It has been hectic over the past few weeks. A thoughtful student in third grade inspired a bake sale with the funds all going to help the Humbolt Broncos, I went to my first EdCamp and we made crystals for science in my class.
The bake sale was so inspirational as the student got lots of last minute donations as soon as the word spread. It is wonderful that the spirit of community touches everyone far and wide.
The Edcamp was amazing with people from all around coming together, in the spirit of self-education. I was so grateful for the experience and it made me see how much we have to go to get on board with what other schools are doing out there. We are sadly behind without being part of the whole Google Classroom and all its documents, extensions and add ons available – for free I may add. Educators were all discussing the various applications they are using and how they like this and that and myself and my one colleaugue that joined me were totaly out of the loop. It was sad and an eye opener! First off that only one person of the staff of thirty at my current school came out and second that we advertise 21st century technology but we don’t teach with it nor do we have students that are using the currently available technology to produce some amazing work. My friend and I saw documents created by first graders that made our jaws drop. It’s amazing what kids can do when provided with the technology. It makes learning fun, meaningful and useful to the students to be able to compete with the other students out there that are all doing these amazing, easy presentations. The students are engaged while they are making the presentations, collecting data and having fun!! I don’t know how to get the administration on board to register so we can all begin using the available technology that Google classroom offers to school. Did I say it is free? I sometimes feel like I am opening a giant treasure box and trying to share it with my fellow educators and they keep looking at the items in my treasure box, don’t know how great they are, so they shut the lid and ignore my offers. Any suggestions please leave in the comments. I am frustrated by the lack of enthusiasm and support. I am grateful one other teacher came to the Edcamp with me. It was fabulous to have the support of even one person. A big thank you to all that made the Edcamp possible and donated food and door prizes. It was a wonderful experience!
Lastly, from the photo gallery, my class is currently in a rocks and minerals unit so we made crystals from boiling water and salt. The photo is from day one when we first made them. I will add photos to show the crystals, next week. The orange eggs are making lots of crystals from the salt, however, the baking soda crystals (pale blue) are much slower to form. I showed the students today, after one week and the blue eggs have very small crystals, whereas the orange ones are abundant. I predicted this as the baking soda was so dense that it was like sludge. I will leave them and see if, and how long it takes them to form crystals.
That’s all I have for now. Happy Mothers Day to all the moms out there!! May the gift of learning be with you and surrounding you daily.
Yours In Education,