First day for Kinder Buddies. Each sixth grade student works with a kindergarten student. Students login to complete levels on code.org for pre-readers. Sixth graders test their patience and teaching skills at every kinder buddy session.
CUSD Project ProposalCurrently, students in calexico face a big challenge when it comes to fieldtrips. Access to field trips is limited by funds, time and geographic location. My idea is enrich the social studies and language arts curriculum using google cardboard virtual reality apps through android os smartphones. If I receive the CUSD Innovator grant I would purchase 15 unlocked smartphones and 15 mattel viewers. My goal is download virtual reality apps that allows students to participate in interactive social studies lessons. I will need to download applications on each smartphone for students to go on a virtual tour. In sixth grade, the social studies curriculum focus on ancient civilizations. One essential standard is for students to understand the relationship between geographical factors and accomplishments of a civilization. Using virtual reality augments students’ schema of geographical factors. For instance, this year was very difficult because many of my students had not travel outside of calexico. During social studies, students had difficulties comprehending the importance of mountains, climate, vegetation in relation to the success of a civilization. In science, students struggle with identifying the characteristics of biomes. In language arts, we read a futuristic dystopian novel and many students had difficulties with visualizing a skyscrapers, rapids, railroads, mansion, etc. With the help of virtual reality students can explore these places and build schema about the physical world around them. Additionally, the common core English language art standards identify presentation of knowledge through the use of multimedia platforms. Virtual reality quests apply to the four ISTE student standards. The ISTE student standards these lessons will target: 1.C, 2.C, 3.A, 3.B, 3.C, 3.D and 4.D. The ISTE teacher standards these lessons will target: 2.A, 2.B, 2.C, 2.D and 3.A. As an educator, I am willing to train others to use virtual reality to enrich their lessons. My goal is to create a curriculum for the sixth grade team to use. Also, my goal is to make myself and other staff comfortable with using virtual reality so that our students can create quests as well. Furthermore, I would like to increase my experience with android devices as my expertise lie with mac products. Lastly, my motivation to bring virtual reality to CUSD is to give students the opportunity to venture outside their usual surroundings and learn about the world they live in.
Building creativity helps when you have a starting point. During the last twenty minutes of class, students worked on a mandala art project. Students picked a coloring sheet with an intricate design of their choice. Next, the students selected a set amount of crayons to trace the edges of the design. Additionally, students were encourage to leave large space blank. Once students were done coloring, they proceeded with watercolors. Students used paintbrushes to go over uncolored areas. Each student's designed was exhibited during a gallery walk in the classroom.
Welcome Back! The new school year is off to a great start. Today, we had a big morning meeting. Students discussed their favorite heroes, sports, and movies. Secondly, students worked on digital citizenship lessons and set up their edmodo accounts. Lastly, students began reading the book, Wonder by Rj Palacios.
This summer Calexico Unified School District is providing students with a unique opportunity. Code Your Adventure is a course designed for students who are looking to improve their writing while learning how to code. There are three summer groups available from 2nd to 7th grade. Groups are organized based on dominate age within groups. Summer courses last six weeks and meals are provided. Students will be using various applications and devices to complete coding and writing projects. Open house will showcase student projects. Parents this is an excellent opportunity for your child to experience elementary coding and writing.
During our second and third trimester Room 4 has been working to reach their Accelerated Reader Goal. Each student has a personalized reading goal that based on a reading assessment. Students track their progress via Renaissance place. In Renaissance place students take quizzes and their point progress. Students are encouraged to test during recess and before school. Sometimes all students need is a visual list to get them excited about their next book!
Currently, Calexico Unified School District is offering a competitive grant for teachers. This year teachers across the district are encourage to apply for CUSD Innovator grant. For many teachers this is a dream come true. Thinking about a project that will improve your classroom? Are your struggling to get technology equipment for an awesome project? The CUSD Innovator grant is providing funding for innovative projects that will transform learning in the classroom. Additionally, one key element in your project is the ability to replicate. CUSD is looking for projects that can be used in other classrooms and school sites. Your application needs the following: 1 min teaser video, grant application form and an essay outlining project. CUSD Innovator opportunity is open for single or group applicants.
If selected, you will need to present your project to a panel and audience. Final grant recipient will be selected by panel of judges and audience votes. A grant recipient will be selected from K - 6 and 7 - 12.
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One of the amazing perks of being a teacher are professional learning communities. As a teacher, you are isolated from your colleagues during the day or busy weeks. Most of a teacher's day is spent in classroom or running in and out of the workroom. Making time for PLC's allow teachers to share ideas and concerns they have about their practice. Fortunately, my grade level meets informally several times through the week and formally once a week. In those meetings, our grade level team discusses many items. During our formal meets, we discuss a biweekly agenda sent by our principal. We prepared for events related to our grade level. During our informal meets, we plan schedules, interventions and discuss student data. As a team, we discuss new strategies or tech tricks that we are implementing. Since our grade level team has a range of teacher experiences, background and interests our PLC's focus on sharing strategies to improve our practice.
With the digital age there many ways to connect with educators around the globe. Connecting with teachers on twitter, google plus, pinterest, Google educator groups, blogs, and teacher sites are great sources for PLC's outside of your site. On twitter, teachers can follow hashtags or users to get latest strategies. You can join a conversation by following a hashtag. Check chat calendar to jump in on the conversation. Interested in a specific topic? Join a google plus collection or community. Want to lead or participate with local educators? Then Google Educator groups is for you. Lastly, pinterest helps you collect ideas, blogs, or sites in one central location. There are many perks to being a teacher but one of the best is having an awesome professional learning community whether it is a live one or a digital one.
We had our Winter Celebration at the end of the school Day. Students decorated red gift boots and wrote holiday cards to a special person. In all, the day was merry and filled with festivity.
Red Ribbon 2015 Reflective Essay
Written by Ivanna Garibay
During Red Ribbon Week we do many things to celebrate drug awareness. We do incredible posters in one day. We too do essays to talk about the negative impacts about drugs. We have field trips to teach us about how bad are drugs. We do more activities, this are just some activities we do during Red Ribbon Week.
One activity that we did in Red Ribbon Week was that we use black and white. We need to come with a clothes that is black and white for Friday. I brought a black shirt and white pants. I got the pants a little dirty but that was not a problem. Then later on Mrs. V was fixing the video that we did for this special week. We were all laughing and scared about people seeing our video on Youtube and in school.It was the opening assembly of Red Ribbon week. Then like about at two the school brought the BMX riders. They did some special tricks for us. Everyone was excited and surprise. We then went to home.
Then next week we needed to bring a red shirt with a cap and sunglasses. I brought my red shirt with my uniform skirt. Of course I brought my sunglasses and cap. I did all the routine of the morning when we finished P.E I put my sunglasses which look like real glasses. Everyone asked me “ You wear glasses?” Then I said “ No, this glasses are fake.” I have brought two more different sunglasses and I used all of them. All day I used my sun glasses. Then later we went to home.
On Tuesday, we needed to brought our pajamas. I was little scared of bringing pajamas all alone but I asked some of my friends if they were going to bring their pajamas and some said “Yes.” So I brought my cupcake pajamas and everyone almost all my class brought their pajamas. Then I did not feel all alone after all. I liked wearing my pajamas that day. Everyone said that my cupcake pajamas were cute. Later on we went home at one p.m.
Another activity that we did on Red Ribbon Week was to bring something red or pink to support cancer awareness. I wore a pink shirt with pink long socks and a red sweater. That same day we went to the Imperial Drug Store. There were many activities to do in the drug store. I too saw some of my old friends that day which is very special for me. In the drug store the people made a skit for us. It looked so real I got scared. They talked about saying no to drugs and to be good kids and not do bad choices for our lives. Then we got to our transportation which was a bus. When we come to school it was like one thirty p.m. We just did some math and went to home.
On Thursday we brought a costume of our favorite superhero or we could bring a shirt. I brought the only superhero shirt I had which was superman. Everyone brought a shirt just some kids a wore a costume. Then in class my teacher Mrs. V asked us to make a circle and then shared who was our favorite superhero. Then we continue our normal school day. But everyone was excited of tomorrow. Everyone was excited because tomorrow was Friday.
The last day of Red Ribbon Week we used our Halloween costumes. Everyone was telling their Halloween costume but I kept my costume as secret. Then when I entered nobody recognized me. Then everyone said you are a hippy. Everyone was saying you are going to win the contest and I like you costume. When we went to the last assembly for Red Ribbon week it was the assembly of student o0f the month, last assembly of Red Ribbon, and the Halloween Costume Contest. Even though I did not won I was happy with my costume we had a fun Friday and we had a Halloween party. Some kids and Mrs. V gave some candy like if we were trick or treating. It was a great week. These are all the activities we did during red ribbon week.
Red Ribbon 2015 Reflection EssayWritten by Fernanda Molina
What is red ribbon week? Red ribbon week is a week at school which you learn about drug awareness. You do a lot of different things. Also, you wear different outfits during the week. In my school, we have assemblies, dances, and a field trip.
One of the things we do during red ribbon week is that we do posters. We do a big poster as a class and put it at the door. Then, we do our own posters. We draw and color the posters. There are some judges that like and dislike the posters. The judges pick the best drawing and announce the winner.
Anyways, we dressed with different outfits during the week. On Monday, we bring a red t-shirt learn about drug awareness. Afterwords, on Tuesday we bring our pajamas to school. We wear pink and red on Wednesday to support cancer. Thursday we wear a super hero t-shirt or a custom. Friday the last day, we bring our Halloween costumes.
Additionally, we learn what to do and say when somebody ask you for drugs. We learn what kind of drugs are the baddest of all. Many people fall for drugs. Red ribbon week is a fun week at school and we learn a lot of things. Finally, that’s what we did in red ribbon week.
Michelle Villasenor is an elementary teacher that focuses on educational technology and student-centered learning to promote love for learning.