Room108 Podcast 1: Planning New Learning Spaces

This is the first episode of a new classroom podcast I’m starting this year, using the free Opinion app on my iPhone. In this episode I discuss the new learning spaces I’m planning for my 3rd and 4th grade classroom this year.

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Shownotes:

  1. My classroom learning design plan
  2. Photos of My Classroom Redesign
  3. My Classroom Website (Google Site)
  4. Our Classroom YouTube Channel
  5. Follow me on Twitter:  @sfryer
Classroom plan by shellyfryer, on Flickr
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Classroom Redesign by shellyfryer, on Flickr
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Mobile Learning 2015

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Wes and I had a great time at Mobile Learning 2015. We connected with many friends and made several new connections. I am looking forward to having Cori Araza’s HS students partner with my students to learn how to create games! I am also planning on redesigning my classroom thanks to Erin Klein. Awesome weekend of learning.

Free PBS Technology Workshops in McAlester, Tulsa & Oklahoma City

This month I’m having several opportunities to lead free technology integration workshops for OETA, our PBS affiliate station in Oklahoma. These workshops focus on how to use the free videos and lesson building tools included on the PBS Learning Media website.  (@pbslrnmedia) If you live in or near McAlester, Tulsa, or Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, please join me in the morning on June 8, 9, or 22nd. The registration link to sign up (it’s FREE) is linked from OETA’s education page. The dates and locations for remaining workshops are:

  • Monday, June 8 – 9:30 am – noon, Tulsa (OETA Office, 535 N. Greenwood Ave., Tulsa, OK 74106)
  • Tuesday, June 9 – 9:30 am – noon, McAlester (Kiamichi Tech, 1004 State Hwy 2, Wilburton, OK 74578)
  • Monday, June 22 – 9:30 am – noon, Oklahoma City (OETA Office, 7403 North Kelley OKC, OK 73111)

I’ve linked the Google Slide presentation and other resources for these workshops on my classroom website. If you have questions in advance about the workshops please contact me via Twitter @sfryer, or leave a comment here.

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Black History Biography Projects

My 3rd and 4th grade students spent a month researching different people as a part of our Black History Month project. In our 1:1 classroom students did their own independent research from web, video, and print to create narrated ebooks about their chosen person. Students used Book Creator for iPad to record their final reports. One student chose iMovie and created an iMovie trailer. I’m so proud of how hard they worked and how well their reports turned out.

Students Discover New iPad App

This week my students are discovering a new iPad app called News-O-Matic. It is a wonderful app for reading daily nonfiction stories based on current events. Students read articles that they’re interested in and then respond by either writing to the editor or responding with a picture. My students are eager to read the news every morning! One student Kevin was super excited when the editor wrote back to him!

Getting Started with LittleBits

We have been having a great time in our Makers Studio time learning about electricity.  Several of my students have really learned about circuits by using the LittleBits to create their own machines. Kevin and Heaven made this automated Hand to wave to all of their friends. I’m amazed at how quickly they have figured the components out and been able to apply their learning to their different inventions. Their inventions are way more complicated than anything I would have assigned!

 

 

Creating Family Thanksgiving Traditions

Creating family traditions for the students in my class is an exciting and important activity during the holidays. For the second year we have studied and learned about the history of the Macy’s Thanksgiving parade with the books “Balloons Over Broadway” by Melissa Sweet and “Milly and the Macy’s Parade” by Shana Corey and Brett Helquist. Through our class lessons and discussions I help students discover that traditions can be as simple as gathering together and watching the parade on TV.

In keeping with our Maker classroom culture, students spent the morning designing and building a collage of the Macy’s Parade. Later, we enjoyed watching the 2013 parade together and playing parade bingo.
As I watch the parade with my family this morning, I hope my students are enjoying it with their families as well.

Positive Relationships are the Key

I really enjoyed hearing author Richard Hawley speak tonight about the importance of building positive relationships with our students, but most importantly our boys. He found that successful student/ teacher relationships were teacher initiated. Teachers who are willing to get to know and understand their students outside the classroom, be willing to share common interests, open up personally, and are willing to be active learners along side their students tended to have successful relationships.

He pointed out that schools where administration made building relationships a priority, where faculty development was devoted to finding out what works and what doesn’t work with classroom climates, and when teachers were given time to meet and adapt to the needs of the students were the most successful at promoting relationships.

I am thankful that I teach in a school where positive relationships with students and peers is a high priority and where support for parents, teachers, and students is not only encouraged, but a school wide goal.

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