Tuesday, May 31, 2011
|I'm not sure......|
|Let me take a minute to think about that...|
|I want to grow up to be a doctor!|
|Recently, I gave up wearing my hat..... in exchange for the shade provided by....|
|My new bright red umbrella!|
|Now this change did not come about because of the rain.... since the rains had not yet started when I actually bought the umbrella..... |
rather... I got the umbrella for...
|The sun! An umbrella I've learned, provides a lot more shade than a hat.|
Added bonus, the umbrella does not mess up my hair by disturbing the gel I now use.
But then.... I'm not a vain person, so who cares!
|Proximity is an easy classroom management tool to use.... by moving throughout the classroom, the teacher can monitor learning, check for understanding, and bring students back on task if need be.|
|This workshop on assessment was one of the first sessions I held with the teachers. It was intense, fast paced, with lots of activities.|
|Assessment: it is a process, done over time, to collect information to improve student learning.|
First I created a three part Graphic Organizer on the board to explain the three types of assessment: diagnostic, formative and summative.
When: before instruction
What: to find out what the child already knows.
Why: to plan next steps
Examples: pre-test, IQ test
When: during instruction
What: part of the classroom routine
Why: to help with lesson planning
Examples: quiz, homework, review games, lab work
When: at the end of instruction
What: information on student learning over time
Why: to provide feedback to student, parents, teacher and administration.
Examples: term exams, Cambridge exams
|That's me in this summative assessment drawing!|
|Can you guess which of the three types of assessment this one is showing?|
|Diagnostic assessment..... and so proud of it!|
Monday, May 30, 2011
|One of the three restaurants on Holhudhoo Island.|
|Boat building and repair is one of the few industries on the island.|
|Here's the drug store.... usually opens about 6 p.m. However the pharmacist is great... I needed contact lens cleaner and he did not have it available. So he special ordered it for me from the capital.|
|The two story blue building is the island's indoor sports center. Directly in front of the sport's center is one of the island's mosques.|
|The inside of the sport's center.|
|The island's administrative office.|
|The diesel powered electric power plant.|
|The island's cemetery.|
|Fishing is both an industry in the Maldives as well as a sport.|
|Lots of little stores can be found on the island. This one is selling mainly clothing.|
|Theses are almost like convenience stores, carrying a little bit of everything... bottled water, stationary, canned foods, soap, snacks....|
|A few of the little stores also carry fresh fruits (apples and oranges) and vegetables (potatoes, carrots, and onions).|
|I think I've counted three trucks on the island. Few motorcycles and the health center has an ambulance. One can pretty much walk along any street on the island and not worry about traffic.|
|The island's streets are made of a fine sand and ground corral mixture. When it rains, water often stands in the street.... eventually seeping down to help replenish the somewhat salty underground fresh water reservoir.|
|Many of the houses have large plastic containers for storing rain water. This is the water that people rely heavily upon for their source of drinking water.|
|Crows are everywhere on the island. I've not been able to get a photo yet of the huge flying bats. Actually, the bats are larger than the crows!|
|Children's play ground area.|
|The island has a health center with one doctor.|
|Rajan is the health center's lab technician.|
Now, should Mr. T take this guy's advice and buy that gel?
|Or should Mr. T take this guy's advice and buy this gel?|
|Good listening skills involve more than just your ears!|
|Mr. T explains to the teachers how their students' listening skills can be developed over time.... using some fun and rather unusual approaches.|