Friday, April 6, 2018

Ideas and Strategies on Classroom Arrangement, Structure, Activities, and Organization

Teachers' Websites For Ideas and Strategies

The Cornerstone For Teachers https://thecornerstoneforteachers.com/about/

Angela Watson is the creator of the website thecornerstoneforteachers.com. It was known first as Ms. Powell's Management Ideas for Teachers in 2003, however; it wad rename in 2008. This website helps the teacher set-up arrangement in his or her classroom. From Angela's experiences she gives you the essential needs of the classroom arrangement with pictures. Specific examples why I chose thecornerstoneforteachers is because of the visual, detailed and it provides multiple links for a teacher to arrange their classroom. The websites provides you with other teachers classroom and gives you a lot of motivation to setting-up your own own classroom in the future. Cornerstone is supportive learning environments for young learners because there are space, seating arrangements and opportunities for growth. You can see from different classroom arrangement there is little room for disruption. Students can play apart of the classroom arrangement. In addition, this website has been featured in BrainPop, The Huffington Post, education podcastnetwork, CNBC, and eSchool News.

Scholastic www.scholastic.com/teachers/home

Scholastic is an excellent websites that covers a lot of information for teachers. Scholastic supports teachers, parents and students. On Scholastic it is a lot of organization, activities, and structure for teachers to use. From the website you can print out just about anything for grades level Pre-K to 8th. What stood out the most to me was the teachers's tool kit. It provides videos, daily starters, planning calendars, magazine, workshops and a teacher store. Everything is available at a click of a button on this website.

Teacher Tap https://eduscapes.com/tap/topic.86/html 
Professional development Resources for Educators and Librarians

Founders of edscapes.com/lamb are Annette Lamb and Larry Johnson are the creators. This site gives teachers a list of websites for activities in every subject matter. These games are interactive activities, simulations, and learning games. What caught my attention are the activities. Some of the activities I do in my classroom now I see on there. The others links looks fun and the students have the opportunity to click on as many activities as they want to learn. This website can help with drill and practice, puzzles and quizzes which is amazing. All grades level will have a fun time exploring and learning through many of the activities on the website.

Everything Just So https://everythingjustso.org/about/

Jennifer Martinez is the creator of everything just so. Everything just so is a blogger made by Jennifer for busy teachers. I have been following her blog for a couple weeks and lately she has been discussing organization such as lesson planning process, resources and routines. She explains why it is important to stay organize and ahead in a classroom which is a plus because I love being organize and staying on top of everything. There are available resources, tolls and tips for a successful school year and additional resources that are useful in a classroom. This website supports teachers and students because it is a guide through being and staying organization in your classroom.

Wednesday, December 7, 2011

My 21st Century Classroom

Hello, everyone my name Dashaya Williams. I am a current student at Edinboro University. My major is Early Childhood Education. I would like to become a teacher in the Pittsburgh area teaching 2nd grade. As a future teacher, I have plans on having my own classroom. I have a vision on how I'm going to setup my classroom based on the 21st century.Technology and multimedia plays a role in the 21st century according to http://www.21stcenturyschools.com/Designing_21st_Century_Classroom.htm. New technology is increasingly risen forcing its self into the school districts. Inside of my classroom, I would like to have smart boards, cell phones, laptops, and computers. This give my students the opportunity to go above and beyond their knowledge about technology. I would like to connect my students to technology globally. http://www.21stcenturyschools.com/What_is_21st_Century_Education.htm.
Here are slide shows to give you a better understanding on how important technology is and why I consider to welcome technology into my classroom.

http://classroom.4teachers.org/ This website helped me create my classroom setup. Here is a view of my classroom. I would like to start off viewing an old classroom then develop into my 21st century classroom.

 Old classrooms didn't use any technology. Teachers would teach students standing up writing on chalkboards. 

In my classroom, I would like my student's tables front and center. This way all eyes will be on me the teacher. The circle rug is place in the center to give full attention to a student who is given an presentation or answering a question. This will prevent other students from talking while others are speaking. In the down right corner is my desk. I don't plan on sitting there while class is in session, but hey I need a desk. Looking up into the upper right hand corner is the reading station. The reading station has sofa, beanbag chair, book shelves, and a easel. I will keep this station for finding research, reading or quiet time. Along the perimeter of my classroom are computers. My classroom is setup this way because students attention needs to be in the front of the room. It will give students a clear view of the smart board, which is front and center. Importantly technology is taking over. I want my students to have full advantage of the network.

K-2~ Understand basic properties (number of sides, corners, square corners) of and similarities and differences between simple geometric shapes
  • Understands the concepts of circles, squares, rectangles, cones, cylinders, cubes, pyramids, rectangular prisms, spheres, triangles
  • Knows attributes
  • Understands the basic concept of congruence (i.e same size and shape) of two-dimensional shapes
  • Know parts (e.g faces, edges, vertices)
  • Knows definitions of attributes of shapes



"Impact of Technology in Education." Upload & Share PowerPoint Presentations and Documents. Web. 06 Dec. 2011. <http://www.slideshare.net/loraevanouski/impact-of-technology-in-education>.

"Page Not Found Output." McREL: Mid-continent Research for Education and Learning. Web. 11 Dec. 2011. <http://www.mcrel.org/pdf/curriculum/5021cm_shapes>.
Shapes, Shapes, Everywhere

 "Top 10 Design Ideas for School of the 21st Century." American School & University | Shaping Facilities & Business Decisions for Education Administrators, Schools & Universities. 06 Dec. 2011. Web. 06 Dec. 2011. <http://asumag.com/mag/university_top_design_ideas/>.

Sunday, November 27, 2011

Going Green

I'm sorry it took me so long to post "Going Green", but this video include a couple of my classmates going green.

We used flip, which is a recording device. Throughout the recording we shot about six different scenes. once the scenes where finish, one of my fellow classmate name Eric edit our clip on flip software. The video above is our final clip.
This project was fun and enjoying. I was the camera lady. I didn't find any problems with recording the scenes. Nice job group!

Thursday, November 10, 2011

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Finale and Prezi

Today is class we had to more presenters name Eric and Brittany. Eric was the first presenter is presented a tool called Finale. Finale is a tool that you can present and create music. This music can be shared on your mp3, pc, blog etc. To understand Finale you have to know notes and have a music background. Finale costs up to $600.00 dollars, but you can get a discount if your a student, teacher, or member of a church. Brittany presented Prezi. Prezi is similar to Popplet. It's unlimited space to work with and share information. A downfall is the movements can get confusing and busy.

Tuesday, November 8, 2011

Presentations On November 8, 2011

In class we had two presenter Amy and Victoria. Amy and Victoria presented the tool KIDSPIRATION. Kidspiration is a tool use to label or catergorize materials. It strengthen word recognition, vocabulary and writing. Develop math skills with virtual math manipulatives. It's a great tool to get children involve in a group discussion. Also, it shows leadership. I wish the presenter would of explained it better, but overall the program is useful

Wednesday, November 2, 2011

Classroom Presentations Presented Nov. 1, 2011

Popplet~ is a good tool to use visual. In class I enjoy viewing Popplet. Popplet have four features you can present such as videos, pictures, quotes, and documents. Popplet can also be use to go over a lesson or compare work of others. However, you have to regitser and your limited to 6 popplet.

Story-jumper- Create own books that you can publish. There are sixteen pages limited. Story-jumper is a good way to illustrate artwork and teach a lesson. You have to register and purchase the program.

Wordle~Wordle is a free open source program. The more you write a word the me its important. It express your main points. However, its not very useful. If you don't plan on saving it on your usb drive or computer its pointless. Everything erase once you log off.

Overall these tools can be useful in early childhood education. The tools are another way of expressing learning.