I attended a regional workshop in Anniston, Alabama yesterday sponsored my our professional organization, The Alabama Education Association. Met up with some teachers I teach with from my school and also some from my school district and had a great time. AND-the food was good! 🙂 That always helps!
There were several different mini-sessions presented. One was on the use of social media-the legality of it. We weren’t told that we COULDN’T friend our students on facebook, etc, but it was HIGHLY SUGGESTED. So guess what my weekend project is going to be? Yep, deleting all students from my facebook page. Sigh.
Another session was on being professional all the time-this went along the same lines as above. I looked over my American History course of study for next year during this session. 🙂
A 3rd one I went to was about Money Island-a free online computer game program sponsored by a credit union in Alabama. It has the kids reaching different levels as they learn about checking accounts, investments, savings, etc. It seemed VERY COOL! It’s a 5 week program, but can be used however a teacher wants to use it in the classroom. Did I mention it is F.R.E.E.? 🙂
I am going to look into using it all year-maybe go to the computer lab once a week. The kids NEED to learn these things, and I can tie it into our technology, character ed, and literacy course of studies. 🙂 I can pretty much make ANYTHING meet a standard. Teehee. 🙂 But, it actually does go back to teaching students about citizenship.
The opening session was our state school superintendent-Dr. Tommy Bice. And I was amazed by what he said. These are the 2 things that I took away from his session:
1. It’s a new day in Alabama
2. You can teach your kids HOWEVER you see fit
Oh, boy!! That sounds like a green light to me. 🙂 🙂 🙂
So everybody give me a high five!
As long as I teach the standards I can teach ANYWAY I WANT TO to get it across to my students.
Creativity-HERE I COME!!!! 🙂
If you teach, how flexible can you be in your teaching?
If you don’t teach, aren’t you still happy for me???? 🙂