Sunday, November 27, 2016

Electives #oklaed Chat 11-27-16

Q1: What are the Electives/Specials offerings at your school?
A1: We have a wide variety of middle school electives. With 1200 students we have about 20 electives.
Band (three teachers)
Orchestra
Vocal Music
Drama (three sections, taught by grade level core teachers)
Technology Literacy
MultiMedia
Computer Exploration (six grade)
Gateway to Technology
Family and Consumer Sciences
Around the World
Leadership
Publications
ITeach
Yearbook
Enrichment
Art
PE
FOCUS (core teachers teach remediation during elective time)

Our district implemented a six week rotation of six classes for sixth graders this year in order to give a wide variety of experience to the six grade students. It has been met with mixed reviews from teachers. 


Q2: What does the phrase “educating the whole child.” mean to you?
Given it is an elective question time I think it goes to the things that impart a certain passion in people. Yes, many of us have a passion for what we do and teach. Many have gifts in areas outside what is traditionally taught in school. Electives explore some of these passions and hope to ignite in all students a desire to continue to learn and improve.

Q3: Why are Electives important to school culture? The culture of the school needs the electives to continue to broaden the depth of education. Just a core teachers can not effective teach art they implement art in the curriculum. The elective teachers do the same in classes.

Q4: If you could choose one Elective to be required for all students, what would it be?
Being a computer teachers, I am biased toward computers and technology. All students should know how to type. It should be a ninth grade class required for all.

Q5: If you could teach any Elective what would it be? Think out of the box!!!
I am fortunate in being able to teach multimedia computing and can teach what I find of interest.

Q6: How do we protect Electives in a time of budget cuts?
I foresee the Electives going away. As we move to 1 to 1 computers in the classroom every teacher teaches technology. There is not more need for a technology teacher. There seems to be a movement to the "core" electives of band, music, drama, orchestra, enrichment, GTT, FACS, and art.

Q7: Should kids lose their Electives/Specials time to receive intervention?
They should not lose elective times. They do. Students are pulled for FOCUS. Students are pulled for counseling sessions. Test prep in April is a time many are pulled. Students get messages and called to the office during elective times. I am not sure if any of this happens during core classes but it is highly disruptive to learning. Parents make appointments for the doctor during electives, take students out to lunch during electives. First hour many parents allow students to sleep in late.

Q8: Follow up to question seven, what other intervention ideas can we use to ensure that students are served correctly but don’t lose their Electives/Specials offerings?
This is a difficult one because students should not miss any classes for interventions. Homeroom time or a flexible weekly schedule would help take care of things that need to be accomplished outside the structure of the classroom session.

Q9: What is your personal reason for fighting for Electives/Specials in our schools and our state?
I teach an elective.


Q10: How can you show support for your school’s Electives/Specials programming?
Show up everyone day. Do the best I can for my students and staff. I think teaching teachers can have a greater impact in some ways then just teaching students.

Friday, September 30, 2016

Wednesday, September 14, 2016

Cindy Lauper

Well I do hope Cindy Lauper made it to one of our great downtown coffee shops yesterday. Coffee Slingers is my first choice but Clarity and Elemental are always a delight. Her concert was great last night. She is a great story teller. My biggest disappointment was the crowd. Silly people would holler out stupid stuff right in the middle of a story.

Friday, May 13, 2016

TTT - Evernote and Drive

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Evernote and Drive
the Ultimate App Smash
Greetings Sequoyah, 

As a fan of Evernote and Google Drive this is great news. 

https://evernote.com/google-drive/

Thanks and don't forget to be awesome, 

Andy

 

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Thursday, May 12, 2016

TTT - A Google A Day

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A Google A Day
Search Skills
Greetings Sequoyah, 

A Google A Day http://www.agoogleaday.com/ is a great site. Google asks a daily set of questions. The user searches for the answer on the web. The Tips and Tricks gives a pop up box of how to search techniques. This could be a great bell work activity. 
http://www.fractuslearning.com/2012/03/23/a-google-a-day/

http://carastechietips.weebly.com/techie-tips/a-google-a-day

Thanks and don't forget to be awesome, 

Andy

 

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Wednesday, May 11, 2016

TTT - Accessibility 

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Accessibility
Google Provides Solutions
Greetings Sequoyah, 

Google has implemented a variety of solutions to make accessibility to the computer better for all learners. Check out this blog post and install extensions to help all learners. 

http://blog.edtechteam.com/2016/05/10-ways-you-can-make-web-more-accessible.html?utm_source=blog&utm_medium=blog&utm_content=accessibility&utm_campaign=accessibility

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Andy

 

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Thursday, May 05, 2016

TTT - Schedule Assignments is Classroom

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Schedule Assignments
Google Classroom Evolves
Greetings Sequoyah, 

The Google Classroom is going to be an awesome addition to our technology toolbox next year. Now is the time to start researching and planning. 

http://googleforeducation.blogspot.com/2016/05/giving-thanks-and-time-back-to-teachers-with-new-updates-to-Google-Classroom.html

Thanks and don't forget to be awesome, 

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