Sunday, March 31, 2019

Beware the Phishing Emails

This morning I opened my email and went to check the spam folder as I do when I see there is something in there. I always check spam just in case something got filtered in there by mistake.

This one, however, I found in my inbox. This is a [very poorly made] phishing email saying it is from Apple.

I immediately thought of some of my Tech Crew students or even my homeroom students who sometimes come to me with questions.

What better way to teach than with a real example, so I took a screenshot and added comments to it so my (or any) students could use it as a way to know what to look for if they find a scary email. (I find myself reading these very carefully just to make sure.)

Anyway, grab the poster here. Or better yet, build on it / improve it.

Thursday, February 21, 2019

The Shock of What Students Really Think

A few weeks ago I sent a survey to my students to see what was on their mind. It connected to our learning with Google tools and I wanted to see what they would say.

After a few days, I checked in and was feeling good because I was rated highly and most kids said they liked school. I thought, "I got this."

Today when I was updating our Google Classroom, I saw the survey post in the class stream, so I decided to check.

When I looked at the bottom of the comments there was the following ...

If I had a problem and I say it to my teacher he always says "Ok I will tell them"and when I be good friends with them and I ask did Mr.H told you some thing then they always says no.

I know that students are not always the clearest when they talk. They are also prone to hyperbole, but this comment really shocked me. While I know it is not an "always" occurrence, if it is happening sometimes, that feeling can stick with students and make them feel like it is always.

Tuesday, December 11, 2018

Being Silly Helps You Remember?

We use Words Their Way as a way to teach spelling and word patterns. Each week, in the beginning of the week, when I hand out the word lists, I go around and make sure students know how to pronounce the words and I can answer any questions the students have about the word lists. When I am doing this I record the students repeating me on Seesaw so parents also have a copy of the pronunciation if they need it.

One of my groups this year, maybe out of boredom, started using silly "Alven and the Chipmunks" voices when they repeat. 

While they are working with me, there are about 15 others students working in the classroom. Loud squeals might be distracting for others, so I remind them of it. I have been reluctant to have them stop since this helps make a mundane task manageable for them. 

However, after listening to an episode of Kwik Brain, I feel it is important for them to be silly while doing this because that silliness makes these words more memorable. Maybe it is the unpredictability of it.

It seems to serve a dual purpose.