Wednesday, September 7, 2016

Unlocking a Child's Potential

I saw this video for the first time today- you must DEFINITELY watch!  What can you do- whatever your role may be- at a school site to unlock a child's potential?  How would you want your child's interactions with others at school to look like?  Powerful video with a powerful message!

Sunday, August 28, 2016

Unit 5 Final Project- Assessment

Assessment can create both positive and negative feeling in teachers.  When I think of the standardized state tests given once a year, negative thoughts start to put up.  “How can one test determine a student’s proficiency?”  However, when I think about teaching in my own classroom I enjoy the assessments I create and use as they give me valuable information about my student’s knowledge and helps me determine where I need to focus on next to help all students progress.  When I speak of assessments in this sense, it takes many forms: exit slips, observations, games, and conversations.

Rick Wormeli’s powerful statement in the TedEx video summed it all up nicely: “Teaching and learning boils down to that formative assessment.”  It’s hard to get past thinking of assessment as the one shot, final measure of a student’s knowledge.  Spelling tests, chapter/unit tests, state tests, etc. are not the only form of assessment.  While they still have their place in today’s world, they provide an autopsy of learning rather than a checkup.

Assessment can take place in a multitude of ways.  Formative assessment allows teachers, as Rick Wormeli also stated, to find out where students are, how far away they are from their goal, and what needs to be done to reach that goal.  I think of formative assessment as a constant check-up with students.  Whether it be through conversation, use of technology, quick exit slips, etc., all the information helps me (and teachers) to guide what happens next in the classroom.  Changing our thinking about assessments- what they are and how we use them- will change how we teach and how our students can show their learning.

Who is Christi Bangsund?

My Visual Resume
How can a visual convey meaning about a person?

Made with Canva

Sunday, August 14, 2016

Unit 6 Final Project- Learning Spaces

Final Reflection: How is space the third teacher?

The third teacher speaks volumes in a classroom.  I created this visual to show just what the third teacher should be telling students and teachers who enter a space!

Is your space teaching what you want it to teach?

Sunday, July 31, 2016

Unit 4 Final Project- Visual Literacy

How does Visual Literacy fit in with Global Collaboration, Project Based Learning and Flipped Learning?
Visual Literacy plays a huge role in 21st century learning. It is a hugely important skill that both students and adults need to learn. Here is my response to the prompt, "Why is being visually literate important for your students?" from the beginning of this unit with connections to Global Collaboration, PBL, and Flipped Learning:
Our world is becoming more and more image focused- emojis, Snapchat, Instagram are all visual ways in which we communicate with each other.  Our kids and students are growing up in this world of quickly sending and receiving images to convey and interpret meaning (Global Collaboration).  Many of them are not privy to handwriting letters or taking pictures with 35mm film.  As Brian Kennedy of the Hood Museum stated, “Everything is an image.”

Thus, Visual Literacy is important for our us and our students.  The Common Core Standards stress the importance of literacy in a variety of modes; we want students (and teachers, alike) to critically think about what they see, hear, and read.  With Photoshop (which I adore) and other photo editing software it is easy to alter images to our own preference and convey a meaning that may be different from the original picture.

Our students need to comprehend not only the content of images, but also accuracy of them.  Rob Legato’s Ted Talk hit this perfectly.  When watching Apollo 13 or Titanic, is important to question and understand that everything being seen may not be authentic experiences.  After all, they didn’t resurrect the Titanic to make the movie.  This can bring about curiosity in ourselves and our students to wonder “how did they do that?” (Problem Based Learning- using a guiding question to solve a problem.)

Analyzing images means looking beyond the initial view and going deeper; this is reading.  Reading of text or reading of images.  When we read a text we may know the main idea or theme, but have to use details within the pages to support other underlying themes.  Beginning readers are all about visual- they read the pictures before text and eventually use, and are encouraged to use, pictures to identify unknown words when reading.  Listen to any emerging reader and they will read a book entirely by looking at the pictures.  Images are everything to them.  It is important that we all (students and teachers alike) are visually literate to interpret, question, and comprehend the world around us. (Flipped Learning- using and initially interpreting an image before a lesson or having students look for an image that meets the objective.)

I love Brian Kennedy's quote- "Everything is an image."  It's not something that we can teach if we have time, it's a crucial element of 21 century learning.  The conversations, questions, critical thinking skills, and ideas that will be heard and shared in classrooms (and among teachers in professional development settings) will greatly enhance any classroom.  Combine Visual Literacy with the Common Core Standards, multi-discipline topics, and technology and you will create a classroom of excited and passionate students/teachers who can analyze, synthesize, and conceptualize topics deeply and thoughtfully.

That's the kind of classroom I want to teach and the classroom I want my kids to be a part of!

My Final Project- Google Certified Educator Level 1 Infographic

Video Explanation


Sunday, July 17, 2016

Unit 3 Final Project: Flipped Learning

Final Reflection: What impact does Flipped Learning have on your classroom? How can Flipped Learning empower you as a teacher?

Being able to flip the learning that happens with teachers really excites me!  I provide a lot of 1-hour after school professional development session in my district and I want teachers to walk away with something they can immediately use the next day in class.  However, 1 hour is not a long time!  I feel that most of the time we have together is spent with the 'basics' or the 'how-tos' of content- especially when it comes to technology.  Being able to use the technology is one thing, but being able to apply and integrate it into instruction is where the real magic happens!

There are so, so many online tutorial videos for software and websites that making teachers come together to view them seems wasteful.  If the teachers could view and learn the information (short bits of information would be best) before meeting face to face that would drastically change the culture and content of the pd sessions.  Time could be spent discussing implications for the website or software in the classroom and working out the little kinks of operating the software along the way.

Having teachers view and interact with "how-tp" content would empower them the next time they want to learn how a site works.  After experiencing several flipped pd sessions, they would be able to see the power of the flipped environment and how they might use that within their classrooms.  Discussions would be richer, ideas would flow, and I know teachers would walk away from each pd session with a lesson or idea to implement the next day!

Flipped Learning Matrix

Flipped Learning- QR Code Session

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