Tuesday, May 28, 2013

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Imagination & Happiness

Krissy Venosdale: If I Built A School

Sugata Mitra: Build A School In The Cloud

Both Sugata Mitra and Krissy Venosdale's ideas are amazing. Krissy Venosdale put her "dream school" description on her blog for people to see, but Sugata Mitra is doing something, not just saying it. I am very impressed with all of the places he has gone, children he has taught, and ideas he has shared with the world. To change our education system into something better for the future, we need more people like Sugata Mitra, who are willing to actually make changes.

What I Want My Students to Know

I want my students to be their own person. I want them to know that it doesn't matter if they aren't as smart as the person next to them, or if they are a different race, age, or sex. I want them to know that they, personally, can make a change in the world even if they feel like they are just one tiny needle in a hay stack. I want my students to know that they are the future and what they do with their lives does matter!

I Want My Students to be Able to Do

I want my students to be able to read, write, count, have self confidence, know their place in this world, laugh, love, forgive, multiply, divide, pray, talk, learn. I want them to be able to do anything they put their mind to.

My Primary Way of Teaching

I believe in keeping teaching strategies consistent with up to date technology, books and other resources. The traditional "teacher at the front of the classroom writing on the chalkboard" is absolutely acceptable, and indeed should be used sometimes. However, if I have the resources for a computer/iPad for every three students, then by all means I will let them use it. I love Mitra's SOLE concept. As long as the teacher is supervising and the students are actually discussing what they are learning, I think it is a great way to challenge them. I think my everyday teaching methods would include lecture, student-teacher participation, student-student participation and technologically based learning.

What Tools I Will Use

The physical tools I would use with my students would be chalk, iPads, markers, computers, paint, paper, smart boards, text books, puzzles, games, and anything else that could in any way better them as people. Other "tools" I would use are patience, kindness, forgiveness, love, care, discipline.

What Role My Students Will Play

Students should be the center of the learning atmosphere. Even though I know I will learn things from my students without them knowing they taught me anything, it is not about me. My students will play the main role in the part of their education they are getting from me. Participation and interaction is key in comprehending things they are learning. Games, flashcards, quizzing, color codes; whatever helps them learn is what we will use in my classroom. The environment will be fun, but serious, strict, but relaxed, loud and quiet, hyper and calm, fun and boring!


  1. Kaylee,

    Very nice post! I hope that your future classroom is just the way you wish it to be!

    A few suggestions for your post. I noticed that in the second and third sections they end with the random word "Copy." I don't know why, but it made me laugh so I decided to point it out to you. You also need to have an image in every post, including this one. The image can be of anything, you don't have to find it on the Internet. Actually, it's safer if you own the image. Anyway, it needs to have ALT and TITLE modifiers. You can find out how to add images and the modifiers using this document that I made last semester. And while we're on the topic of links, you should also strive to include the links to the blogs, posts, or videos that you discuss in your posts. It gives any readers a chance to click on the link if they're interested and check out the post you are discussing for themselves. The instruction manual can show you how to do links, or you can do a quick Google search on how to add links in Blogger. :)

    If you have any questions about any of my suggestions, don't hesitate to contact me or come to the lab to talk to one of the other lab assistants! We're here to help!


  2. I love reading your posts. My favorite thing about this one is that you write what you want for your students to know and do just as if they were your own child. I think that is absolutely incredible! You are going to be an amazing teacher.

  3. "The traditional "teacher at the front of the classroom writing on the chalkboard" is absolutely acceptable, and indeed should be used sometimes." When? Why? Under what circumstances?

    "...and boring!" Really? Do you think that is a necessary part of a good education?

    See Bailey's comments.

  4. Kaylee I thought your post was great. The thing I liked most was that you wanted your students to know that they matter, and can make a difference in the world. I think it is important for childern to be told this by someone at least once in their life. I also agree what you said about "teacher at the front of the classroom" I think there are times when teachers cannot get around this, but just becasue a teacher is useing a chalkboard does not mean that they cannot keep the students involved and inspired.