Sunday, May 5, 2013

Project 13

I wasn't in a group this semester. Actually I was but I got sick and had to be in the hospital and couldn't be in a group any longer. So I didn't use Skype or anything to talk to anyone in my group. I did use Google Docs all semester with Dr. Strange and I've used Skype before.

C4K April

My Child was Erika K this week. She is in the 4th grade in Mrs Geldes Class in Nebraska. Her latest, and only, post was asking if we had ever had a snow day.
My comment: Hi Erika, My name is Ashton and I live in Mobile, AL. I go to school at the University of South Alabama. It stays pretty warm around here so I can't say we get a lot of snow. BUT I have had ONE snow day in all 15 years of school I have been in. The Snow didn't even stick but because we, as southerners, do not know how to drive in the snow they cancelled all the schools and most businesses were closed. I didn't do much, except watch tv and drink a lot of hot chocolate! Do you love your snow days?

This week I had Chole. She is from Australia and is in the fourth grade. Her latest post was about her Easter activities. "On Monday the 15th of April my class worked on holiday writing.
My goal was to use interesting words. Here is the work I did. Play date Georgia came over to my house and we did lots of climbing on my mattress. In the hallway a mattress fell over while we were sitting on it.
Nan’s I went to my Nan’s on the holidays for a sleepover and I slept in the lounge room. In the morning I watched TV. Then we made earrings.
Luna Park I went to Luna Park with my Mum and Dad and also my friend. My favourite ride was a ride that spins upside down. I was a bit dizzy after it but I still had fun. We all thought the Ghost Train was boring. very one knew that something would jump out at you. The rollcoster is 100 years old so it was very bumpy but it was fun."
My Comment: Hi Chole! It sounds like you had a great Easter Break! We don't get an Easter Break here in Alabama BUT I got to see all my family on Easter. We hunted eggs and all kinds of fun stuff! Keep up the great blogging!

Blog Post #15

Part One:
For blog post fifteen we were supposed to look back and look at our first post about our future classroom and what we would change and what we wouldn't. Here's my first post:

My Future Classroom When I become a teacher, I will be very organized and I will use a lot of technology in the classroom. I've learned, by volunteer work, that children with special needs usually learn better if they can be very hands on with the subject. David, the little boy I babysit, learns a lot faster on his iPad then when he is just sitting with paper and a pencil writing things down and answering questions. I also am a very hands on learner. I, myself, do better when I am seeing how things are working and I am actually doing the "experiment" then just studying and taking a quiz or a test. I feel like I can relate to the students in that sense.
I hope by the time I am a teacher all the students will have their own iPads or tablets instead of paper and pencils. I think that would help reduce the amount of paper used in the classroom and also will help those children who are mute or cannot speak ask questions and communicate in the classroom. I will teach using many different methods, such as: demonstration and some lecturing. I do not learn very well from lecturing so I don't plan on using tons of lecturing.
I am going to be teaching secondary level special education. In my classroom I will have the students split up into different groups. There would be 3 groups. They would be 1. highly functioning and those who are the most independent 2. the kids who need some one on one work but can still do most of their work on their own and 3. the lowest functioning students who need the most attention. I would hopefully be working with two or three other teachers and we would rotate the groups from class to class so the students still feel like they are in high-school and make them feel as normal as possible.
I will be a dedicated teacher and I plan on mastering in Special Education. I also plan on teaching English and Comprehension. I know I will make a great teacher to the students because I wont treat them as if they have disabilities, but as if they were normal children and will not baby them. I plan on having a very vibrant room and display the children's work and artwork around the room. I am very excited to start teaching my future students.

Honestly, re-reading this I don't think I would change much. I would still use technology and use iPads a lot. I feel like technology is going that way anyways. I feel like I would put the students in groups and rotate them. I feel like I might use blogger to keep my parents up to date and keep up the "green" classroom. Important dates, pictures, and other things would go on the blog page and I'd be open to letting the students all have one blogger and they all having an hour or so working as a class on one large class blog.

Being a special education teacher and teaching these children who are so delicate is my passion and I know I can do anything I put my heart into and these future children already have me heart. I'll make sure to keep my blog updated and out there, so look for it! (I still have like 2 years so wait a little while) But my future classroom will be fun and bright and filled with artwork from the children and tons of other little things. Including technology and iPads!

Part Two: