Thursday, December 5, 2013
Sunday, October 27, 2013
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For three semesters, from January 2012 to June 2013, I collected student data. I surveyed my high school students weekly or biweekly and kept a record of their responses. I analyzed midterm and final exam scores, both cumulative and by skill (speaking, writing, reading, listening, grammar). I compared yearlong averages for students in both the iPad class and the traditional class. Do you know what I found?
Friday, August 23, 2013
I had a big summer. A huge summer. I got married, and I moved to New York City with my husband, where I'll be starting at a new school in less than a week while he begins a master's program at Columbia Teachers College. For two months, my brain has not been in school mode. All I've been thinking about is wedding-related rigamarole and the totally mind-consuming process of packing, moving, changing my name, etc. Up until Tuesday, I hadn't read anything education-related (not even my Twitter feed) or communicated in Spanish or tested new apps since the middle of June. I'm no stranger to "summer brain"--taking a mental break from school for the month of July--but my total detachment from the education world this summer feels deeper than years past. How am I going to get my "school brain" back?
Tuesday, June 18, 2013
Monday, May 20, 2013
Monday, April 1, 2013
|Example of student work|
My goodness, how time flies. Sadly, no March posts, but we'll start April off right with a new idea for using iPads in the classroom.
The Spanish Civil War is one of my favorite topics, but I find it hard to teach to my Spanish 4 students, who are mostly sophomores and do not have a lot of the content background to understand the historical context or significance of that time period in Spain. I've struggled with this for years, but this year I think I finally found a good way for students to get the general idea while staying in the target language.
Tuesday, February 26, 2013
Monday, February 11, 2013
Classroom #2: Students read a story on their iPads. They respond to questions and polls posed by their teacher within the text; after they've answered the question, they can view their classmates' responses. The teacher views responses in real time and intervenes when individual students have misconceptions or trouble with comprehension. Students look up unknown words with the tap of a finger. Small-group discussions and exit slips are also a feature of this classroom.
Which one is better?
Wednesday, January 30, 2013
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Sunday, January 20, 2013
It's been a while since I published my last post--health, holidays and midterms all have taken a toll on my blog writing lately. But now that midterms are mostly behind me, I'm ready to focus on second semester, and I'm excited to explore a couple of promising new apps.