Kids Search engines and videos!

I bumped into a really cool search engine that is specifically for kids , to avoid any unsuitable pop-ups . both of the search engines are the same they just have different outlook other than google , but add to it colorful fonts for kids and more friendlier for them.

you have to check them out Kiddle and Kidrex.

Kiddle will be in much use as it provides images and videos search other than Kidrex that don’t.

as for videos , sometimes we can find a really good video for our kids but the suggestions for the other video are so unsuitable for their age , so you just  run and make the video a full screen and try to hide is that the solution ?

there is a really handy web tool called quietube you just follow the instructions and it will hide all the video surroundings and distractions and leave it more quieter.

Assessment is a tool or a mean ?

 

How do we assess our students? do we assess their knowledge or skills or their understandings, ..etc. which in your opinion is more important? are you with or against standardized tests? do you know how they affect the students ? and do they really assess the student level? these some of the questions that i used to think about and sometimes still reflect on.

4 years ago , i used to think that assessments are only just to know the students achievement level and  it should be done in one and only one right way and that’s all! but I was totally mistaken.

There are three types of assessments:

  1. assessments before the learning (Diagnostic assessments)
  2. assessments for learning ( Formative assessments)
  3. assessments after the learning (Summative assessments)

all of these assessments can be differentiated according to the student , put the end in mind and alter the way you want the student to reach it.

Diagnostic assessments:

Can help you know the students level either in content , their skills and capabilities.

this can be done either by self-assessments or responding to questions,…etc.

Formative assessments:

Formative assessment will help you in providing feedback feedback and information during the learning process itself , so you would have time for reflection and recap.

this could be done either through observations in classroom , taking anecdotal notes, answering questions either verbally or written , reflection journals or in-class activities,online formative as you can use different web tools for assessments like on the spot you could use Quizizz for making online fun assessments , also Quizlet is a really easy to use you could make flash cards , spellers, test and games.

you could use different tools as the formative assessment is a tool in itself to determine whether the student is on track which can be altered , it would even help you when chunking the inputs you know about the students progress and not to be surprised at the end of the theme!

Summative assessments:

Summative assessments takes place after the learning has been completed and  provides information and feedback that sums up the teaching and learning process.

everything should be set and rubrics should be developed according to a set of objectives that are reached. and these rubrics are designed to be easily used and understood.

The summative assessments can come into different forms , either it could be a group of formative s all together , a project , performance or evaluation.

. Hanna and Dettmer (2004) suggest that you should strive to develop a range of assessments strategies that match all aspects of their instructional plans. Instead of trying to differentiate between formative and summative assessments it may be more beneficial to begin planning assessment strategies to match instructional goals and objectives at the beginning of the semester and implement them throughout the entire instructional experience.

a good resource is understanding by design by Jay Mctighe it would help you a lot of setting the requirements and the objectives from the beginning.

so at the end assessments are not torture tools, they are helping tools but we have to use them effectively and efficiently to reach our mean and we can’t forget to add the fun element to it .efe169d1d0dbd84afab8421783b5730e

 

 

The other point of view

“Where did we ever get the crazy idea that in order to make children do better, first we have to make them feel worse?”(Nelson).

In my opinion, I believe that the key to classroom management is to get to know the students really well and try to understand their perspective and their point of view of looking at things that is a first and secondly to try to decode the students hidden messages that mainly not said but reflected on their actions, which sometimes is really obvious but we just get caught in trying to ignore those actions or interpret them based on how we see things only ignoring theirs.

In my classroom, I tend to break the ice with my students in making a friendly relationship with them but maintaining a kind and firm attitude at the same time which is not always easily balanced. I so believe that young children are all kindhearted they have innate in their hearts that might change when they get older and older maybe, but it’s all innate so, a good teacher knows how to get the best out of her students which of course not an easy task.

Also, In my classroom the students tends to reflect on their actions and that by practicing the “Action Cycle” which is “Choose” make a choice concerning a situation and then “Act” to carry through with these choices and finally “Reflect” and that to think about the consequences of their actions and that help them when choosing the next time but it needs a lot of consistency to maintain a steady progress with them.

I taught my students “Brain in the Palm of the hand” and how when the feelings get control especially the angry feeling it affects the way we think and make decisions, so it was really good way and logical to explain how the brain works with emotions. And they started reminding their friends when someone gets angry that his brain now is not functioning well and the emotions are taking control.

There is more than one strategy that I am willing to try in my classroom, like when dealing with something that a child cannot have, most of the time they get really angry and frustrated and it could end up really badly as sometimes they hit and saying bad words, but reaching the understanding of letting go and accepting to an extent “will help them increase their tolerance and self-control.”(Eckman) but still consistency is the golden key.

Another strategy that I will use is reflecting on what is a good choice and a bad choice, and how they can evaluate the choice and based on what evidence. I think that most of the children know the difference between what is right and wrong, it’s just a matter of self-control.

In my classroom, most of the problems unfortunately is dealing with each other in the way they talk and play. So, their social skills I guess is pretty low. I started working on that but step at a time from first expressing their feelings to their friends in a nice way using the “I message” and the power of a good word and hopefully it will be fruitful.

The strategies and skills used for developing a classroom that is cooperative and that maintains mutual respect and takes responsibility for their actions are enormous but the important thing is to know which strategy suits with which action and again consistency.

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In their shoes

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“What would it be like to be a student in your classroom? Walking in the learner’s shoes.

A Captivating article written by Kath Murdoch. that took me to different places while reading it.

The article is asking whether are your relating to your students or not? Are you showing empathy and understanding towards them? How you expect them to feel safe in the classroom without being understood?

As Kath Murdoch said and I quote “Empathy builds relationships and relationships are the key to quality teaching.”

First, what is empathy? It is simply imagining oneself in another’s situation in order to understand another person’s emotions. And if you showed empathy that means that you felt their emotions and then you tend to understand, when you understand you relate, when you relate you reflect and then you take an action. I used to have a student in my class that is always bullying his classmates even his friends he was disturbing everyone including me at first I didn’t understand him as he refuses to talk one at time he begins to respond to me I started by asking how u feel today ? if he hit someone I decided not to blame him but to say I know that probably that someone did something in order that you would hit him , he talked and explains and then at the end he was convinced that that someone didn’t mean to bother him at the beginning and he shouldn’t have hit him in the first place and he went and apologized. It wasn’t easy and it wasn’t always the same good result but, it is always worth it.

       Second , In a supported learning environment. Children and teachers share control, I believe that their    emotions  mostly guides the teacher to how it could relate to them and it’s both the teacher’s and the student’s job to help each other reflect  ,That is why I believe that empathy roots is innate but maybe they won’t show it unless they see it around them .I believe that students are mostly the mirror of their teacher if they noticed that she is tensed and nervous and always shouting they probably will be the same , so it’s the same how we respond, how we feel , how we act is simply the key to them, you want to make them show empathy , you should show it first .After the session was over  sometimes i get angry at them and I always regret it  and I feel really guilty about it  and put myself in their place maybe they were tired or bored or don’t understand  that is why they acted that way . so,I go back and admit that i was mistaken and that i shouldn’t have been mad at them  and I apologize to them and they always listen to me with an open heart and even sometimes they say that i didn’t do anything to apologize for !

 

Third , İn one of the  PYP attitudes (that means what do we want students to feel , value and demonstrate) is Empathy ,also one of the Learner’s profile is caring that is focusing on Empathy . that means it should be focused on . students were learning about  expressing themselves through stories and caring as a learner profile so they were taking “Pandarella”  they saw in the story how could you be uncaring like the step mom and example of being caring like the god mother, and putting themselves in Pandarella’s shoe what would they like ? so, as an activity they were asked to draw and write  how will they care for Pandarella if they took her home? And their answers were we will  eat with her , play with her , share with her , go to the garden with her.517hgwi0vdl-_sy344_bo1204203200_

 

Empathy should be in our daily interaction with students ,  we will understand them more and they would feel safe. Showing empathy to your students is like paying it forward. So, if it keeps on going it will affects the future of education that by it’s turn will affect everything else.

 

 

 

Thinking Routines

When inquiring into a new theme mainly, we start by finding out what the students already know and then we builds our inquires on that.So that is why a thinking routine is always the best. We can start by putting the topic in a concept map and reflect on it either individually or all class to gather to get all what we know about that topic. And then we can let them gather in groups and do together the KWHL chart, which I am fond of (what I know, what I want to know, How do I know, what did I learned).

This thinking routine is really good for kids and by time they start doing it by themselves, and even if they are too young they will observe the teacher doing it with them and when they get older they will start doing it by themselves.

The KWHL chart is mainly suitable for various inquiries and make space for more wonders.

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  • Time needed

It takes about 10 minutes for the concept map and 25-30 minutes for the KWHL.

  • Pair/group work

Concept map either individually or whole class

KWHL chart is group work

  • Materials needed

Markers and one construction paper for the concept map.

Depend on the group number we get construction paper/each.

  • Instructions/steps for the KWHL

1-before the students start doing the KWHL chart, the class setting should have been rich with resources that supported that topic in order to provoke the students to ask questions.

2-either the students would fill the “what I know about that topic “, “what I want to know about it ” and “how will I know the answers” part all together.

3- And then at the end of the unit they fill “What I learned about” part.

Or we take a step each time they fill only the I know part and days later after provocations they fill the I want to know part ,…etc.

 

 

 

Being Principled!

As one of the main learner’s profile is “Principled” which means The students act with integrity and honesty, with a strong sense of fairness, justice and respect for the dignity of the individual, groups and communities. They take responsibility for their own actions and the consequences that accompany them.

being principled should be reflected on different situations and in different contexts.

for the importance of being principled and its connection to their lives .

I started my session with asking my students what principled means to you? and we brainstormed and gathered it all on a concept map.

then, they all drew  and write how are they principled in their lives.

after they were done, we watched two videos and they had to stop the video every time they saw an act of ” being principled”. and we wrote it on the white board.

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the two videos were really touching! first one about the effect of change by doing simple things , and the second one was about a girl that stood up for someone else.

at the end , they had to write which was in their opinion the best choice of ” act of being principled ” and why.  and then connect integrate it with our theme of healthy choices , and how can you be principled in feeding your body , mind and heart.

keep-calm

 

 

Positive Discipline

Jane Nelson is the author of positive discipline for empowering parents and also for class management and a lot more.

if you are interested in her methodologies, please check her website.

positive discipline official website

you can get her books from the website I highly recommend :

1-Positive discipline main book ( for parents and teachers)

2-Positive Discipline A-Z – A 1001 Solutions to Everyday Parenting Problems (for parents and teachers)

3-Positive Discipline Classroom Package (for teachers)

also, please check positive discipline YouTube channel

Enjoy and Get the best out of it!

 

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