Monday, December 16, 2013

Girls for God Holiday Celebration

One of the joys of teaching at Blythewood Middle is getting to watch a dynamic group of girls meet each Friday for a time of fellowship, prayer, and Bible study.  Girls for God is run by the girls themselves, and Mrs. Anna Reeves sponsors it--with waiting many an afternoon with them.  Friday they held their holiday party and I got some shots of them in action.











Saturday, December 14, 2013

Teacher Gifting Advice, Just Sayin'

Just Sayin'. Here is a piece of advice for those of you who like to bake delicious treats for your children's teachers for Christmas. When your little munchkin helps you bake, and proudly announces to her favorite teacher that she baked them in love just for her, remind your precious dear to not pick her nose all period long . . . just after cookies got eaten by darling teacher.


Friday, December 13, 2013

ISTE Presenter--Atlanta, Here I Come!!!

I'm excited to announce that I'll be presenting in Atlanta next summer at the International Society for Technology in Education conference. This is my Session Title and Description: 
Session TitleFlipping, Blogging, and Google Driving, Oh My!
 Session DescriptionVideo-taping mini-lectures (quasi-flipping), teacher and student blogging, and Google everything (drive, dashboard, docs, forms, calendar, etc.) experiences will be shared!

Thursday, December 12, 2013

Life Cycle of Flowering Plants

It has been a while since I have posted a video lecture from my class.  So I thought I'd add one so you can see what we are learning and how we are learning it.  
In addition to the video, students will have a Google Presentation to help them learn and notes to complete.  On their notes, they must fill out the first column with the main topic and the third column with an image or words to help them remember the notes in the middle.
Presentation:  Life Cycle of Flowering Plants
Notes:  Life Cycle of Flowering Plants

Monday, December 9, 2013

$1,202.42 raised for American Red Cross for Typhoon Haiyan Relief


In early November, Typhoon Haiyan, the largest storm in recorded history, hit the Phillipines. Blythewood Middle school students and community were moved by scenes and reports of devastation and need. In an effort to join together and provide help, they  decided to collect cash donations for the American Red Cross relief efforts. Students were given the opportunity to wear hats at school all day as a special treat if they made a donation of $2.  Posters, signs, emails, and phone calls were made to make parents and the community aware of our one-day donation blitz. One week after the typhoon, dozens of Beta Club students held signs out in the cold car pool lines to collect spare change from cars. Students wore every size, shape, and color hat in support of the drive. We are pleased to announce that the Blythewood Middle School family raised $1,202.42 for the relief effort and presented the check to the American Red Cross.

Thursday, December 5, 2013

The Power of Introverts: An Essential Understanding for Teachers | Edutopia

The Power of Introverts: An Essential Understanding for Teachers | Edutopia

As an extrovert--it is hard for me to understand the mindset of an introvert. Reminders like this article of the needs and perspectives of my students are important. This article is pretty good--although, I think I probably ought to buy Susan Cain's book: Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World that Can't Stop Talking

My Homeroom!

My homeroom!

Tuesday, December 3, 2013

AWARD! National Beta School of Distinction!

I am pleased to announce that we have just received a National Beta School of Distinction award!! 



Voicethread!!

Today we learned about a new way to present information!  It is called Voicethread!
Here is my first attempt at using Voicethead:

Photosynthesis 4th Period Winner

This is the winning video for 4th period of teaching photosynthesis to a class of 3rd graders. It was created by Trevor, Caitlin, Bradley, and Nolan.

Photosynthesis Video--3rd period winner!

This is the 3rd period winner that students created to teach photosynthesis to a class of 3rd graders.  It was made by Jayla, Shawn, Moziah, and Romero.

Photosynthesis Video--2nd Period Winner

This is the video teaching Photosynthesis to 3rd graders made by Mack, Tristin, David, and Saul:

Photosynthesis Video 1st Period

This is the winning video of 1st period explaining Photosynthesis to a class of 3rd graders
By Rylie, Jessica, Austin, and Lauren