Tuesday, January 21, 2014

Block One, Discussion B (Spring 2014)

Select a classmates flyer from the "Rules an Routines" folder in Google Docs. What items were similar to your own? Different? What did you consider the most relevant rule for YOUR flyer? Why?

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  2. My classroom rules and routines were designed for a first grade classroom. I will be comparing my flier to Katrice Donaldson's flier, where she is working with third grade students. The items that are most similar between the two fliers are the rules for being ready, respectful, and responsible. I feel those three rules encompass everything I wish for my students to be. Katrice and I have both expanded on those rules by listing daily routines that signify being ready, respectful, and responsible in our respective classrooms. The differences I see in the rules are related to the difference in age of the students. I notice Katrice has a few more routines listed under each main rule. I used fewer routines because I am working with younger students, and I did not want to overwhelm them with a long list. The most relevant rule on my flier is "Be Responsible". When a student is responsible, they will have their supplies ready, they will be nice to their classmates, they will take care of the classroom materials they use, and they will be sure to pack all necessary items to go home.

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  3. I believe my rules and procedures can be compared to that of Sadeem Alhaqbani. Even though we are a couple of grade levels apart, one rule that caught my attention was being respectful to everyone. In my opinion, this should be a universal rule all teachers ought to have in their classrooms, from k-12. In addition, no food or drinks allowed around workstations was a common rule between us. Since we are dealing with electronics, teachers need to stress a lot more on this rule. A spill from a drink can have lasting damaging effects on computers and hence this rule must be of top priority in computer labs. However, there were a lot of differences between our flyers. My rules had a little bit of humor in it. For instance take a rule like “Don’t lean back in your chair. If you fall, you could break your head”. I believe since am dealing with 2nd graders, humor adds to understanding the rules without undermining the importance. One rule that was different from mine I believe is worth taking note is being careful when using electronics. The most relevant rule of my flyer is “No food or drinks allowed around work stations”. This rule is relevant because of the damage I think food and drinks can have on electronics.

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    1. I liked you humorous approach to engage 2nd graders! With that being said, you draw a firm line with, "No food or drinks allowed around work stations" which 2nd graders should be able to understand. Nice mix for friendly and firm.

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    2. I believe rules must be engaging as the same time fun to remember.

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  4. Mrs. Donnelly’s Classroom Rules is a flyer that grabbed my attention. Not only did every picture tie in with the theme, each rule was able to be expanded upon and enhanced to another grade level if necessary. While I looked over Mrs. Donnelly’s rules, many of them looked the same as four I commonly use. The difference is that each teacher adds his or her own flare. The difference is that the pictures she presented would be elementary for my grade level. As we have seen with the “Double Rainbow Guy” from YouTube, in 8th grade a lady bug with a pencil would make people go viral in the same unbelievably cute crazy awkward way. I would have to choose: II. Keep hands and feet and other objects to yourself. It is unbelievable how many other objects students find to touch each other in 8th grade. I would be afraid that if the other objects were not included students would unplug the mouse and use it as a whip while playing Lone Ranger around the classroom. “Hi, Ho, little Johnny, Away!”

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  5. My classroom rules were designed for a Sixth Grade classroom. I will be comparing my flyer to Mr. Washko’s flyer, where he is working with sixth grade students like me. He focuses on the rules for laptop and tablet rules. But there is a difference; I am talking about general rules for the digital learner. Also he talks about any social use and personal information of the laptop. There are some similarities between my flyer and he flyer as food/drink never allowed in the classroom. In addition to, the other flyer students for example: respectful, care to computers and mouse, do not eating and drinking on the classroom. In the end there is agreement on the importance of having rules in the classroom for K12.

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    1. I am choose 6th grade because I think that 6th grade needs to more work because the students will move to new stages.

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  6. My rules and routines were designed for the 3rd grade. As a result, I looked at Katrice's flyer. It appears Katrice and I share the same philosophy about being prepared and being respectful. The most glaring differences between my and Katrice's flyer were format and color scheme. I loved Katrice's flyer because it gave routines as examples of the rules listed above. For some reason when I completed my flyer, I figured the rules and routines were related. However, I did not relate them as closely as Katrice. In my opinion, the most important rule on my flyer was the first rule listed: Be Respectful. This rule is most important to me because I believe that all interactions with someone must start with a certain level of respect in order to do unto others as you would have them do unto you. In my experience, respect is the beginning of any relationship. From the basis of respect, all other rules flow.

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  7. After reviewing the various Rules & Routines documents, I selected Sadeem Alhaqbani's flyer to compare and contrast. In regards to similarities, Sadeem and I listed following directions as our first rule. Respecting others, respecting school property, and being prepared were also items that were both listed. In regards to differences, I listed that students needed to raise their hand to be called on and for permission to leave their seat. Entering the classroom in a proper manner, participating during lessons, and cleanliness within the classroom were similarities that were listed for routines. Being gentle with technological equipment in the classroom was a difference amongst us.
    I considered following directions the first time they are given to be my most relevant rule. In order for individuals to be successful in life, they must learn to follow directions. Not being able to follow directions could result in consequences. Rules and laws are established to assist with this aspect in hopes to create effective learning environments and an excelling society.

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  8. My classroom rules & routines are for a 4th grade classroom. My flyer is similar to Rasheed’s flyer in some items, and his flyer was designed for 2nd grade. The items which are similar between mine and Rasheed’s flyer are being respectful, being polite, and taking special care of using computers. We have the same procedure. For example, rising hands when help is needed, and no food or drinks around the computer area. However, there are some differences. Rasheed focused on some rules and routines that are related to the computer lab, but I just used few general rules for classroom management then I focused on fewer routines about using computers. The most relevant rule on my flyer is (Respect everyone and school property). I believe that when children have a full meaning about being respectful to each other and the school property, they will keep in their minds that everything in class or school is valuable, they will avoid damage school materials, they would be nice and polite to their teachers and classmates.

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    1. Respect is very essential in every aspect of life especially in the classroom. As you stated, respect is universal and is not limited to teachers and peers but school equipment as well. When they have that notion in mind, they will view everything as valuable.

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  9. I chose Batong Rasheed's "Rules and Routines" flyer. We both had 2nd grade. Looking over his rules, I see that we both had rules that dealt with respect and food and drink and raising your hand. I did not go into specifics like leaning back in your chair, but I did ask for the kids to stay seated. I really enjoyed Mr. Batong's procedure number four entitled "Think before you leave the lab." This was a creative way to make sure the student saves all his or her work, closes all programs, and prepares the computer for the next class. A spiffy rule I could incorporate into my procedure.

    With no food and drink in the classroom, it is easier to stay away from water damage or electric problems. With thirty to thirty-five young kids bringing in food and drink into the classroom, there is huge room for spills, leaks, and messes for the teacher to deal with. This will take away from instruction time for the students. Eliminating food and drink from the lab and classroom will help five time back to instructing the class and the reason why it is the most relevant rule for my classroom.

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    1. I like how you further elaborated the effects food and drinks can have on the learning process apart from just damaging electronics. Instructional time is very precious especially when you have limited time to teach a lesson, spills and smears from food can distract the class and hence affect instructional time.

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  10. After comparing several classmates flyer to mines, I selected Lights, Camera 4th grade Ms. Henderson's Classroom Rules and Procedures. Ms. Henderson had several items that was similar to my own flyer such as, in her rules section she stated that students should follow directions, be prepared, and be respectful. Ms. Henderson had a difference which was that students should listen carefully, participate in each lesson, and clean up before the leave. I feel that listening and participating in class is very important because, if a student is actively participating in the class teacher will know that he or she is understanding what is being taught. The most relevant rule that I considered was that students should come to class prepared and ready to learn. This is important to me because, students will be ready to learn the important knowledge and skills that they need. As a future teacher I will communicate my expectations about preparation for class during the first few weeks of the new school year. This will help students understand what I expect of them when the come to class each day. Also, I will have consequences if students are not prepared for class.

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  11. I chose Katrice Donaldson's flyer to compare to mine. She had 3rd grade and I had 7th grade. We both thought that our students should be prepared to learn and be respectful. In my rules, I indicated that students should follow all school rules to be safe. Katrice also had a similar rule. One of her rules was , Be safe. The rules that were different from mine were, Be responsible and handle electronics with care.

    I think the most relevant rule on my flyer was; Follow all school rules. All school rules are designed to create a conducive learning environment that is safe for teaching and learning. So if students are reminded of the importance of this rule, then they will learn both in and outside class. Also, as teachers, our responsibility is to mold model citizens. It is therefore important that we remind students that outside class, their are other rules that they are held countable to.

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  13. In this era of high-stakes testing, constantly evolving curriculum, and swiftly changing methods of best practice, the establishment of rules and procedures is essential to the efficient running of the modern, fast paced classroom. Like curriculum, rules and procedures must be taught to students and practiced. To shorten the learning curve of your classroom rules and procedures, research by H. Wong has determined that the solicitation of student input in the development of classroom rules and procedures lends it self to them being learned more quickly and followed more consistently than those established solely by the teacher and without their input. To adhere to the rules of the class and follow the procedures in place will, in turn, develop a culture of respect and an environment of efficiency for learning.
    The readings that inspired the reflection for this blog post pertained to the establishment of rules and procedures and the roles that technology plays in the new age classroom. For the purpose of my blog entry, I expanded upon the readings to develop classroom rules and procedures that focused specifically on the digital learner and not for the classroom in general. I feel that I may have focused wrongly on specifically the rules and procedures as related to the student as a digital learner and did not cite general classroom rules and procedures in this piece of my work. With that being said, my work showed similarity to the work of Mr. Alwuraili with regard to respect for your fellow student and teacher as well as respect for the hardware and its proper usage on a daily basis.
    The respect for others in the class is the most important thread I share with Mr. Alwuraili. I value its practice as vital to the efficient operation of a challenging yet fun classroom environment. As students respect one another and their teachers, this idea can lead to the transference of respect from the classroom to proper netiquette in digital communication with others who may be very different for their classmates. This over-arching concept of respect for one another in light of our differences parlays itself into a student’s ability to participate in interesting, non-offensive, and culturally accepting communication with other students around the globe as never imagined. The possibilities for improving our world through respect and acceptance of one another will hopefully lead, through enriching and civil communication, to many new and exciting ideas. It is this hope for acceptance and respect for one another that I strive to instill in my students that will allow them to contribute to the change of the world for the better. This is why I consider the shared similarity of Mr. Alwuraili’s work and mine with regard to the establishment of respect to be so very, very important.

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    1. I have added a brief, general class rules that I have used in practicum to expand on general rules and procedures as my previous submission focused solely on rules applied to the use of technology in the class and digital learning tools.

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    2. I totally agree with you on the involvement of students in the process of making class rules. Students tend to obey it more and to some extend make the rules and consequences even firmer.

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  14. My rules and routine flyer was designed for a 1st grade classroom and I am going to compare it to the "Star Student" flyer. I am not sure what grade this is for but I would guess elementary aged students. I really liked the acronym used on the flyer. I think that will help remind the students of the rules. If students aren't following certain rules or routines the teacher can ask "are you being a STAR student?" This flyer was similar to mine because it was short and to the point. With younger students I think it is important to use simple rules and remind the students of basic rules like how to walk in the hall, keeping their desks neat and to follow directions. The pictures also help keep it fun and engaging for the students. I had clip art on my flyer but for some reason it didn't show up so compared to this flyer mine looks like a total dud! I think my most important rule is to raise your hand before you speak. This is a rule that will be used all the way through school and it is important to make sure the young first grade students know how important it is to be patient and raise your hand when you need to speak. Even as a college student when open discussion is the norm I sometimes catch myself raising my hand to speak.

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  15. Katrice Heyward DonaldsonFebruary 11, 2014 at 9:45 AM

    The classmate's flyer I selected was Dale McCoy's. I am majoring in Curriculum and Instruction, eventually, looking to teach between 7-12th grade. I understand that wording and the way rules are stated depends upon grade level. Our rules are similar in that we want our students to be respectful and keep their hands and feet to themselves. They differ in regards to wording. Dale's use of the word "deviation" for 8th graders would be a bit advanced for my 3rd graders. I also liked his positive spin on the procedures. They were stated lighthearted, yet appropriate and point made.
    The rule I felt most important on my flyer was "Be Ready to learn and Have Fun." Obviously, school is the place where learning takes place, however, to some students that can be a bit boring. My goal is to get students engaged in learning and motivated to absorb all the information that will be taught. If students can equate a lesson with a positive emotion attached to that lesson then they are more prone to retain the content.

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  16. My classroom rules and routines were designed for 5th grade. I found that my flyer is similar to Kieohnica Smith's flyer. The similarities in the rules, respect teacher and everyone, be prepared for the class. I have rule that said: we will not talk while others are talking. so, I found this rule has a similar meaning with a rule in Smith's flyer which is: rais your hand and wait to be called on. On the other hand, there were some differences such as, I selected pay attention, be nice to each other. and Smith selected follow directions, keep your working areas clean, and have fun learning.
    The similarities in our procedures were, enter the classroom politely, turning in your homework.

    The most relevant rule for my flyer is Respect your teacher and everyone. I believe in that if the students respect their teachers and everyone, they will do the other rules, They will be nice o each other, they will be prepared for their class, they will pay attention, and they will not talk while others are talking.

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  17. When comparing all of the classroom rules and procedure documents, the one most similar to mine was Miad's 6th Grade Class Laptop Use Rules. We both highlighted the word "Be" in an effort to convey desired behavior in the classroom. In both sets of rules, the word "Be" is used to give ownership to the behavior the children are striving to accomplish. There was however a difference in the way we used "Be" in our documents. Miad explains what being diligent, respectful, disciplined and cooperative means, whereas I use "Be" as a starting place for more in depth conversation in class.

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    1. The most relevant expectation on my flyer is to be respectful to yourself, and others. Growing up there were many instances where my teacher's did not manage that component well, which made the environment very uncomfortable for the quiet students like myself, the platform to ask questions or contribute to classroom discussions.

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  18. During the last several decades, educationalist have debated the need for digital technology in the classroom, but overall there are solid reasons why it should be used, and how it can prepare children for the future. Primary level students typically have short attention spans and lacks discipline, therefore providing an educational outlet via digital technology will be beneficial. Successfully integrating digital technology rules and classroom procedures will depend on the teacher’s core competencies, and the effective practice of classroom management. With any implementation of change, the facilitator must take the lead, and introduce students to proper protocol through constant practice and reassurance. The colleague that reflects my thought of the educational best practices and procedures that will work well in a class setting is Mr. Washko’s sixth grade class laptop and tablet use rules. Washko outlined expectations in a very specific manner, which leaves little room for ambiguity. His practical expectancies come equipped with cyber safety, technical difficulty issues, and sanitation instructions. Washko also gives students viable consequences if any incidents or infractions occur. My flyer differs from Washko’s in implicit details. Washko leaves no room for interpretation, and has concrete constancy in his rules and procedures. I believe it is most important for scholars to understand the importance of proper care and maintenance with any unit. When introducing a new device to a student population, it is extremely important for the students to understand what the device is intended for, why it’s important to understand how the device works and how it’s maintained, also that using digital technology is a privilege and should be treated with respect.

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  19. Ms. Bank’s “Rules and Routines” flyer and mine share similar qualities including the rule of respecting others and the routine of raising your hand get the teacher’s attention. Several of her other rules and routines that differ from mine are specific to the use of technology including “no food or drinks near the computer stations” and “log[ging] on and off at the end of each use.” The most relevant rule on my flyer is “be your best” because it embraces students at all achievement levels. I think it’s also important because it recognizes that while students may not be the best, they can always be their best selves which encompasses respect, preparedness and achievement in the classroom, and beyond.

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  20. I reviewed Mr. Washko’s 6th Grade Class Laptop and Tablet Use Rules. I think his set of rules and were very precise and clearly stated. The rules also included the punishment for not abiding by the rules which is something my list lacked. I like how rule number four states “Never give out personal information.” This rule is very important for students to reflect upon early in their technology education. We both stated that food and drink was not allowed. This rule seems to be very common among all rules states.
    The most relevant rule for my flyer was: “Maintain Kindness and Respect for yourself and others.” This rule for me is the basis for classroom management. I feel respect is a two way street in the classroom – meaning I will give students respect and I deserve respect as well. This can be applied to fellow students and faculty as well.

    Reem B Halasa

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