Thursday, April 19, 2012

Bulletin Board

Doing my bulletin board was a fun experience. Me and my partner  Rabia loved the way the bulletin board came out. We had a little problem finding the right time to start the project because we tried twice going to the classroom to begin but it was always occupied. So we agreed to meet on the same day that it was due at 8:30 in the morning, but because we were so prepared time was not an issue.

Lesson Plan Reflection

 I had done lesson plans in the past and I found them very easy and fast to do, but I felt that this particular lesson was the hardest and most time consuming one that I have ever done.  I thought it was perfect, so I decided to email it ahead of time to prof. Luongo for some feedback. Prof. Luongo replied really fast to my email and to my surprise I had to change almost every thing on my lesson plan. I am glad I was able to fix all my mistakes before handing in my lesson plan. My behavior plan was to keep the class busy at all times, so the students would not have time to misbehave. It worked really well because the lesson went very smooth.

My objectives were as following:
  1. Students will be able to read about “Spanish Cuisine” and use KWLH chart.
  2. Students will be able to order food in Spanish.
  3. Students will be able to choose their desired food from the menu.
  4. Students will be able to ask and respond to questions about their order with the waitress.
 The assessment measures of my lesson were formative and summative. The formative assessment was done by walking around the room and making sure that every student was working on the assignment. The summative assessment was done by having students role play ordering food in a restaurant. My lesson was executed as I wrote. I used index cards to help me not to forget anything. The most important thing that I tried to teach to my students was the cultural part of the lesson, which was about courtesy manners in a Spanish restaurant. I think it went well because I had a student read an article out loud and then each student complete a KLWH chart. I learned from my students that a teacher needs to be well prepared to be able to answer any question that the students might have. From my lesson I would have done different the “do know” I would have a question relate to the lesson to catch the students attention as soon as they walk into the classroom. To do my lesson more effective I would hand out a restaurant menu to the students, so they get more familiar with the menu before role-playing ordering food. I think I need to improve my power point presentation, since it felt short.  

Sunday, March 11, 2012

Digital Story Reflection

Making a digital story is a very time consuming project. The first step is to choose a story.  The chosen story needs to have a main idea and a question that will be answered at the end of the story. After that, is time to collect pictures and videos that will reflect the story.  Then, the narrative of the story needs to be recorded, the tone of voice must change depending on the sequence of the story and must show emotions that reflect the progression of the story. In addition, music could be added to the story. After all that is done, it would be time to go to the computer and put a beautiful digital story together. The biggest struggle that I had was to put my voice and music together. I couldn’t do it in my computer, so I decided to have my CD playing going while I recorded my voice. That solved my problem. As I said before, making a digital story takes a lot of time. It is not a project that can be done in one hour, a project like this need least ten hours to be done.

Friday, February 24, 2012

End of day 2

My partner was out today. I was able to go over photostory 3. I think is an easier program than movie maker. For the next few days I am to share my experiences with photo story 3 with my partner and maybe we can agree to use to program for our digital story, which is due next Friday.

What I like to learn is how to put a background music while talking and how to add subtiltles to the digital story.

Don Quijote

Please meet Don Quijote de la Mancha and Sancho Pancha.

Digital story day 2

Today I would like to learn about photo story 3. I want to find out if I can work better with that program than movie maker.