It has been a few week's since the conference, however, the learning from that day continues to percolate in my mind. I wanted to bring to your attention an excellent blog post entitled A new 3R's, by Laurel Fynes, a fellow Kindergarten teacher and blogger. She really captured that day well, as did Tracy in her post "Don't be phony...how do you talk to your children?" and Kylie in her blog post "Beyblades, and Toys at School."
I am going to save my reflections about Lilian Katz and Carol Anne Wien’s presentations for a separate blog post. For now, you might want to read through some of the other bloggers' thoughts on the conference that I mentioned above. If you know of more blog posts about this conference, please let me know and I can add them to this growing list!
This week I would like to put "On Display" my presentation at the "Co-Constructing Contexts for Meaningful Engagement" Conference entitled:
Children's Treasures: Toys and Tinkering as Powerful Entries for Curriculum and Research
Please note that this is my first attempt at sharing a presentation over YouTube. I am still trying to figure out the quality for the slides, speed of my audio recording, appropriate transitions, but feel all in all that it’s a good first attempt! I thought that I would “tinker” around with iMovie (seemed appropriate for my presentation topic) and audio record the introduction, to make those who could not attend have a context about what was discussed. Although I would have loved to present throughout all of the slides, I am in the middle of my own writing for my graduate studies and am unable to at the moment. This was a positive experience for me, and I will either edit this video as a full online presentation or begin to create others. Please continue to visit our YouTube Channel from time to time. I feel that I have opened myself up to a whole new world of teaching, learning, and collaborating with others, without even having to leave my own home! I’m also very pleased to share content that not all are able to hear due to travel costs, conference costs, and scheduling conflicts.
So without further ado here is the “Children’s Treasures Presentation March 2013” that I created for our YouTube Channel:
During the presentation, I also had two slides that turned into video clips of our students creating a Lego Ninjago Village...
...and a Fairy Land
When children's treasures are welcomed into the classroom they provide endless possibilities for meaningful engagement, inquiry, and learning.
I also like how Sergio Pascucci welcomes toys into his Kindergarten classroom in his post "Embracing Beyblade Play." It is another great blog to visit!
To close this “On Display” Friday feature, I wanted to share with you that I’m not a “techy” person, rather I am a person who is not afraid of tinkering with technology. When I don’t know how to do something, first I google my question or ask someone more knowledgeable on Twitter to find out. In my life I try to model what Mrs. Ham and I teach our students to do every day: be curious, ask questions, and try your best. I am persistent and I don’t give up easily, even when things prove to be more challenging than I expected. When our students see this, they too show their personal best and aren’t afraid to try something new, even if takes a few tries to get it right!
Let’s be all that we want to see in our students and more!
Happy long week-end and Easter to those who celebrate it...