Saturday, January 23, 2010

Constructive Feedback is always inspirational

Well, week 2 is practically over and I must say it was quite interesting. I enjoyed giveing constructive feedback to Room 4's Blog. I never new how much you can do for a person by simply giveing the some positive reinforcement. We should never be too busy to give someone a little positive reasurrance.

Here are the links to my comments for K-12 Student Blog Post:
Comment to Room 4’s Blog “Skipping For The Heart Foundation"

Comment to Room 4’s Blog “Planting Day”

Monday, January 18, 2010

Blogging?...Like it or love it

In the video “We Like Our Blogging Buddies: The Write Stuff with Blogging Mentors” children express both their likes and dislikes of the use of blogging in their classroom. The system is set up similar to a pin pal relationship only there is a younger child who acts as the blogger and a pre service teacher who acts as the blogger mentor.

I realized that children using blogs can benefit in various ways. The most important thing that I took from this video is the fact that the students using blogs will not only improve there computer / technology skills but, they will also improve their language / writing skills. When it comes to having a mentor it will make it a little more exciting for the students when they are able to sit at a computer and read and then respond to what those mentors are writing them.

Growing up when I was in school, hearing a teacher always nagging or giving criticizing would make me draw back a little. Some times it the way or even the person giving the criticism that would cause me to have a positive or negative reaction. So the idea of having someone besides a teacher telling me what I’m doing wrong (time and time again) would have been much more appealing to me. Kids using this blogging buddy system have a great advantage. I believe that the students will respond differently to someone that is a classmate, or just someone around the same age.

Wednesday, January 13, 2010

Cameron's video

To view the video that I'm discussing in this blog you can clike on the following link.

Question #1: What is your most significant "takeaway" or learning point from the video? Why? Elaborate in detail.
Answer #1: What I took from this video is that there are times when students can teach the teachers a few things or two. That it's okay to allow students to teach the class. The reason being is that each student is our future and they will all have something different to offer.
Question #2: How does this video / the ideas of this video relate or connect with your own experiences from your life. Elaborate.
Answer #2: When it comes to technology it is always changing and I find it important to continuously keep myself current. Just like Cameron, the young boy, in the film he has his hands in every piece of technology. Technology is constantly drawing him in. Now I might now be as technology savvy as Cameron is but I know that it's a necessity if I want to keep up with the flow things.

Question #3: What are some of the implications of this video / the ideas of this video for your own teaching practice and pedagogic creed as a educator?
Answer #3: I believe that this video was implying that technology is a major component in our ever changing society and it's something that we should all enjoy familiarizing ourselves with. Also that it's absolutly nothing wrong with allow students teach the class, because they might be able to offer the class something that the teacher wasn't able to offer and it will also keep them excited about learning.

Who Am I?

My name is Felisha Seward, and I am a disabled Army Veteran and a single mother of a two year old little girl. My daughter's name is Saniya Chanel London Seward. I served in the reserve from 2000 to 2001 and then I went active duty in 2001 and I deployed to Iraq in 2003 with 3rd Infantry Division out of Ft Stewart, GA for 6 months. Then I received a Honorable Medical discharge in 2005. I completed my Associates degree at Oklahoma City Community college and this is my semester at the University of Central Oklahoma. I want to become a teacher because I love kids. I know that kids are the new tomorrow and by teaching them just maybe I can play a vital role in shaping tomorrow. I would like to teach in a public school setting or for this program the the DODEA (Department of Defense Education Activity). I would love to teach 3rd or 4th grade and eventually go on to get my masters in Literature or administration.