Thursday, November 19, 2015

TIB Proposal

Natalie Liebenauer
Dr. Shutkin
ED 100
20 November 2015

TIB Proposal
I believe that technology currently plays a major role in the educational world. It has become a way for teachers to integrate lessons in their classroom in a way that is fun and interesting for the students. Often times teachers find it difficult to try and keep their students engaged in a lesson that they do not find interesting. Some will turn to technology because it is something most children nowadays are very familiar with. Since many teenagers and even young children have become so use to using technology on a daily basis, integrating it into a lesson in the classroom can allow students to become creative and use it in a way that allows them to express themselves.
If teachers believe that technology can help their students learn, they will be more open to using it in their classrooms. This does not mean that the students will “learn” from technology, but rather that it will be used to provide the tools for authentic learning. It allows teachers to move away from streamlining the way things have always been to imagining things in a way that appeals to them and their students. As helpful as technology can be in the classroom, it can also be a problem when abused and not used in the way it was intended for.
Sometimes when teachers allow their students to use the internet for research in class, the students will take advantage of this and use the internet for other things and not even get the assignment done. It is very easy for the students to get distracted when given freedom to use technology. Since this can be a big problem with technology in classrooms, I think it is important for teachers to be able to monitor what the students are looking up. This may seem like an invasion of privacy, but when teachers want to use the internet in a way that is beneficial to the students, it is important they are getting whatever was assigned done.
It is also very important that teachers do not become dependent on technology. It should not be used as a way for the teacher to not have to teach that day or to take up time. I know often times in my classrooms in middle school and high school, the teacher would have us play a game or watch a movie that sometimes had nothing to do with what we were learning, but it was a way for them to get done whatever they needed to and it kept us occupied during their class period. Using technology in this way is not helpful to the students and may even cause them to become disengaged in the class.
Many grade schools and high schools now have laptops and iPads that the students are able to use during class periods. In classrooms that I observed, students are being introduced to technology as early as kindergarten and this can be a problem. At that age, there really is nothing that a student that young should be using technology for. It usually is for them to play games, but there are so many games that teachers have in their classrooms already that allowing them to play on iPads is not beneficial to them. This contributes to the problem of young teens becoming very dependent on technology because they are so used to having it at their disposal at all times, inside and out of school.

Monday, November 16, 2015

Summative FieldBlog Post

During my field experiences, I learned a lot. I was able to go into an elementary school classroom and see what it is like. My experience at Gesu allowed me to engage with the kindergarteners and see what their daily classroom routine is like. Although I really enjoyed working with these young children, I decided I wouldn't want to be a kindergarten teacher but it was still great to have the little experience that I did with this age group. I enjoyed seeing how excited they would get about new activities that the teacher had planned for them that day. They were very cooperative when working with one another and for the most part respected their classmates. I always looked forward to going to Gesu because of how excited the children were to see me when I arrived. It made me realize how rewarding being a teacher can be. The students really look up to you and see you as their role model so it is important to have a positive impact on them. Having a good relationship with your students is also important because teachers must realize that each student learns differently and certain methods will work with different students. Knowing and understanding this will make the learning process easier for the teacher. This truly was an overall great learning experience and made me even more excited to become an elementary school teacher someday.

Thursday, November 12, 2015

BlogPost 10

Throughout my experience in this class, I have learned many important points and issues in education. Being a great teacher means having a passion for children and wanting to help them succeed in any way they can. It means having a strong relationship with your students and letting them know you are on the same level as them and are approachable. Sometimes students feel like they are unable to talk to their teacher about issues they are having. This leads to problems in the classroom that the teacher is unaware of. Through my field experience, I learned how flexible teachers must be because things don't always go as planned and that's an important aspect of teaching to recognize. The field experience also gave me that recognition that I am pursuing the right career. Being able to observe an elementary school assured that it was exactly what I wanted to do because of my love for children. It also was great to already experience what an elementary school is like on a daily basis and what types of classes the students are taking and engaged in. I have learned how important it is for teachers to realize that they are able to learn from their students. It drives the students to want to share more information they know with their teacher because the teacher isn't always aware of the things they are telling them. Students also should not be made to conform to ways they are unaware of. They should have the freedom to be whoever they choose in the classroom and not fear that other people will judge them and not accept them. Students should learn at a young age how important it really is to be accepting of everyone and most importantly, of their classmates. The classroom should be an open and positive learning environment. This is the type of classroom I hope to create when I become a teacher.

Sunday, November 8, 2015

Annotated Bibliography

Natalie Liebenauer
Dr. Shutkin
ED 100
10 November 2015

Schrum, Lynn. "Technology as a Tool to Support Instruction." Education World.
    N.p., 24 Jan. 2000. Web. 7 Nov. 2015. Technology can be used to help
    students explore but first it must be valued to both teaching and learning.
    Teachers must be part of the technology planning. It can help enhance a
    lesson the teacher is teaching but teachers should not solely rely on
    technology to do the work for them. They students shouldn't spend whole
    class periods on the computer doing a project, allowing the teacher to not
    even have to teach them. When it is used in a way that is beneficial to the
    students and what they are learning, technology can be a really great
    thing. I could use this reference in my article to help explain the
    positive aspects of technology and how helpful it can be in the classroom
    when used in an effective way.

Scherer, Marge. "Transforming Education with Technology." ASCD, Feb.
    2011. Web. 8 Nov. 2015. In this article, a lady, Karen Cator, was being
    interviewed about how technology is used in the classroom and how it can
    affect the students both positively and sometimes negatively. Technology
allows for student choice. It meets students interests and allows them to  
present information in a way that suits them. They can be as creative as they like.
Engagement is also important. I will use this to explain how students should be interacting  with their teachers and technology shouldn't be relied on as a way for the
teacher to not have to teach a lesson that day. It allows teachers to
create compelling activities that require students to read a lot and think
Restuccia, Danielle. "Effects of Technology on Classrooms and Students." N.p., n.d. Web. 8 Nov. 2015. The U.S.
    department of engagement saw an increase in students' classroom engagement.
    Students were motivated to learn because they saw their computational
    skills could be applied to life outside of school. It was recorded that 65
    percent of educators saw a rise in student productivity. It can also
    benefit students by boosting their confidence. I will use this article in
    my paper to express what a positive impact the use of technology in the
    classroom had on the students. They suddenly were very eager to learn
    although the subjects they were learning hadn't changed. Technology also
    allowed the teachers to track the students growth and allowed the
    students to work at their own pace.

Cyr, Betty-Ann, Steven L. Berman, and Megan L. Smith. "The Role of Communication
    Technology in Adolescent." Child Youth Care Forum: n. pag. ERIC PlusText.
    Web. 8 Nov. 2015. Technology changes the way people interact with one
    another. Since technology has grown so much, it raises the question, how
    much technology is too much? A study was created to see what extent people
    used technology in their everyday lives. Although technology can be used in
    a positive way, it can influence interpersonal relationships. I can use
    this reference in my paper to show how technology isn't always used in a
    way that is beneficial to teenagers. It can be harmful to their health and
    lead to identity problems. This is not to say that technology is a bad
    thing, but people often overuse it and take advantage of what it should
     really be used for.

Thursday, November 5, 2015

BlogPost 9

Wednesday, November 4, 2015

Gesu Visit 7

During my seventh visit at Gesu, the students had show and tell. They were very eager to share their drawings with the class and how explain why they made them and the thought they put into them. After show and tell, they watched the Veggie Tales which they were excited about. They were very attentive during the movie. They also had just come back from recess so I noticed that a movie was a good way to calm them down. It allowed the teacher and the teachers aid to get stuff done. Playing a movie that appeals to the students gets their attention. After this, the children went to the library. During story time, the librarian asked how the students felt when they received a new baby brother or sister if they were an only child. Most of them replied in a positive way and said they were happy and excited although some of them said they felt jealous. The story read to them was about a crocodile who got a baby brother and was very jealous of the attention he received. He felt like his mom payed more attention to his baby brother than she did to him. This related to the discussion the students had before the story. This was my last day at Gesu and I overall enjoyed my experience there. It gave me a glimpse of the what the teaching world is like and it was great to be able to have an experience like this so soon into my freshman year.

Gesu Visit 6

During my sixth visit to Gesu, they had music class. They played games that involved singing which they enjoyed. I noticed the teacher was very controlling in a way. She kept telling them what to do and what not to do. They also had to recite 4 rules before they played each game. The more the teacher told them what to do, the more they acted out. Showing your authority over the students doesn't guarantee they are going to listen to you. She also babied them in the way she spoke to them. I completely understand trying to speak in a way that they will understand and appeal to but you also have still be an adult and not completely talk down to them.  I have learned in ED 100 how important it is for your students to realize that they are on the same level as you. Towards the end of the day, the students created a fossil out of a mold. They were able to color it however they liked and they were very creative with this.