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Jodee Junge

  • Jodee Junge posted a new activity comment 3 years, 5 months ago

    Thanks for the comment and kind words. I’m happy to help if you need anything.

  • Jodee Junge posted a new activity comment 3 years, 5 months ago

    I love how this brought the whole unit together, especially the economics concepts of goods, services, trading, buying, selling, etc. I’m sure 2nd grade WAS the envy of the elementary. Well done!

  • Jodee Junge posted a new activity comment 3 years, 5 months ago

    Love this Tanya! Seeing your story with your own writing and illustrations had to be so cool for the students. It’s great that you can make it so global using KidBlog. Did the illustrations take a long time?

    • Hey Jodee sorry for the late reply! The illustrations took a few periods for sure but it was worth it. They really loved being able to import their own art and showcase it for family, peers, and global friends in other classes.

  • Jodee Junge posted a new activity comment 3 years, 5 months ago

    Thanks Joel! And good luck!
    -Jodee

  • There were snippets of my dreams haunted by the likes of this block-man and his ax, chasing me across endless grass…blocks. In the end, however, we became friends as I came to better understand his draw with […]

  • It seems like more and more articles about homework are popping up on twitter, facebook, and in other news feeds. Most of the articles appear to be going on about how homework is not effective, or it’s too much, […]

  • When thinking of trying to further grow my PLN, I know I need to jump in an engage more. I need to be brave and throw out more questions, while also sharing my own ideas. I love the lyrics in the song ‘Brave’ by […]

  • Well Hellllooooo Course 5. It’s so nice to see you!  Even though I have been watching you in my rear-view mirror for a while and you are now pulling alongside of me, I am determined to finish strong and not let yo […]

    • jodee! again, you’re about to inspire me! i was JUST thinking about minecraft for my final project, but like you, we’re brand new with it here, and like you, i had talked to my admin about doing it as an ASA. if you don’t mind, i’d like to continue to keep you in mind as i follow this project, and maybe be in touch. i can’t seem to DM you on twitter – if you don’t mind being in touch, is there a better way in which i can reach you to discourse professionally?
      thanks a lot, and i hope you are well!
      :)wendy

  • Jodee Junge posted a new activity comment 3 years, 7 months ago

    Handwriting…such an interesting topic. I teach 3rd grade, and started using our handwriting books at the start of the year and then stopped. I will still try to teach the kids how to write their names in cursive so they have a ‘signature’ of sorts. But other than that, there’s just so much else to do… As for the argument of not being able to…[Read more]

  • Jodee Junge posted a new activity comment 3 years, 7 months ago

    Great post Angela. I have been in a funk since since January when we got slammed with reports, and then felt like I needed some breathing time, and somehow it’s now March. I love your motivation of doing these different projects with your students and how easily you say we will ‘skip a writing lesson or a couple of math lessons’. That’s where I’m…[Read more]

  • Jodee Junge posted a new activity comment 3 years, 10 months ago

    Thanks for the comment Heidi. I think you are spot on in that parents need to feel comfortable, and do often fear how everything is different from how they learned. Since we have gotten word that some parents are asking for training and tips, we know this is something we should do. I doubt very many will actually come to the informational session,…[Read more]

  • Jodee Junge posted a new activity comment 3 years, 10 months ago

    Hi Lizzie. Really enjoyed reading your post. I keep having similar thoughts – that no matter what comes along tech-wise or how it’s used/not used – it still comes down to being good teachers. Technology, isolated, can’t teach – or at least can’t teach as effectively as a real, live, engaged, enthusiastic human can. But it still comes down to if…[Read more]

  • With this week’s readings, I found myself reflecting on several aspects of technology use in schools and at home. As we all know, there is much to consider in our ever-changing technology-driven world. NOT […]

    • There is a lot to juggle to make all of this work well and in a way that all parties feel comfortable with. I think keeping the parents in the loop and helping them to feel support and empowered with this development in education is a key that can be missing at times. Parents often fear education looking different from when they were in school and helping them to understand and feel in control is key. You have a very comprehension list and seem to be on the right track.

      • Thanks for the comment Heidi. I think you are spot on in that parents need to feel comfortable, and do often fear how everything is different from how they learned. Since we have gotten word that some parents are asking for training and tips, we know this is something we should do. I doubt very many will actually come to the informational session, but it will still be worth it even if it’s just a few. You’ve got to start somewhere, right? Hoping this is one step in that direction!

  • Minecraft. Every kid seems to love it. Personally, I’m not a gamer – never have been, probably never will be. But the interest that games like Minecraft hold for students is important for adults and educators to […]

  • Jodee Junge posted a new activity comment 3 years, 10 months ago

    Thanks for the comment Heidi. I somehow missed this one, hence the reason it has taken me so long to reply. I agree with that quote, that games can teach a lot of those skills that go along with problem solving. We just need to keep trying to ‘gamify’ learning when possible to make learning fun, and valuable.

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    MOOCs are good at certain things and terrible at others, and we need to understand the difference if we wish to educate human beings, not just workers with credentials.

    When thinking about what ‘future […]

    • I share your horror at the description of the Teach to One classroom, I think! That takes it further than some others I’ve seen, but there have been many descriptions of that sort of thing floating around – one high school in the States which uses Khan Academy almost exclusively, and all the kids progress through independently… What’s the point of going to school at all if you’re not gaining the social/personal/emotional aspects of learning? Collaboration, communication, curiosity… I can probably come up with more ‘C’ words, but that’s the essential basis of education in my view.

      I appreciate your view on changing the physical classroom as well. I love purpose-built schools which have flexibility built into their design, but for those of us teaching in 17th century buildings, surely we can think creatively? I’m getting a pair of standing desks in January, which I’m thrilled about, but it’s time to start thinking seriously about maximising flexibility in a limited space.

  • Jodee Junge posted a new activity comment 3 years, 10 months ago

    Wow. That ‘Teach to One’ program frightens and saddens me. If that is where the future of education is going, I would want no part of it. I get that the algorithms can aid in more easily and quickly figuring out what skills students ‘get’ and don’t get, but for student learning to be more about that than human interactions and problem solving -…[Read more]

  • Jodee Junge posted a new activity comment 3 years, 11 months ago

    Hi Brad. Thanks for the comment. Agreed that the competitiveness can be a great ‘carrot’ to dangle in front of them. I honestly haven’t done THAT many competitions to have that effect, but could definitely see it happening. Were it me, I’d make sure to differ groups or pairs in the competitions, and potentially limit individual competitions unless…[Read more]

  • We must strive to be facilitators, mentors and guides for our students, as if what we are preparing them for, much like my surgeon, will one day change lives. Any teaching methodology that amplifies this role is a […]

    • Hi Jodee,

      I can definitely relate to having reservations about going all in with Flipping the Class. My students seem similar to yours in that ESL and their home life and we seem to have come to the same conclusions in regards to limiting the amount of flipping, but also not going completely away from it. I’ve also been trying to tap into my students innate competitiveness. When I’ve been able to do so, my students really shine. I have been struggling with how to maintain that engagement over time though, as students who feel they’ve “lost” after a “competition” sometimes are not excited for the next “competition.” Do you run into similar issues?

      Really well researched article! I appreciate the links to other posts, it allowed me to delve deeper into the Coetail Community. I’d also recommend taking the Game Based Learning course through EDURO if you have time. I found it to be very rewarding and an excellent place to find games for your classroom!
      -Brad

    • Hi Brad. Thanks for the comment. Agreed that the competitiveness can be a great ‘carrot’ to dangle in front of them. I honestly haven’t done THAT many competitions to have that effect, but could definitely see it happening. Were it me, I’d make sure to differ groups or pairs in the competitions, and potentially limit individual competitions unless you can somehow take ‘ability’ out of the equation.

      Thanks for the recommendation on the game-based learning course from Eduro. I’ll definitely look into it!

    • I think your point about the quality of games is so important. So often kids are playing games to practice facts or words or something rote like that. Games have evolved in such great ways and allow kids to no longer be consumers of entertainment but creators within a game and within a community. When minds are activated in that way and reflected upon, that is when we can validate learner is taking place and allow learners to see active learning, rather than ‘getting to play on computers’. As stated in The Education Arcade at MIT, “Game players regularly exhibit persistence, risk-taking, attention to detail, and problem-solving, all behaviors that ideally would be regularly demonstrated in school.” But finding those right games is the key! Thanks for all of your insight!

    • Thanks for the comment Heidi. I somehow missed this one, hence the reason it has taken me so long to reply. I agree with that quote, that games can teach a lot of those skills that go along with problem solving. We just need to keep trying to ‘gamify’ learning when possible to make learning fun, and valuable.

  • Jodee Junge posted a new activity comment 3 years, 11 months ago

    Hi Stephanie. Thank you for this post!! As I read more and more about ‘reverse learning’, I kept thinking – I don’t really see this working for my 3rd graders. Your 4 bullet points at the start of your article made me scream “YES!!!” in my head several times while reading. I get the idea of trying to make time in the classroom with the teacher…[Read more]

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