I enjoy teaching middle school science. I have taught in numerous states such as Florida, Georgia and Maryland. My daughter and I currently live in Arnold and I teach in Pasadena. My daughter Josilyn is the light of my life. She is six years old and attends Broadneck Elementary. Any chance we get we love to go to the beach and explore outdoors.


5, 4, 3, 2, 1

5 new technologies to try:
I plan to incorporate the folloiwng new UDL strategies in my upcoming school year.
1. Wikipages (pages to share with coworkers and students)
2. Prezi:
http://prezi.com/zvehbf95tho8/universal-design-for-learning/
3. Google Docs
http://www.google.com/educators/tools.html
4. Social Media:
and http://edmodo.com
5. Wordle
6. PODCASTS

4 ideas to share with others:
Share with Tully (Science colleague)
School Tube:
1. Electromagnets-
http://www.schooltube.com/video/a3506f45a49755d386c2/Electromagnets
2. waves:
http://www.schooltube.com/video/c9cedd6cdd9111316be6/Waves
3. Science relative (migration- ecology unit):
http://www.learner.org/jnorth/
4. Prezi.com ( incorporate some instead of daily PPT)
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3 principles of Universal Design for Learning
http://www.cast.org/udl/index.html
Principles of Recognition
Principles of Strategic
Principles of Affective
2 changes in your teaching to reach all learners in the Digital Age
I plan to add more variety to my assessments. I often allow many choice and DI during instruction and products but feel limited in assessment variety. I feel I am constantly assessing in an informal means however I can create more diverse formal assessments other than labs, projects, and quizzes.
I plan to create a class WIKI page for my classes to access inside the classroom (computer lab) and at home. I often have them access class documents on the Goodies drive at school or URL searches. Using a class WIKI will be more user friendly for many students.
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1 BIG idea to implement “on Monday”
Brag to all my co workers about all that I have learned about UDL. My Science Teammate is our school ECoach. He will be very excited to see all that I have been exposed to about UDL. I am feeling more comfortable to try new incorporation in the classroom. I predict will have a WIKI page up by the end of the week.

Oct 9: I plan to incorporate PODCAST in my lessons ASAP. I have searched (at home) some free Podcasts on ITunes that I believe my students will enjoy. I also plans to show some of my colleagues the UDL video clips such as CommonCraft. I think many of them are engaging, informative, and direct. I hope it will motivate more teachers to be open minded to diverse ways to reach our students which is sometimes a struggle among our staff.



Blog Reflection #1:
The area of my curriculum that creates the most barriers is assessments. I find my curriculum allows for teacher flexibility of lessons and standards in the classroom. However, the county assessment and Benchmark tests need to be top priority according to administration and county department chairs. This in turns limits the experiences I can make available in the classroom. Day to day assessments, pre-assessments, and teacher lab assessments may allow for more UDL incorporation for me to attempt.


Culminating Activity #1:
UDL is a Universal Design for Learning. It is an approach to teaching which focuses on reaching all students in the classroom in a diversity of styles. The concept encourages teachers to first know your students abilities, learning profiles, multiple intelligences and interest. It then encourages teacher to incorporate lessons that have a variety of modalities so all students can be successful in learning. Lessons and activities should include engaging lessons.


Blog Reflection #2:
A benefit of analyzing the curriculum for strengths and weaknesses is to have a clear understanding of your Big Idea, objectives, and desired outcomes. Having a clear understanding of your curriculum and the direction you need to take your students is essential in my opinion. In your planning you can also foresee common misconception or weaknesses in the lesson based on prior experience. The curriculum also needs to be updated and current to accommodate the needs of our students. The curriculum needs to also be aligned with the State curriculum and expectations. Analyzing the curriculum allows these things mentioned to be a priority. The down side is if your curriculum is weak or in some cases unrealistically overloaded (in terms of time) what are our options as a teacher? Do you skip it, ignore it, mention it to someone?

Goal: Students will demonstrate knowledge of separating a mixture using physical means.


October 8, 2011
My students are beginning an Energy Research project on Monday. Many of the struggle with finding creative and new ways to presnet their project. I will suggest trying the google site found below for students to explore and possibly use to create.
http://www.google.com/google-d-s/presentations/

http://www.windows2universe.org/

Sample of menu project:
https://pantherfile.uwm.edu/edyburn/www/WavesTTT.pdf

Incorporate as a link for project:
http://lessonbuilder.cast.org/

Prompts:
1. Some barriers in traditional assessments are the lack of DI and assessment options.In most cases in a traditional assessment situation all students are taking the same test in the same style. The county, state, or national test gives teachers a snap shot view of how that student performs in a traditional testing situation. It doesn't necessarily give us a true understanding of whether or not the student has mastered the content. I have found traditional assessments are very difficult for some IEP and BASIC students who get easily frustrated that they know the material but may simply not understand what is being asked of them in that format.

2. Some challenges for offering varied options for assessments are preparation time, multiple grading rubrics, and multiple assessments formats. With multiple assessments it is also difficult to enter grades into the computer if all students are not being assessed on the same type of task. Many of my colleagues also point out that if we don't continue to also incorporate traditional assessments they will not be ready for those types of assessments when the county or state requires us to complete that style.


October 9, 2011
Dear Mr. Austin and Sixth grade Team,

The generations of students that are sitting in our classrooms today have very different learning needs from students of even a decade ago not to mention when most of us were students ourselves. This generation has many unique nicknames but an easy one that describes them well is the Net Generation. They are intelligent, connected, multitasking individuals that thrive on being connected to technology and social media.

I would love to see staff development lessons and expert speakers that can assist our staff in seeing new ways to meet the needs of these students. They learn in a very different fashion than our mainstream curriculum allows in many cases. And many of us are unaware of their needs. There are programs and resources out there that would engage and include these students in a deep discovery based education. As educators we need to learn more about their world and find ways to incorporate their learning preferences and styles into our classrooms. Podcast, Social Media, ITunes, Wiki spaces, Blogging, and Facebook are a few highlights of our Net Generations learning preferences. They may be excellent programs to explore and learn how to incorporate in our classroom.

There are many educators who would feel that making these changes into our curriculum or classroom would be an extreme battle for them. However, with education and knowledge hopefully we can get more educators on board to opening their eyes to the student’s needs. Thank you for your consideration and feedback.

Sincerely,
Angi Magno