Every year once winter starts I begin my annual snow rituals. I pray for snow. I do my snow dance (Hey! I use to be a preschool teacher and no one knows how to snow dance like preschoolers!), I flush ice cubes down the toilet, wear my PJs inside out, and I sing, "Let it Snow", "I'm Dreaming of a White Christmas", and "Winter Wonderland". Each year some one asks me why I pray so hard for snow if I truly love my job as much as I claim. First of all, no one that knows me could ever doubt my passion for what I do. In spite of all the stupid mandates handed down from ignorant politicians (but I will leave those for another discussion), I would not trade my job for all the money in the world. However, unless you are a teacher you will never really be able to appreciate a snow day. And since Virginia is a right to work state, snow days are an educational benefit that the rest of the you can enjoy even if you are not a member of the teacher's union. But don't forget to thank a teacher for the blessed white stuff!
On the 6th day, God created men and women...
On the 7th day, he rested...not so much to recuperate, but rather
to prepare himself for the work he was going to do on the next day.
For it was on that day...the 8th day...that God created the FIRST
This TEACHER, though taken from among men and women, had
several significant modifications.
In general, God made the TEACHER more durable than other men
The TEACHER was made to arise at a very early hour and to go to bed no earlier than 11:30 P.M. with no rest in between...the TEACHER had to be able to withstand being locked up in an air-tight classroom for six hours with 35 "monsters" on a rainy Monday...and, the TEACHER had to be fit enough to correct 103 term papers over Easter vacation.
Yes, God made the TEACHER tough...but gentle too...
The TEACHER was equipped with soft hands to wipe away the tears of the neglected and lonely student...as well as those of the 16-year-old girl who was not asked to the prom.
And, into the TEACHER God poured a generous amount of patience...
Patience when a student asks to repeat the directions the TEACHER
has just repeated for someone else...patience when the kids forget their lunch money for the fourth day in a row...patience when one-third of the class fails the test...patience when the textbooks haven't arrived yet, and the semester starts tomorrow.
And God gave the TEACHER a heart slightly bigger than the average
For the TEACHER's heart had to be big enough to love the kid who
screams, "I hate this class! It's boring!"...and to love the kid who
runs out of the classroom at the end of the period without so much as a "goodbye," let alone a "thank you."
And lastly, God gave the TEACHER an abundant supply of hope.
For God knew that the TEACHER would always be hoping...
Hoping that the kids would someday learn how to spell...hoping not
to have lunchroom duty...hoping that Friday would come...hoping for
a free day....hoping for deliverance.
When God finished creating the TEACHER, he stepped back and
admired the work of his hands. And God saw that the TEACHER was
good. Very Good!
And God smiled, for when he looked at the TEACHER, he saw into
the future. He knew that the future would be in the hands of TEACHERS.
And, because God loved TEACHERS so much, on the 9th day...
God created, "Snow Days!"
The Library Media Specialst in one of my schools sent out a link to this AMAZING site with lots of FREE tools. The site is called Super Teacher Tools. You can find several different games that you could make and place a link to on your site or download as a flash file and import into a smart notebook document. My favorite is the QR Code generator. They also have a free ebook maker as well as a very basic learning management system. This site has it all!
While sitting in a county technology meeting I was introduced to a GREAT site called Interactive Assessment. This site is absolutely free and should not be confused with Interactive Achievement. This site contains items that are very similar to the TEI questions on the Virginia Standards of Learning test. The students can drag manipulatives in order to solve mathematical questions. There are manipulatives for all grades 2-7 as well as Pre-Algebra, Algebra, Algebra 2, and Geometry.
This upcoming Saturday I will be in Radford working with a group of pre-service teachers. I will be presenting VEA's ITeach workshop. This workshop showcases a bunch of tools that you can use to integrate technology into your curriculum. Some of these I haven't played with in a while so I am posting things as I refresh my memory on these amazing tools. These are wonderful ways to help your students tell their own stories.
Animoto combines still images with music to create a free 30 second slide show. The slide show below stars my beautiful grandson, Ryan.
Go Animate allows you to choose your characters and scenes along with either recorded text or using a text to speech feature to make one of a kind videos. the video below was created quickly and is a celebration of VA's new governor.
_Hi, my name is Melanie Lewis. I am an Instructional Technology Resource Teacher for Amherst County Public Schools,
located in the beautiful state of Virginia. I LOVE my job! I get to
work on my hobby, anything that has to do with computers. I get to work
with teachers and students, and I am definitely a people person. Plus,
I DO NOT have to give grades. Wonderful, huh? Let me know how I can help you better integrate technology into your classroom.
ACPS' 1st computers
I know only one thing about the technology that awaits us in the future: We will find ways to tell stories with it. ~Jason Ohler