Tuesday, June 4, 2019

Building Understanding of how it all Fits Together

On the top is the unit's central idea. 
On the left are the skills we are focusing on. 
On the right, the unit concepts.
In the middle are the activities we have done (at this point in the unit we have done three).
As we do activities, we have discussions about how the activities are or aren't related to the skills and concepts we are focusing on.

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.