Bond with James

Sunday, October 1, 2017

A Week in the Life of a Teacher (Week 6): Stations, Field Trips, and End of Grading Period

The following vlog highlights a 5-day window of the sixth week of school during the 2017-2018 school year.  Below the video I discuss specific aspects of my week in more detail. 

Students completed another stations activity this week, the Matter & Change Student Learning Stations.  Since our school will be a 1:1 campus in the spring, I wanted try my hand at a blended learning environment. I've done this before, however, technology has changed since I was last in the classroom (and I'm also part of the tech committee at my school).  A few of the activities were hands-on and the other stations were placed on the class Canvas site.  


While students were doing this, I asked a table group of students to come to the back of the lab area so that I could teach them how to use a Bunsen burner. 
On Thursday, my dual-credit chemistry class visited the University of Texas at Austin.  Unfortunately, many of the students were not able to attend because they had extracurricular commitments on the same day. However, fun was had for the few students that did attend the field trip.  Perhaps I enjoyed it a little too much because it was my first field trip in over 10 years. 

On Friday, my B-Day classes participated in a density lab. Prior to that, students had to sketch the objects I had on my mobile demo table.  
While there were four students at a lab table, I arranged the activity so that students had to work in pairs.  I've done this particular lab before and it has also worked out well in pairs versus a group of four.  I am going to complete the same activity with my A-Day classes on Monday. Stay tuned!






Sunday, September 24, 2017

A Week in the Life of a Teacher (Week 5): TRTW, Collaborative Posters, and Class Filming!

The vlog highlights a 5-day window of the fifth week of school during the 2017-2018 school year. Watch as I show clips of flexible seating, introducing two new instructional strategies, and talk about my current frustrations. You can also check out pictures and additional details below the video!

During a staff development last school year, I was introduced to a process known as Talk, Read, Talk, Write (TRTW). I'll spare you with the small details, however, I remember it was a process that I immediately implemented. Although, after reading the book this past summer, I realized that I had implemented a majority of TRTW incorrectly (as described by its author, Nancy Motley). As I planned for this school year, I knew that TRTW was a process that I wanted to incorporate in my class to help increase literacy in my classroom.

My second period class was filmed on Wednesday of this week, however, I had originally planned to give the first test of the year on Tuesday and Wednesday. Therefore, I decided to push the test back a class day and come up with a collaborative review that would help students with concepts we had been covering leading up to this week.

I decided to combine the TRTW process with a collaborative poster (which I've written about here). For Talk #1, I provided a picture prompt with two guiding questions. I gave students 2-3 minutes to jot down their thoughts and then gave 3 minutes for them to discuss with the people at their table. After, I had asked for volunteers to share what was discussed at their table; or I used Popsicle sticks to call on students if no one volunteered. Then they read an article that connected topics that they had learned in class to a real-world event. Prior to the reading, I had given the students a Pay Attention to List, which outlined some important ideas to help guide their reading; as well as a strategy known as Highlighting Plus.

Next, students engaged in Talk #2 for 2-3 minutes and then shared out with the class. I did modify the process and left out the individual writing component for another time. Although, students did do some writing on the collaborative poster. With that said, the posters came out great. Normally, I would have students present to the class, however, I am behind curriculum-wise and could not afford to push material back any longer. Feel free to leave questions in the comment section below!




Sunday, September 17, 2017

A Week in the Life of a Teacher (Week 4): Flexible Seating, Lab Practical, and Fire Drills!

This high school teacher vlog highlights a 5-day window of the fourth week of school during the 2017-2018 school year. Watch as I talk about the implementation of flexible seating, managing a lab practical and experiencing our first fire drill of the school year.

Sunday, September 10, 2017

High School Science Teacher Vlog #15 | A Week in the Life of a Teacher (...

This high school teacher vlog highlights a 5-day window of the third week of school during the 2017-2018 school year. Watch as I talk about feeling sick to dealing with a stressful day and rebounding to students engaged in a lab activity.




Monday, September 4, 2017

High School Science Teacher Vlog #14 | Second Week of School for Students



This vlog highlights a 5-day window of the second week of school during the 2017-2018 school year. Watch as I talk about how the campus was indirectly impacted by the events of Hurricane Harvey to me showing a few clips of students setting up their interactive notebooks. I also shared of few clips of the students participating in a "Get-to-know-you" activity, an exploration activity, and another set of learning labs.

Sunday, August 27, 2017

High School Science Teacher Vlog #13 | First Week of School for Students

This teacher vlog highlights a 5-day window of the first week of school during the 2017-2018 school year.  Watch as I talk about the school losing power on the first day of school to me showing a few clips of students engaged in learning labs and writing activities through the remainder of the first week of school!

Wednesday, August 23, 2017

High School Science Teacher Vlog #12 | First Day Jitters Tag


The tag was created by SmartieStyle (on YouTube) a few weeks ago. However, I started school on August 21, 2017.  I shot my First Day Jitters Tag video the night before while I was trying to do a dozen other things (not recommended and perhaps why I called my shoes, "slacks," in the video).  

Feel free to share your first day jitters in the comment section! Thanks for watching!