I think that while school can be not enjoyable, it is necessary in life. We go to school for more reasons than just the law. School is definitely worth our time, although it may not seem so. School back in the 1700′s was based on discipline, which we can all agree is not a fun thing to learn, but a necessity. But these days school is more than just discipline. We learn communication, behavior, math, creativity, how to stay healthy, and so much more. When you grow up, there are so many things you need to know. But without school, you wouldn’t know these things. Responsibility. Organization. Independence. Trust. And even basic things like cooking. Cleaning. Sewing. Sending emails! Memorization! You learn something new every day, but sometimes you may not realize it. You learn tiny things that may not come in handy until much later. In math, adding fractions. In gym, pacing yourself. Studying for a test. Making friends. In Art, gluing things together! Small things do make a difference. In the modern age, I think that learning has become more student-based and less focused on discipline, which is great. Kids complain about homework and tests, when really, we have it easy. Other kids don’t do gym class, or music, or hands-on experiments, or presentations, or even have access to computers! There are kids in the world who wish they had the chance to go to school, to learn, to interact with each other. So remember that you are lucky to have such an experience. Think of the people in Africa, Asia, South America… Even in the USA that don’t have access to schooling. Think of them before you complain again.
Thank you for reading! Comment below why YOU think school is necessary or not necessary. Everyone has a right to their opinion. And make sure to add where you are from so we can map it in our classroom.
I have read multiple books in my life. Tens, hundreds, thousands. But some books stand out. One book in particular. And that book has passages. But not all passages are extremely unique… However, this one is! I am going to share my favorite paragraph from The Hunger Games #1 by Suzanne Collins.
With the Capital growing farther away every second, I begin to think of home. Of Prim and my mother. Of Gale. I excuse myself to change out of my dress in to a plain shirt and pants. As I slowly, thoroughly wash the makeup from my face and put my hair into its braid, I began transforming back into myself. Katniss Everdeen. A girl who lives in the Seam. Hunts in the woods. Trades in the Hob. I stare in the mirror and try to remember who I am and who I am not. I am not under the Capitals control. I am not a victor nor a star-crossed lover. I am myself. Katniss Everdeen. I am the girl on fire.
The reason I chose this paragraph was because I feel that it means something. Something deep. Something true and pure, coming from Katniss’s heart. It also fits with the theme of rebellion. Katniss is trying to remember who she really is; not the capitols puppet, not just a girl from the Seam. She is someone special to be remembered. Someone who cannot be controlled. Mainly she is trying to remember that she doesn’t have a place with the velvet couches and prime steaks and glass ceilings. She is not one of the capitols pawns. Or puppets. Whatever you want to call it. Katniss is simply herself. I feel like this paragraph says “rebel” all over, and that’s what I love. Man VS Society is one of my favorite themes. Overall, my favorite thing about this paragraph is the simplicity and the truth. Katniss needs to remember who she really is. The girl on fire.
Thank you for reading! Please comment below what YOUR favorite passage from a book is- and WHY!!! Please add where you are from so we can put it on our classroom map!
People might believe that all technology does is ruin your brain, but that is not always the case. In fact, technology is a key-tool to learning and communication.
I believe Smart Boards, Blogging, and Skype should be used with students in all classrooms to connect themselves with each other and other students worldwide.
Blogging gives students the chance to enter a whole new world where students can connect in ways that have never been seen before blogging. With blogging, students can reach out and share opinions. It is different to obtain opinions from students than it is to obtain opinions from adults. Opinions assist you more than you would imagine. As you can aid others in giving opinions, they can also give opinions to you. Otherwise known as feedback. Feedback is important as you advance through life. Feedback can always help you improve.
Blogging is also a way to share your talent with others. You can be a talented writer, artist, or fashion designer. But with blogging, there will always be a way to share your talent.
Skype is something most people wouldn’t expect to be as of help for learning, but Skype is unequivocally an excellent learning tool. People might argue that Skype is unfiltered and unsafe but i believe that Skype can do many new things for classrooms. Skype gives students the ability to share knowledge with each other. Students on each side on the monitor have different knowledge- and all knowledge needs to be shared. Almost like stepping through a mirror, Skype can help you learn the culture and lifestyle of the other partaker. It’s as if you are really in India, but you are merely at the front of a computer monitor. Skype is a key program for learning about different lifestyles- and each other!
And to finish off my nearly-ideal melding of technology, let us continue on and discuss an actual physical learning tool- SmartBoards. We use SmartBoards daily in our classroom to look at videos, examples, and articles. The SmartBoard is a useful tool that assists you when you need to show something to the whole class, instead of writing on a whiteboard. I think SmartBoards are useful for when you are going to show a presentation as well as when you are to show an article, a example, a video, or even math problems. Anything on the computer can also appear on the SmartBoard. SmartBoards are also very helpful when you are sharing presentations with your fellow peers. Have you ever had to painfully squint at the writing on the board? I have. Multiple times. SmartBoards are different- large print, everybody can see- and enjoy!
Technology is a key-point in learning. Every student deserves the experience that blogging, or Skype, or SmartBoards can bring. When students have access to technology and exceptional programs, they are more motivated to work harder and truly take full advantage of their natural abilities and brains.
Technology is a huge part of the 21st century, and teachers need to adapt to technology being used in classrooms. I believe that technology can help students learn in a whole new way that has never been seen before. Mrs. Ripp has done an excellent job of turning our classroom into a technology wonderland, but there is still more that could be done. Technology gives students the ability to express themselves and create anything you could imagine. Technology opens so many doors for learning new things. Students should have access to computers so they can do research and type up reports. Students can learn so much!
Digital editing and art is something I believe all students should have access to. Computer applications like Windows Movie Maker allow kids to create movies, presentations, artwork, and so much more. Projects that I have experienced have made it necessary to create a homemade video on certain topic and Movie Maker is what I need every time. Even simple things like Google’s Drive Presentation Option allows kids to create virtual presentations with photos, information, videos, and animations. Looking at a poster is so much less fun than an interactive presentation. Google Drive is certainly a fabulous option that all students should have the ability to experience. Google’s Drive Document option is a fantastic tool for writing stories, scripts, and simply storing facts! Writing is an important tool, but typing gives you the ability to do things quicker and easier. How about emailing a teacher? Wouldn’t be possible without technology. Blogging is also an excellent way to weave technology into learning. While becoming stronger writers, you are sharing your thoughts with the world. Feedback is a necessary thing in writing, and blogging is certainly a way to receive tips and ideas. Blogging is also sneaking in writing, but it definitely seems more fun! Blogging is such a unique experience that I believe all students should have the ability to experience.
Skyping is also an excellent way to use technology to learn. Skyping allows you to connect yourself with others and share ideas! Although you are not sitting down and reading out of a textbook, skyping helps you learn in a whole different way! Communicating is a fabulous skill. And in our classroom, we use Skyping for Geography as well. During our Mystery Skypes, we are learning about continenets, rivers, regions, and even states themselves! With skyping, you can also connect with authors and other peers. That’s quite amazing, if you think about it.
I understand that some schools cannot afford to have SmartBoards, but they are great teaching tools and helpful in so many different ways. I feel that all students should have accessto SmartBoards at school. They allow teachers to show articles, presentations, and examples to the whole class while the font is plenty big enough to read. You can share projects with the class and watch educational videos that everyone can see! It’s also very helpful in math when you are showing the assignment or the answers on the board. The SmartBoard was an incredible invention that we use in our classroom nearly every day!
Thank you for reading about using modern technology in classrooms. I hope you consider my thoughts!
Hello Bloggers! Today I am here to take you out of my virtual world and into my life! We are going to discuss the month or January, and the exhausting transitions that have happened and are about to come. We are beginning a new science unit, alongside with social studies as our projects are almost ready for presenting. We just started a new math unit today, we have a new (but still fabulous) teacher Ms. Gould, and we are nearly done with reading our class book “The False Prince” by Jennifer Nielson, (I recommend it☺) and soon this month we will be ending our Historical Fiction writing unit. Wow. That’s a lot of things ending! So, how DO I feel about this all? What did our class succeed in, and what did we flunk in? How am I handling this all?
Well, first off, we should discuss the whole teacher deal! It’s been one mess after another, but finally this class seems to be coming into place. Ms. Gould is somehow tying us back into our knot and we are beginning to feel like we are back at school. We are actually learning now! The transitions between Mrs. Ripp, Mr. Braun, and Ms. Gould have been pretty insane. But we fought through it and still managed to have some good times, I think. Like the Holiday Party. And we’ve managed to behave. (as much as 5th graders can behave!)
I am disappointed that our Social Studies unit is coming to an end because I think our projects were rather successful and it was fun to make the models. Our class put a lot of time, work, and effort into these projects and I’m sure a lot of people are ready to explore a new time period but are also disappointed to end about the Colonial Times. I’m ready to switch time periods, because the 1700-1800′s intrigue me. Slavery was quite an unfair and interesting time.
Science, I am glad that it is coming to an end. Landforms would’ve been a lot more fun if we didn’t have to have different subs teaching every time.(and let me tell you, some subs just DON’T know how to teach science.) I understood the unit well enough, but with different teachers coming and going, it was harder to focus on what we SHOULD be focusing on: The learning. So I’m glad that the unit is ending, because I felt like I didn’t learn a lot, however one plus is that this unit was more hands-on than our variables unit.
The False Prince. No one is glad that the book is coming to and end, because the book is just so darn fabulous! One, the plot is quite unique and you can never really get tired of Sage. And Mrs. Ripp and Ms. Gould read with such power and emphasis that its hard not to want to read! I suppose books do have to end. but this is one transition I am not looking forward to. What book can replace The False Prince?
Our writing unit has been topsy-turvy. Ever so difficult, but fun at the same time! I am glad for it to be over so we can experience something new but I’m learning so many new and awesome facts and learning techniques that my feelings are completely torn. The class surely does not want it to end because some have just barely started to write their story/research paper, and the deadline is creeping up, but overall this experience has really been good for all of us. The things we are working on are really new to us all and helpful!
Thanks for reading about my transitions! PLEASE comment down below what I should do next: