups as they usually do when there is a new, shiny thing in the classroom. I saw there faces light up when they got ready for their turn to go on the field trip. There were so excited to share what they saw. They made comparisons to the web quest they were doing. Others couldn't wait to share with their friends. Some students asked me how the pictures could be real. They had so many questions. I couldn't believe the engagement during the lesson.
In conclusion, virtual field trips provide a unique experience for students. The visual content available allows for them to connect to language. Many of my students are English Language Learners and with the field trips they are able to create a connection with difficult or new words. Additionally, many of students are learning about other places in the world through these field trips. Many students compared the geography from the Pyramids of Giza to the geography of our community. Other students became interested in finding our water sources. Others wanted to know more about the structural framework of the pyramids. Overall, virtual field trips do impact learning and I am hoping to continue my research to see how I can combine writing and reading strategies to promote language acquisition.
Sixth grade students helped kindergarten students get ready for the Hour of Code. Each kindergarten class got a visit to setup and run Course 1 from code.org. Many of the kindergarten students were eager to work on the ipads with a sixth grade student. Many of our sixth grade students had to display patience and kindness as they taught kindergarten students how to log in and code. Our students showed great leadership and problem-solving skills when working in Kinder Buddies.
Students worked hard on finalizing their Traveling Around the World projects. In this last stage, students created a screencast of their presentation. Each student creates a personalized scree cast of their presentation. The screen cast is saved on their drive and then share with the teacher. Many students exclaimed how weird their voice sounded. Other students mentioned that they did not know how easy it is to create a screen cast. Overall, everyone was working hard to get these projects done.
Room 4 worked hard this month to reach their AR point goal. Students read and take AR test to collect points. Students are expected to get 9 AR points per month to earn a pizza hut voucher as part of the Book It.
Michelle Villasenor is an elementary teacher that focuses on educational technology and student-centered learning to promote love for learning.