Friday, July 13, 2007

Eager to participate

Our first day of school will be Augusst 27th for students, August 20th for us. I am at Mint Hill Middle School, teaching exceptional education resource. We are divided into 4 90 minute blocks a day, with 4 minutes passing time and 25 minutes for lunch.

My first block class will be a class of 6th, 7th and 8th grade EC social studies/science students. We meet on alternate days. I am responsible for teaching the grade appropriate standard course of study for these children, so am feeling a bit overwhelmed at this point with 6 preparations here. Using the blogging (hopefully I can access this at school and let the kids write themselves) will be a great tool to help prepare them for their 7th grade writing class (did I mention that I will also be teaching one block of 6th language arts and one 7th language arts--and I have had to become certified in all core subjects at the secondary level in order to teach in NC because of the No Child Left Behind.)

I love the suggestions for the first day of school. I will have our pet with me on back-to-school night (Webkins are in very short supply here. I saw a few yesterday and fell in love with the Panda and Koala.) The students in the first block class will name her and we will go from there.

I forsee this as a great tool for use in my behavior plans also. (My students are learning disabled, ADHD, ADD, high level austistic and beharior/emotional disordered). They will love being able to take "'kin" home for the weekend and/or holidays.

My plan, if they are unable to get into a blog area, is to have them e-mail me with their postings and I will do simple cutting and pasting into the area.

Will we be able to post pictures? I keep my digital camera with me always and usually have some great candids.

Thanks for allowing us to participate!! I'd love to get the locations from all the participants so that we can keep our world map well pinned!!

I am from Charlotte, NC and our school is out in the county, SW of the big city. We are the home of the Carolina Panthers pro football team and the Carolina Bobcats NBA team. Banking/finance is our primary business with HQ for Wachovia and Bank of America being here.


Tracy Muller said...

Hello Pat,
You sound very busy! I'm so happy that you will join us! Yes you are able to post your photos here. You will put your pictures onto an application such as Rock You and then copy and paste the code into a new post here. Let me know if you have any questions. I can't wait to see what your students come up with! Tracy

GlassArtis said...

Hi Pat,
I am just getting started and will be bringing my webkinz to my rural Northern Nevada intermediate school. I teach 6th grade English. This is my first year at this school, so I'm unsure of the technology that is available at this time.
I think that this project will be a great way to incorporate technology into the curriculum and be very motivating and engaging to students.
I look forward to getting to know you and others in the project. I, too will keep a world map showing the residence of other Webkinz.

I'll talk to you soon,

Kim Dooley said...

Hi Pat,

I also teach in North Carolina at an elementary school in Winston-Salem. I teach second grade and I am very interested in ways to incorporate the Webkinz into our classroom. Can't wait to blog and learn more about everyone else. Kim

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