New Apps and Websites For Your Child

Hey guys!

I hope you are all having a wonderful day. If you aren’t, why don’t you try out some fun games. Yes, the title says they are meant for your child but adults can have fun too!

Recently for a class I am taking I had to visit two websites and two apps. By visit I mean play the games, look up information and review how good the app actually is. All the work is done for you. Below I will provide links to each website and underneath that I will leave a link to the actual review!

Android app: Learn to Read with Tommy Turtle

Apple app: Maily

Website 1: PBSKids

Website 2: ABCYa

Click here to view my reviews on two websites, one Apple app and one Android app.

I hope this helps those of you looking to help your children learn and play all at the same time. That goes for you too, teachers!

Thanks for stopping by.

-Haley

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What is Netiquette?

Hey guys!

Todays post is going to be a little more informational than usual, but I recently discovered this new outlet to create projects on. Padlet.com is a great place to create interactive and informational projects that display different ideas.

As you can see below there are videos, notes and pictures that you can view. You also have the ability to be able to move your curser up/down or right/left.

I will definitely be using this program throughout my teaching career for both personal and classroom use. I may even include this in a lesson plan to allow my students to create their own informational board.

Below, you can see my quick explanation of the project and the actual padlet which is embedded into this post.


Working with my partner, Dariel Santana, we created a Padlet that discusses the topic of Netiquette, which is online etiquette and legal issues. This project contains different information, examples, videos and pictures of Netiquette and different legal issues. There are also two lesson plans provided in this Padlet that can be used in the classroom. 

Check out our Padlet below!

Made with Padlet

Really and truly create one. You won’t regret it. It is an irreplaceable resource.

-Haley

Draw a Picture…

Here is another activity that I did in my Elementary Education club at my college! We were asked to pick a piece of paper. Then we had to draw a picture of ourselves and put 5 little circles or clouds around the picture we drew. We were then told to write 5 things we like about ourselves inside the 5 circles or bubbles.

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I filled mine out, and then I looked around at the other people in the room. Some people looked like they felt really uncomfortable. But then there were others that seemed perfectly fine with the idea.

I never thought that this activity could get such different reactions from people.

Afterwards we debriefed.

We were described the significance of this activity. People who struggled with the activity are more likely to have lower self-esteem. People who found this activity easy, are more likely to have higher self-esteem. But of course there are exceptions to the rule.

It is so important as teachers to have high self-esteem or to portray high self-esteem. Your students will be looking up at  you for a significant amount of time each day. If you are an upbeat and happy teacher, your students will feel much more comfortable, safe and happy in your room. If you have or if you portray lower self-esteem, that could also rub off on your students. When your students leave your classroom, they will often feel whatever “vibe” you were giving off during the class.

Students who have higher self-esteem often do better in school and have less trouble socializing. Self-esteem can often lead to increased success.

You could also do this activity with your students and express the importance of self-love. Expressing that you are a good person to talk to if they have trouble filling in any of those circles can help create a window of opportunity to talk to your students. I know that when I become a teacher, I want my students to feel happy and safe in my classroom. Every student matters and I want them to feel that too.

What do you think is the importance of self esteem in the classroom?

-inspireafeeling

What is your favorite part about teaching?

In my Elementary Education club at my college, we sometimes do different activities to help us think critically about different situations in the world and in the world of teaching.

This activity happened to be for our club’s bulletin board that we have in the education building. However, I took a lot more from this activity than just to decorate the bulletin board.

We were asked to write what our favorite part about teaching was, in the middle of the hand we traced and cut out. My response was “the difference you can make.”

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In my life, I have always wanted to make a difference for someone. So many people in my life have been completely and utterly inspiring to me. I can’t imagine not having these different people in my current life or to have passed through my life. That’s one reason why I want to make a difference, especially to my students, and be there for the students or the people who may not have been as lucky to have multiple people come into their life and change it.

This may be a simple activity that makes you think about why you want to be a teacher and what your goals are, but it can be so much more than that.

If your aspiring to be or are currently a teacher, what is your favorite part? If you’re not teacher, what is your favorite part about life in general? What do you want to pull from it?

-inspireafeeling

The New Year 2016

Happy 2️⃣0️⃣1️⃣6️⃣ 💫 a fresh start to do better, be better, try harder, & work towards our goals! …and a fresh dose of grace when we fall short. New Years Resolutions can be exciting & motivating! but also sometimes daunting. We start off in a sprint & we are READY TO WIN!!!! but….then you trip. You miss a day at the gym, you didn’t read your devotional, you eat what you said you weren’t going to eat, and the discouragement hits you fast and hard. This year does not have to be one of failures. Learn to accept your mistakes this year. Learn to embrace them and thank them and rejoice in them! In our weaknesses we are made strong. When you get up again and again, fall after fall – character is built. You learn to treat yourself with compassion, forgiveness, mercy, and grace. So this year as you endeavor to climb mountains, don’t forget to appreciate the bumps along the way because you wouldn’t get to the top without them.

-breelovesbeauty(Youtube)

My resolutions:

  • get a short story or poem published
  • inspire more people using my blog
  • start writing a book
  • get photos printed and organized
  • take 8,000 photos on my camera
  • hike at least half the peaks of a mountain range in my area
  • get a position in a club at school
  • get a writing and an art piece published in the art magazine at my college
  • improve my photography abilities and expand my knowledge on using my camera
  • volunteer more at elementary schools

In years past I have made resolutions but haven’t achieved or kept up with any of them. This year I did a few things to change that. I picked realistic and fun goals. My resolutions are ones I know I can complete but a conscious effort still needs to be made. I didn’t include fitness or mentality improvement as a resolution. I feel that by completing the goals I have already set that a better mentality and a higher fitness level will follow.

I am so excited for the New Year and for what is to come. So many things have happened this past year, good and bad. I’m sure this year will be an even better ride! To help you guys keep up with your resolutions I will be posting on Saturdays with posts that are based on a journal I bought. It is intended to keep you inspired and to remind you of what really matters. I hope you like them! I wish you the best of luck in 2016!

 

 

 

November 5: What are you thankful for?

Today I am thankful for the teachers I’ve had that have inspired me to do something I love.

Everyone has had that one teacher that inspires them to try something or that got you to where you are today. I have had multiple teachers like that.

My first grade teacher is one of the main reasons that I am currently going to school for Elementary Education. A few years ago, I ran into her at a craft fair. She came up from behind me and put her hand on my shoulder and said “I remember you, how could I forget?.” This totally shocked me. She has had hundreds of students. Yet, somehow she remembered me. I didn’t go and visit, after first grade, from what I recall. I still go through everything in my mind to try and figure out what stood out to her. I remembered her prior to this encounter but this cemented the idea that she was a great teacher. That was one of the moments where I knew I should be a teacher.

In high school I had this teacher for only a year, but still had interaction with him through clubs. He always volunteers his time, takes the time to get to know his students, would do anything for his students and still plays a huge role in his family life. I took his AP Psychology class. I loved this class and how real it was. One rule he had was that anything personal that was shared in the classroom, stays in the classroom. He made his classroom an environment that everyone felt comfortable in, and intern made everyone comfortable with each other. This teacher knew a lot about his students, the good and the bad, but he still accepted each and every person for who they were. He would genuinely compliment everyone and found something he though was unique about each of us. He really helped me to always find the positive in the world and in myself.

I had another teacher all throughout high school. She is who inspired me to pursue art. I may be going for Elementary Education, but I still plan to pursue art in some way (even if that turns into being an art teacher, but I haven’t quite figured that out yet). She put so much into her work. She used her own paychecks to buy supplies that my school wouldn’t because of the allotted budget, she would push to get whatever we needed to get approved through the school, she would take us on trips and when we did go on trips she would even treat us to dinner. Her room was almost like a refuge for some students. She was so understanding if someone was having a bad day, and she would let people come in her room even during a class as long as they weren’t disruptive. One thing that made me as art-oriented and as creative as I am today is that if someone wanted to try something new that wasn’t related to the current topic of study, she would let them express themselves as long as they payed attention to the lessons. This really helped me to work out problems I had or to learn more about myself through experimentation in art. She is one of the most genuinely kind hearted and hard working people I have ever met. Even though I may not be an art teacher in the future, she still makes me want to be as good as a teacher as she was.

Currently in college I have two teachers that I see beginning to have a similar effect on me.  One is a teacher for one of my major-based classes and the other is my art teacher.

I absolutely love my education teacher. Before class starts he has his headphones in listening and singing to the music (which just so you know, I can hear the music playing from his headphones and I sit in the back row). He always cracks jokes and is so passionate about what he’s talking about. You can tell that he loved being an elementary teacher, in addition to the other things he has accomplished in his life. Plus, when we hand in papers he grades them on the grammar not on content. He believes your teaching philosophies are yours and he has no right to judge them. I think that is a huge thing coming from a teacher, he lets you have your own beliefs based on all the options he gives us. I find that important to learning.

My art teacher on the other hand, I wasn’t a fan of at first. He always wanted us to create our pieces his way. The next day he’d want you to experiment, but don’t stray to far from the directions. It was so hard to figure out what he wanted. However, now I remember that at the beginning of the year he said “I am not a teacher, I am a professional in my field who is showing you how I do things. That is why I was hired.” When I remembered this, I saw everything in a whole new light. Because he is not a certified teacher, he spits out any information he can on the topic to try to give us ideas and help to improve our skills. This is sometimes lost within all the different tips and tricks. Lately, I have been creating pieces that I am proud of and never would have created if he hadn’t “forced” me to try it his way.

These two college professors have very different philosophies. One is to each his own, and the other is to do it his way or the highway. Neither is bad, you just have to see why something is presented in that way. I will definitely have to remember this in the future when meeting people, student observing and anything other situation where I’m not sure where a person is coming from.

I am thankful for these teachers and everything they have done (these are to name a few). Whether they meant to or not, they impacted me. Whether it is art related, teaching related or a random idea, they changed the course of how I think and what I’d like to accomplish in my life. I am so thankful for that.

What are you thankful for?

Kids.

Today I volunteered at an elementary school. I do this every once in a while through a program at my school. I absolutely love going. If you’re ever needing some time out of your dorm room, go volunteer at an elementary school. You may end up running, climbing on playground equipment, playing tag, playing zombie tag(yes there is a difference), hiding things and then finding them, and learning the general rules of the play ground.It is so much fun.

I cannot wait to be a teacher. Teaching elementary kids is going to be one of the best jobs in the world. When people think of a teacher, people think of the teacher teaching their students what they need to know. But it’s also those students teaching the teacher what they need to know.

Kids have no filters. They will tell you exactly what they’re thinking, when they’re thinking it. Through this lack of a filter I’ve learned a lot of things. I’ve learned I am really old(P.S. for those of you who haven’t read my About page, I’m 18). I’ve learned you are not their friend when you tell them they have to correct their behavior. You’re safe on the play equipment, but when you’re on the wood chips you can be tagged.

Trust me, I do understand that as a teacher things will not always be like it is when I’m volunteering. But as a volunteer, you’re somewhat of a temporary friend and may make a difference. As a teacher, you could make the world of a difference.

I remember the first teacher that first made me start to love to go to school. It’s the first time I remember liking school, so maybe I liked it before too. But anyways, the one teacher that sticks out to me is my first grade teacher. I was scared at first when I found out she’d be my teacher, but by the time first grade came around I would run up and hug her. I remember how much I loved her as a teacher and I want one of my students to remember me the same way.

I still run into this teacher on occasion and I am still shocked that she knows who I am. She ran into me the first time since first grade when I was a sophomore in high school. She came up behind me and said “I know who you are. I would never forget.” That leads me to believe I maybe taught her something like she taught me.

I can’t wait to make that kind of impact.