<![CDATA[Tsmith - ECbabble]]>Sat, 28 Nov 2015 16:32:11 -0800Weebly<![CDATA[Environmental Design]]>Sun, 04 Dec 2011 22:17:23 GMThttp://tiffanyksmith.weebly.com/ecbabble/environmental-designFor this task we had to do some research on classroom set up and what the best kind of layout is for students. We each had to find two articles about this subject. Based on what I have read, the best design for a classroom is not the design that we are all used to. It needs to be open and appeal to all the senses. This is even for middle school and high school. It is important for children of any age to do hands on stuff and learn that way instead of just listening to a lecture. Some of us in the class have been at a school actually teaching and we had to sketch that classroom. The sketch is attached below. This is a 7th grade classroom and a public middle school. I like the layout over all but I would try to have more of a center type set up. For instance have the desks grouped so the students all always in groups. I would have a certain area for art stuff and a certain area with some books in it that they can check out.The teacher that has this classroom has a smart board. It is at the front of the class but she chooses to use the white board at the back of the room to write assignments. I think that it would be more effective to have the assignments and standards at the front of the room instead of the back. I like how here teacher area is. It is infront of the class so she can keep an eye them and she has a table behind her desk for extra storage. 

Over all this is a pretty good class room but It is not how I would choose to do it. Right now I want to try to have my students in groups. Who knows how my classroom will be though it could very possible change. 

<![CDATA[Letter Cards and Digital Story ]]>Sun, 04 Dec 2011 21:42:12 GMThttp://tiffanyksmith.weebly.com/ecbabble/letter-cards-and-digital-storyFor our task 5: Constructing Materials, we had to create our own sand paper letters which are commonly used in the Montessori school. We also had to create a digital story about us. These projects were fairly easy and kind of enjoyable. My favorite was the photo story. 

The photo story was our autobiography. We had to get pictures of us from when we were born to now and make a story about it. I used imovie maker for Mac. At first it was kind of hard just trying to figure out how to use it. I had never really used it before and this gave me a reason to play around with it and figure it out. Once I got the hand of it is was quit easy. iMovie has so many options for backgrounds, how the words and pictures come in, and even a great selection of different kinds of music. I liked that they had music to choose from because that keeps the copyright issues to a minimum. It only took a few hours to do it. The only reason it took that long was because I was using it for the first time and making sure everything was lined up ok. Again there are so many options for different things and it takes a while to go through it all and pick out what you want. It was a great experience and it turned out very well! 

The letter cards were ok. They were not exactly "fun" but they were not bad. We had to get dicuts of the letters, but they had to be black, and punch a hole in them where you would start the letter. That was the hardest part just because we learned to write years and years ago and our hand writing has evolved since then, such as how we make letters. So, it was kind of hard trying to figure out where they started but we talked about it in class and I got it figured out. The vowels and consonants had to be two different colors. I choose to have my vowels lime green and my consonants pink. We had to glue our letters onto a piece of card stock cut in half. After that we had to get them laminated so they will last a long time. I believe that lamination is the best invention ever! After that we had to make pockets for them. All that was was getting the same color card stock and folding the bottom up so that you have a little pocket and label them. 

This two projects were really great and I am glad that we got to them. Attached below are pictures of the letter cards in their pockets. There is also a place that you can click to see my photo story. 

Click here for photo story. 

<![CDATA[Santa Kid project ]]>Sun, 04 Dec 2011 03:59:23 GMThttp://tiffanyksmith.weebly.com/ecbabble/santa-kid-projectThis task is called the Interdisciplinary Project. We had to read the book Santa Kid by James Patterson. This book is very cute and really hits the nail on the head with what Christmas has become. The summary is that Santa's daughter tells the story about when things started changing. She says first of all that Santa is just like any other dad before Christmas. He is not fat and does not have white hair. At Christmas he makes all the changes needed. She talks about how a company comes in and buys the North Pole and completely tries to change Christmas. It is up to Santa Kid to save Christmas. Each student in my class was assigned a certain curriculum and we had to come up with an activity for our area about Santa Kid. 

I was assigned Dramatic Play. I was not able to find an activity to go along with it so I just made up my own. I said to have the children make puppets of the characters in the story then reread the story and have them act it out. Each child would get a different character and when it got to their part they would come up and act it out as I read the story. I believe children would really get into this activity. Not only is it getting them active but it also incorporates art. 

This task was pretty cool. I got introduced to a new story and it was kind of fun coming up with an activity that goes along with the story. Below is the link to the story. You should check it out! It is very cute and really opens eyes to what Christmas has become compared to what it should be. ENJOY : ) 

Click here to read Santa KId by James Patterson 
<![CDATA[Assessment and LapD ]]>Mon, 21 Nov 2011 03:54:03 GMThttp://tiffanyksmith.weebly.com/ecbabble/assessment-and-lapdFor this task we went over the LapD assessment. This is a test for children ages 6 months to 12 years. This test can be administered by anyone and consists if eight catogories. We were able to see first hand what this test was like. We were the ones taking it and giving it. We were all split up into groups of two and everyone got to shoe the test they were assigned to. My group had the cognitive: counting test. We also had to pick out a childhood toy and say how we would use it to asses a child based on their age and what they should be able to do. We also had to create a book of our favorite childhood toy and tell how it would be used to asses a child at the appropriate age. 

I was the test taker the first time and I had a cup and several balls. My partner showed me what to do and read the directions then asked me to do what she did. I had to pay close attention to how many she put in the cup and listen to the words in the directions. It was Rey easy to do. Obviously it will be more difficult for a younger child. I believe the activity that my partner did was a math game. She had to multiply or something like that . These practices seemed so easy but they are great ways to see how far along your child is in their developmental process. For the booklet I chose my Ariel barbie doll. I loved playing Barbies and the little mermaid has always been my favorite movie. We had to come up with activities to do for physical, intellectual, language, emotional, and social. I will give you an example of what we had to do. So, for social a four year old, which is the age I chose for my toy, should have some best friends. I suggested that a little mermaid themed part for the child and her friends would be good. 

It was pretty cool learning about different assessment tools and actually work with one first hand. If I ever have to do this I will be a lot more comfortable using it in my classroom if I am put with the age group these assessments are meant for. The booklet was pretty fun and I enjoyed looking at my old toys and writing about activities for a toy that was my favorite. It was a good flashback to being little.  ]]>
<![CDATA[Constructivist theory and young children]]>Thu, 22 Sep 2011 20:06:26 GMThttp://tiffanyksmith.weebly.com/ecbabble/first-post
For this blog we are gonna be talking about Piaget and his contribution to the world of psychology and our understand of how children work, as well as, how to better teach them. Piaget is most famous for his constructivist theory. This theory states that humans generate knowledge and meaning from an interaction between their experiences and ideas. Let's get started!!

Piaget was a psychologist and philosopher from Switzerland. He believed that children learn by associating what they know with their environment. He says that children will see a fluffy dog and from then on, until they learn, associate all fluffy animals as a dog. This process is called assimilation. Assimilation's definition is "fitting information into existing schemas or categories". 
There are two other process that Piaget founded. Equilibrium is one, and equilibration is the other. I believe that Piaget really has been a wonderful contributor to the educational world. He is right on the money too! I mean any of us who have been around really young children know that they have not yet realized that any fluffy animal is not a dog or cat or whatever. It is actually very comical when they say that. 

Speaking of comical, there is a ToonDoo comic at the bottom of this blog that goes along with the assimilation part of Piaget's theory. You should take a look!