Monday, November 30, 2015

Resources to Start Off Your Week 88

     At the start of each week I post a list of Resources to Start Off Your Week with at least two new additions that I will add to my favourite websites page (when applicable, resources will also be added in to my Manitoba resources page). This week marks the official countdown to Christmas break! Only 3 teaching weeks (or 14 work days) until the holiday :)

1 ) Life in the Iron Age 
- Interactive animation that walks students through aspects of daily life in the iron age; including creating fire, baking bread, and spinning wool.
- Users get to search the area for artefacts, read text passages about different tools, and take quizzes about their understanding.
http://www.bbc.co.uk/history/interactive/games/ironage_life/index_embed.shtml


2 ) Google Search Tips (Infographic & Video)
- Awesome article to help students, and teachers, learn how to use Google more effectively.
- Includes information on how to phrase your search, interesting tips and tricks, shortcuts, and more! The infographic would be perfect for the computer lab or tech station of a classroom.
- Thanks to Med, at Educational Technology & Mobile Learning, for putting this post together


Have a great week!

#TRSD32 Tweet Challenge of the Week

     Ever since our division was encouraged to join Twitter at the end of September I have been trying to keep participation going by posting weekly "Tweet Challenges". This week's challenge is:


- #TRSD32 Tweet Challenge for the Week of Oct 6th 
#TRSD32 Tweet Challenge for the Week of Oct 13th
#TRSD32 Tweet Challenge for the Week of Oct 19th
#TRSD32 Tweet Challenge for the Week of Oct 26th 
#TRSD32 Tweet Challenge for the Week of Nov 2nd 
#TRSD32 Tweet Challenge for the Week of Nov 9th
#TRSD32 Tweet Challenge for the Week of Nov 16th
- #TRSD32 Tweet  Challenge for the Week of Nov 23rd 

Monday, November 23, 2015

Resources To Start Off Your Week 87

     At the start of each week I post a list of Resources to Start Off Your Week with at least two new additions that I will add to my favourite websites page (when applicable, resources will also be added in to my Manitoba resources page). This week is a very busy one for MB teachers as a large majority are sending home report cards and holding parent-teacher conferences. As such, I am only going to share a few resources today:

1 ) Social Network Checklists
- These checklists include everything you need to know about setting up an account, managing privacy, blocking/deleting people/information, how to report unwanted interactions, and more!
- Checklists can be printed out and hung as posters or handed out to students. If you are within their shipping range, you can also order hard-copies for FREE!
- Includes lists for Twitter, Snapchat, Facebook, Ask.fm, and Instagram
http://www.saferinternet.org.uk/social-network-checklists

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Twitter Checklist. (2013). Uploaded by UK Safer Internet Center. Available online at: http://www.saferinternet.org.uk/social-network-checklists

2 ) Piktochart
- Allows users to easily create eye-catching infographics for free!
- Users can select standard infographics, presentations, posters, or reports, select blank or pre-made templates, and customize with fonts, clipart, and much more!
- Does require you to create an account in order to save progress, but signing up is quick and easy.
http://piktochart.com/
* Want help getting started? Here is a list of 7 Video Tutorials to help you get the most out of this tool.

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Have a good week everyone!

#TRSD32 Tweet Challenge of the Week

     Ever since our division was encouraged to join Twitter at the end of September I have been trying to keep participation going by posting weekly "Tweet Challenges". This week's challenge is:

- #TRSD32 Tweet Challenge for the Week of Oct 6th 
#TRSD32 Tweet Challenge for the Week of Oct 13th
#TRSD32 Tweet Challenge for the Week of Oct 19th
#TRSD32 Tweet Challenge for the Week of Oct 26th 
#TRSD32 Tweet Challenge for the Week of Nov 2nd 
#TRSD32 Tweet Challenge for the Week of Nov 9th
- #TRSD32 Tweet Challenge for the Week of Nov 16th

Saturday, November 21, 2015

Blogging in the Social Studies Classroom - FREEBIE

     I have slowly been working on creating a comprehensive blogging program to implement with my high school social studies classes when I return from mat leave. Although I have blogged with my Grade 8 homeroom during the 2013-2014 and 2014-2015 school years, I feel like my implementation lacked direction and could have been done a lot better.

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I Think, Therefore I Blog. (2012). Uploaded to Flickr by MarsmettnnTallahass. Available online at: https://flic.kr/p/cHUyJN

     I decided to create a blogging program for my high school classes because:
- these students are already familiar with the program (they blogged with me in their Grade 8 year)
- I can require them to have their own email address instead of using a general class one
- I can build a cross-curricular program with the English teacher so their posts can serve more than one purpose
- they will be more comfortable, to an extent, with their writing

     In this program students will be required to blog at least once per month (for a total of 5 posts through the length of the course: 1 semester) and comment on a peer's post at least twice per month (for a total of 10 comments through the length of the course). Our blog will be hosted through Blogger and students will be added as authors, with everyone's posts appearing on the same blog. Their posts and comments will be used as summative assessment activities so, by having the program already created, my students have more direction with their blogging and I have multiple assignments already created and ready to go!

The package I created for my students includes:
- Blogging Schedule/Tracking Charts (to keep track of their progress)
- Info on:
     How to Sign up for Gmail
     How to use Blogger
     How to Reference
- Writing Prompts
- Writing Rubrics
- Commenting Rubrics
- Tutorials
- Parent Consent Form

     Since I have been blogging personally since 2012, and with students since 2013, I have seen the amazing benefits that blogging can bring. Students are able to:
- Share their learning with an authentic audience
- Catch up on lessons that were missed due to absence
- Review lessons to get a better understanding
- Connect with other classrooms around the world
- Integrate multimedia of all descriptions
- Practice responsible digital citizenship
- Receive feedback on their work
This is why I decided to share the blogging program that I created through my TpT Store for FREE! I hope that more teachers are able to use it and adapt it to their classrooms so that their students can begin blogging too!

You can head over to the Teaching in a Fishbowl TpT Store to 
download this program (25 pages of info) for FREE
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Happy Blogging!

Friday, November 20, 2015

Teaching in a Fishbowl TpT Store

     I've decided to try something new by creating my own Teachers Pay Teachers (TpT) store. If you are unfamiliar with TpT, here is an exert from their website:

Teachers Pay Teachers (or TpT, as we call it) is a community of millions of educators who come together to share their work, their insights, and their inspiration with one another. We are the first and largest open marketplace where teachers share, sell, and buy original educational resources. That means immediate access to a world of expertise and more time to focus on students and teaching.

     I thought that since I had some more time due to being at home at mat leave, and since I already have hundreds of things already created for my own classroom, that this might be an easy way to share some of my ideas with others and maybe make some money too!

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You can check out the Teaching in a Fishbowl TpT store at:

Monday, November 16, 2015

Resources To Start Off Your Week 86

     At the start of each week I post a list of Resources to Start Off Your Week with at least two new additions that I will add to my favourite websites page (when applicable, resources will also be added in to my Manitoba resources page). 

     I've been spending a lot of time in the past 2 weeks developing a blogging program for my students for next year (I posted briefly about it before). In this planning I've been creating different blogging prompts to provide direction for my students; one of which included creating a fake social media post from the perspective of a historical figure. 

     I like the idea of students creating social media posts because it requires them to acquire a historical perspective and put themselves in another person's shoes. You can use this idea easily in both the Social Studies and English classroom:

- character profiles
- historical figure profiles
- show relationships between different characters/people
- show responses to events
- you could use these as part of a larger assignment or simply have it as an exit/entrance slip to demonstrate understanding of a smaller concept

1 ) Fake Twitter Post
http://simitator.com/generator/twitter/tweet

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2 ) Fake Facebook Post
http://simitator.com/generator/facebook/status
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3 ) Fake Snapchat Post
- http://snapsr.com/

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4 ) Fake iPhone Message Post
http://www.ios7text.com/ 

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I'm still looking for a good place to create fake Instagram posts. If you know of one please let me know!

Have a good week

#TRSD32 Tweet Challenge of the Week

     Ever since our division was encouraged to join Twitter at the end of September I have been trying to keep participation going by posting weekly "Tweet Challenges". This week's challenge is:

- #TRSD32 Tweet Challenge for the Week of Oct 6th 
#TRSD32 Tweet Challenge for the Week of Oct 13th
#TRSD32 Tweet Challenge for the Week of Oct 19th
#TRSD32 Tweet Challenge for the Week of Oct 26th 
#TRSD32 Tweet Challenge for the Week of Nov 2nd 
- #TRSD32 Tweet Challenge for the Week of Nov 9th

Monday, November 09, 2015

Resources To Start Off Your Week 85: Remembrance Day

     At the start of each week I post a list of Resources to Start Off Your Week with at least two new additions that I will add to my favourite websites page (when applicable, resources will also be added in to my Manitoba resources page). This week we stop to formally honour the servicemen and women who have given themselves to defending our country and those in need of protection. There is no school held on Remembrance Day but schools hold their own services and incorporate activities to learn more about the significance behind this day. Here are some resources to help your students learn about Remembrance Day in your classroom:

1 ) Remember Them: Veterans Affairs Canada
- The official hub of Veterans Affairs Canada (V.A.C); a one-stop shop of everything you need to learn more about Canada's veterans
- Includes V.A.C's Twitter feed, videos, information about memorial sites, information about Canada's military history, and lots of resources for educators
http://www.veterans.gc.ca/eng/remembrance 

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2 ) Resources for Educators: Veterans Affairs Canada
- The Educator's page of Veterans Affairs Canada
- Includes lesson plans, fact sheets, informational documents, videos, and official Remembrance Day tool-kits for classrooms and schools
- This page has everything you need to plan Remembrance Day activities for your classroom and you can be comforted knowing that they are created and approved by V.A.C
http://www.veterans.gc.ca/eng/remembrance/information-for/educators

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3 ) Canadian War Museum Remembrance Day Page
- The Canadian War Museum's dedicated Remembrance Day page includes general information about the day as well as readings, images, videos, and Remembrance Day tool-kits 
http://www.warmuseum.ca/cwm/exhibitions/remember/remembranceday_e.shtml 

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4 ) Reading & Remembrance Project
- This PDF includes 11 activities that allow easy incorporation of Remembrance Day into E.L.A classes
- The activities include a short summary and a link to a full lesson plan with resources
- Activities are organized by age-level
http://www.readingandremembrance.ca/forms/2005/ActivitiesForRemembranceDay.pdf

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5 ) Veterans Affairs Canada: YouTube Channel
- The official YouTube Channel for Veterans Affairs Canada
- Includes short vignettes regarding Remembrance Day, interviews with servicemen and women regarding military services and life, and news relating to the military and veterans
- Could be used to learn more about Remembrance Day and a good source of primary sources regarding Canada's military experiences
https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC3sc1ur4ApB5cjn9ADLvkSg


Enjoy Your Week!
Make sure you take the time this week to stop and honour those who serve.

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We Shall Not Forget. (2014). Uploaded by Dr. George Hall Public School.
Available online at: http://dgh.tldsb.on.ca/2014/11/09/dgh-recognizes-remembrance-day/

#TRSD32 Tweet Challenge of the Week

     Ever since our division was encouraged to join Twitter at the end of September I have been trying to keep participation going by posting weekly "Tweet Challenges". This week's challenge is:
- #TRSD32 Tweet Challenge for the Week of Oct 6th 
#TRSD32 Tweet Challenge for the Week of Oct 13th
#TRSD32 Tweet Challenge for the Week of Oct 19th
#TRSD32 Tweet Challenge for the Week of Oct 26th 
- #TRSD32 Tweet Challenge for the Week of Nov 2nd 

Wednesday, November 04, 2015

The Role of the Mentor - Reflective Blogging Part 6

  This post is part of the Reflective Teaching Blogging Challenghosted by Terry at Te@ch Thought. While the original challenge is a year-old already I thought it would be the perfect thing to keep me on track over the next little while.

DAY 6 - Explain: What does a good mentor do?

     I'm glad that this question was included as part of the challenge because I often say that I am trying to create a classroom that sees "teacher as mentor" as opposed to "teacher as expert"... but what does that really mean? To me, a good mentor is someone who:

- is encouraging and supportive of their mentee(s)

- helps the mentee feel safe enough to take risks

- maintains a positive attitude

- is knowledgeable in their field

- listens to their mentee(s)

- is willing to learn and develop alongside their mentee(s) 

- is enthusiastic/passionate about their field

- can provide specific and effective feedback to help the mentee's development

- is flexible in their approach

- recognizes and values differences in opinions 

- encourages forward development

Here is a short video about mentoring that I enjoyed.
Be a Mentor. (2012). Uploaded to YouTube by Morph Digital Solutions. Available online at: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bFIFvXQ4Cfo

What would you add to this list?

Monday, November 02, 2015

Resources To Start Off Your Week 84 - Music Options!

     At the start of each week I post a list of Resources to Start Off Your Week with at least two new additions that I will add to my favourite websites page (when applicable, resources will also be added in to my Manitoba resources page).

1 ) Ancient History Paradies by Mr. Nicky
- A collection of 5 music videos that use popular (Top 40) music paradies to help students learn and remember information about ancient history
- Topics include Greece, Rome, China, Egypt, and Mesopotamia
- Perfect for the Manitoba Grade 8 Social Studies curriculum!
*Similar idea to the Mr. Parr music videos for science
https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PL6FB2247735A870B6 


2 ) Jukedeck
- Royalty-free music tracks that can be downloaded and used for classroom presentations without having to worry about copyright infringement
- Users can select what genre of music they need and the length of track they require and a personalized track is created for them!
- Perfect tool to teach students how to create multi-media presentations without illegally downloading/using copyrighted music
*Users do need to request an early access use while it is in beta but I received my access on the same day



Enjoy Your Week!



#TRSD32 Tweet Challenge of the Week

     Ever since our division was encouraged to join Twitter at the end of September I have been trying to keep participation going by posting weekly "Tweet Challenges". This week's challenge is:

Check out our previous weekly challenges as well:
- #TRSD32 Tweet Challenge for the Week of Oct 6th 
#TRSD32 Tweet Challenge for the Week of Oct 13th
- #TRSD32 Tweet Challenge for the Week of Oct 19th
- #TRSD32 Tweet Challenge for the Week of Oct 26th