Posts by lsimonick

Finale

  I accomplished putting together some probability lesson ideas that, IMHO, don’t completely suck.  I put together lessons with exploration components, direct instruction, real world connections, opportunities for student interactions and evaluation.  It all took longer than I thought and … Continue reading

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Reflections

Goals: And my comments Demonstrate effective electronic communication methods for instructions in the K-12 environment.  The use of Twitter , WordPress and Feedly met the goal of effective electronic communication methods.  They were not new to me but it was the first … Continue reading

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Status – Simonick

Since our tech person was able to add cK-12 to Schoology so quickley I have the second lesson almost complete.  The lesson materials are all there I just need to finish writing the practice and assessment piece. For a third … Continue reading

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MOOCs – Simonick

I have taken a MOOC.  It was offered by Stanford and was entitled “How to Learn Math”.  The instructor was Dr. Jo Boaler.  I took it because Jo Boaler is a “rock star” in math education right now and it … Continue reading

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Comment on Simonick Final Plan by LSimonick

*Update* On the CK-12 website I found that CK-12 did release an app to work with Schoology in September but they need contact from a district’s IT people to install it in Schoology. I have contacted Michelle (Monty, she is the division’s instructional technology person) this evening and have asked her to pursue making the app available to us. I will let you all know what Michelle has to say. 🙂

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Comment on Simonick Final Plan by LSimonick

*Update* On the CK-12 website I found that CK-12 did release an app to work with Schoology in September but they need contact from a district’s IT people to install it in Schoology. I have contacted Michelle (Monty, she is the division’s instructional technology person) this evening and have asked her to pursue making the app available to us. I will let you all know what Michelle has to say. 🙂

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Simonick Final Plan

Well the TPACK lesson went together fairly smoothly.  I’m fairly satisfied with it as a draft.  I’m at the point that I would want to try it out with kids and make adjustments before I would think of the lesson … Continue reading

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Comment on SRL by lsimonick

Amanda, The quote you mention in your last paragraph jumped out at me as well. Too often students play the victim and think school is something that happens to them. It’s a huge change in mindset for them to take the responsibility for their learning. I agree that standardized testing doesn’t help.

I disagree with you that self-regulation does not need to be explicitly taught. There are times when it should. I think we both know some lower level students that would say that they are dumb and think they always fail. I have talked to some kids that are not sure why they are not successful. One student told me it was like everybody else knows the rules but he didn’t. Whether it’s learning challenges or a challenging life outside of school there are kids that should be purposefully taught self-regulation skills. As they become more adept at regulating their own learning habits I would hope that the new behavior would be reinforced by greater success in the classroom.

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Comment on My Seventh Graders and Self-Regulated Learning KWasosky by lsimonick

Having taught middle school, yes, I think it is possible for pre-teens to at least improve their self-regulation. You are on target when you wrote that the new behaviors would have to be practiced often. When I have worked with students with learning disabilities typically a structure is given to the student and then it is tweaked and slowly withdrawn as the student masters the new skill. Student buy-in can sometimes be elusive. SRL is definitely not something we can mention once or twice and just expect secondary school students to just “do”.

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