Sunday, November 30, 2014

C4T Summary

Dean Shareski,

"When Data and Numbers Ruin the Game"

Dean Shareski explain in the post how people thinks about the data and total number of points of game more then having fun. He also states that sports in general has become data obsessed.

My comment:

In my comment I stated that I agreed with his post and that it's a lot of people that worry about how many points they score then having fun. 

Edna Sackson

"Planning For an Inquiry into Digital Citizenship"

Edna explains in this post about how teachers should have their lessons modern and making sure the students aren't taught the ways their parents were. She explains that it's important for students to be able to do what they know.

My Comment:

In my comment I told her that I agree that students should be taught differently then their parents were. Also I told her that future educators should read this post.

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Blog Post 5 Part B


Throughout my experience in EDM 310 my Personal Learning Network has gained. Starting off, I only networked with my current instructors and family. Now I'm networking with many other teachers around the world through blogs and also through family. The new people that I've encounter have helped me tremendously throughout this process. I know my PLN list will only get longer the more I get involved with putting myself out there to meet people.

Sunday, November 23, 2014


"Brennan M's Blog"

In Brennan post, she talked about her favorite character from Pokemon which is Red. She also uploaded a video about the character.

My Comment:

I explained to Brennan how I used to love Pokemon. I also told her to keep up the good work in school and that her post was great.

"Sean M's Blog"

In Sean blog post he gave a sneak peek about "Dead Yet Alive". He also gave a descriptive summary of it.

My Comment:

I told Sean that his post was very descriptive and asked if it was from a story he read.


Blog Post #14

List of  Problems

  •  Unqualified Teacher recommendation more programs to educate teachers 
  • Seniority Distraction  recommendation promote on efficiency rather then seniority
I agree with Albert Shanker unqualified teachers is a problem in the United States. I think he nailed it on the head when he stated that we need to hold our educators to the high standards that we set for professions such as a doctor or lawyer. If America had more programs to educate and prepare  teachers before becoming full-time educators, they are able to prepare students for life. Also, if America had these programs there will be fewer than "23 states boast a single program that provides solid math preparation  resembling the practices of high-performing nations."

The Seniority distraction has plagued our education system long enough. I think seniority obligation is a problem. As Mr. Albert Shanker point out, if there were lay-offs the decision to let go of a teacher will not be based on their effectiveness to expand the mind of their students to become critical thinkers. I also think that seniority is a distraction because just as in college some educators become lackadaisical once they reach tenure because they have job security. If we have a system that rewards are educators for effectiveness, I think America can become #1 again in math and science.

In Conclusion:

Having a educator that are prepared to teach children is important. Teachers mold children into becoming leaders and help them grow. It's important for an educator to be able to understand a child mind and uplift them in a time of need.



"NCTQ Teacher Prep"

Sunday, November 16, 2014

Blog Post 13

What Did I Leave Out? 


What are some advices and tips that future educators can use to become successful in their career?

Go through the sites and videos that I've provided for you and talk about some of the advices and tips that you will use and how it will help in your blog post.

Sites & Videos:

 "Student Teaching Tips & Advice"

"How To Be An Excellent Teacher"

"What Makes Great Teachers"

Also in your post explain new advices and tips that you will give educators to use for there classroom.

In the "Student Teaching Tips & Advice" site it gives many advices and tips to become a great educator. Teachers should be original and unique. Students will get tired of learning the same way and also doing the same old activities. Teachers needs to also know how to have fun when giving their lessons. If a teacher is not excited about teaching, why should a child be excited about learning. It's important to think about what the students in your class likes and how you will include it in your daily activities.

In "How To Be An Excellent Teacher" video she also explains ways to be an excellent teacher. Some of the advices she gives are:
                                          (1). Be Relaxed
                                          (2). Set Goals
                                          (3). Creative
                                          (4). Demonstrate Empathy

In " What Makes Great Teachers" video, a news reporter show what goes on in elementary classrooms and how teachers get their students motivated. The teachers go over their lessons by using real-life experiences and they also teach the students in a way that's fun.

Project 12 Part B

Sunday, November 9, 2014

Project 10 Interview Movie

Ms. Young
2nd Grade Teacher
Brantley Elementary School

C4T # 3

Ben Jones
Reflections on Teaching and Learning Through Technology

"Bring Your Own Ideas"

In this post, Ben talks about students bringing their own technology/device to school. This was just an idea that he got from someone and he decided to give it a chance in his class. The students will use the device that he ask to bring to class in there lessons.

My Comment:

I like the topic about, "BYOD/T". I never thought about this idea even, but their are some pros and cons to both. The links that you provided had valid points. Students will not be equal in ways, depending on their circumstances. It's a great idea but with many disadvantages.

In this post, Ben talks about how teachers and other professionals can link together to help each other. Teachers doesn't always have the right answer with dealing students and improving their outcomes.

My Comment:

My name is Porscha Sellers and I'm a student at the University of South Alabama. I think everyone can help each other in becoming a better learner and educator. The main focus is about the students gaining the educational foundation they need. It's important that we all grow and have a great outcome. 

"Anyone Can Lead From Negative"

In this post, Ben talks about the strategies that people can use to be more positive. He gives examples of leading from both negative and positive.

My Comment:

My name is Porscha Sellers and I attend the University of South Alabama. I think this blog post is much needed. A lot of people are so negative and most don't know how to have a positive mindset. Very useful information!!

Blog Post # 12

Sunday, November 2, 2014

Project # 14 Lesson Plan # 2

Johnny Appleseed Project

Blog Post 11

What Can We Learn About Teaching and Learning From These Teachers?

Throughout the videos that have been provided, their is much information to learn from these educators. 

"Back To The Future", is a video that educator Brian Crosby talks about what goes on in his class and how he teaches differently from the past. Crosby, gives many great examples of project based learning. He doesn't believe his students should be limited. This goes on to the story about one of his students having leukemia. Many of the administrators explained to him about how the little girl gets very ill when she comes to school due to her weak immune system and she will be unattended majority of the time. Mr. Crosby knew that it was another way to solve the problem and to not let the little girl be left out from class participation. His idea was to Skype the student daily during class time to get her involved, the idea was a success and the student was motivated. He talked about not having students be raced through school but to give them the opportunity. The student's in his class also blog and write stories daily, which builds their writing skills. It's so much that educators/future educators can learn from Mr. Crosby because he strongly believes in honoring the students and making sure they learn.

In the "Blended Learning Cycle" video, Paul Anderson talks about what Blended Learning Cycle is about and how he use it towards science projects. Moving forward, Blended Learning Cycle is taking the compelling parts of online, mobile, and classroom learning; blended together in the classroom. The learning cycle consists of the "5 E's", which are Engage, Expand, Evaluate, Explore and Explain. He also talks about the six parts to Mind Blended Learning steps , which are Question, Investigate/Inquiry, Video, Elaboration, Review and Summary/Quiz. Paul way of teaching is to get his students to think and to reflect and interpret what they have learned, which is a great way to see if the student is successful with the lesson.

"Making Thinking Visible"

In this video, Mark Church make the students think and elaborate on what they have learned. The students watched a video about early human beginnings, which is the topic they are to talk about. The students are split into small groups and they are asked to write a headline about what they've learned. After the headlines are completed they are to present them and it will be hung around the classroom. This gives the students the opportunity to work in groups and to also be creative.

"Super Digital Citizen"

Sam Pane, a 5th grade teacher talks about how to be "A Good Digital Citizen". "A Good Digital Citizen", is when a person research materials safely on the web. First off, he gets his students motivated by telling them a quote from spider man; which is "With great power comes great responsibility". He explained to them that they are responsible for researching through the web safely. He came up with a project, which the students had to create a superhero that showed ways of not being "A Good Digital Citizen". The students were then asked to do a Gallery Walk, which they walk around each student project to see their ideas. This also gives them more ideas on being safe on the web as well. Sam also talks about how he likes when a project is more about the students because it makes it more meaningful to them. It was also neat that each student had their on individual MacBook. Sam teaching makes the students more intrigued and creative. He makes the students think on their own without limiting them.

"Project Based Learning"
In this video it talks about 3 teachers blending History and English together using Project Based Learning. This gives a way for the students to have deeper understanding and to be more engaged. By doing this the teachers were able to make the classes longer, which helps the teachers teach more materials and to make sure the students review and understand each project/assignment they are given. The extended time also gives the opportunity to blend ideas, get deeper into learning, and the teachers to give quality feedback to the students. Students are able to make their projects better and have a longer time to go deeper into the project to bring out more ideas. The students are also able to learn more then just their curriculum, they are able to learn about life lessons and understanding about what goes on in their country. I like the ideas that each teacher gives, which will help students to not rush assignments/projects that they are given. It makes them see it more meaningful and relatable.

"Roosevelt Elementary"

In this video it talks about how the teachers of Roosevelt Elementary blend Project Based Learning with their curriculum. Many of the teachers and parents liked that the students are able to learn how to work in groups, which can build their social skills that they will need throughout life. The students are willing and excited to learn because their lessons are more relatable to real life experiences. It's also great that the community and parents are all involved in the growth of the students. I like Project Based Learning because it helps the students to make their lesson more meaningful to them and they are able to be creative.