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Wendy Markert

  • Wow! It’s been a busy year and I can’t believe I have not written a post in over two years!  Hurricane Harvey flooded our school campus in August and we had been displaced for the semester. The community […]

  • Wendy Markert posted a new activity comment 1 year, 3 months ago

    As a high school teacher I’m always amazed at how well young children can express themselves. I never even imagined they could blog! Thanks for sharing your journey and for sharing your students’ voices!

  • Wendy Markert posted a new activity comment 1 year, 9 months ago

    I love that you combined student-led conferences with online portfolios! Seeing your project, this combination just seems so natural, yet none of the schools I’ve worked at have yet moved in this direction. The reflection piece seems so natural. Will the reflection be included in the online portfolios? If you move to a video reflection (like you…[Read more]

    • Wendy, thank you for your thoughts! Yes, the reflection was included in the portfolio. As a parent, I think that is the part I would want to see the most! I find that students are often more vulnerable in a video because it is easy to just talk then it is to write. That is why I think a video reflection put into the portfolio would be so neat! Can…[Read more]

  • Wendy Markert posted a new activity comment 1 year, 9 months ago

    I enjoyed watching your final project video! I love seeing students find their own voice and figure out where they stand on issues. And I’m always surprised when students are so surprised that using hashtags connects others to their thoughts and tweets. Well done!

  • Wendy Markert posted a new activity comment 1 year, 9 months ago

    I really enjoyed reading your final project post. You made several excellent points, including the need to move slowly in conservative schools and that we need to give students TIME. Well done!

  • Wendy Markert posted a new activity comment 1 year, 11 months ago

    Wow! This unit looked amazing! I loved watching your students videos and watching the other students engaged during the exhibition. What at great integration of technology into the art curriculum. What was the feedback from the other art teachers who opted not to go ahead with the unit? And nicely done with the planning/time line. It’s so…[Read more]

  • Wendy Markert posted a new activity comment 1 year, 11 months ago

    I think your plan B has real potential. I haven’t used it, but I’ve heard good things about “Book Creator” for the iPad. Do you have access to iPads? You would need the internet to download the app, and for eventually sharing the books, but I think everything else would be offline. The students could take photos of the geometric art they…[Read more]

    • Thanks Wendy! We have iPads that we can use, but our school is a 1:1 laptop school, so it would be easier to use a non-tablet app. Our tech coach has suggested simply turning them into PDFs. I do like your idea about kids taking photos of the geometric art and turning them into backgrounds. Last year, I did this as an offline project and that’s…[Read more]

  • Wendy Markert posted a new activity comment 1 year, 11 months ago

    I’ve also struggled with putting myself out there and sharing with folks I don’t know. I did find a regular tweetchat that I have been participating in after lurking for a while. When I’ve seen the same people tweet conversations for a while I start to feel like I’ve met them in person. The tweetchat has been really helpful for me to refine my…[Read more]

  • Wendy Markert posted a new activity comment 1 year, 11 months ago

    This post was enlightening. I’m a high school math teacher and I’m usually asked to help proctor the PSAT in the fall. For the PSAT the students are asked to copy a statement in cursive (a pledge of sorts) and to sign it. Every year my students look panicked and tell me they don’t know how to write in cursive. It’s interesting to see the…[Read more]

  • Wendy Markert posted a new activity comment 1 year, 11 months ago

    I have found this site (http://www.wouldyourathermath.com/) to be useful for student blog ideas. I’ve asked students to choose a side and blog about it.

  • Wendy Markert posted a new activity comment 1 year, 11 months ago

    You are so right about developing student ownership with blogs! I feel that COETAIL helped develop that for me, yet I still struggle with developing that ownership in my own students. I can’t wait to see how your project/unit turns out.

  • Wendy Markert posted a new activity comment 2 years ago

    Good luck! This sounds like it will be a fun and interesting project for your students. I can’t wait to hear how your project is going.

  • Wendy Markert posted a new activity comment 2 years ago

    You’ve got me thinking! I’ve been using instrumental music during my classes to help induce a calmness. Maybe I should go a step further and use a few minutes to show a photo, read a poem, or introduce a math puzzle (I’m a high school math teacher) as a transition.

  • Wendy Markert posted a new activity comment 2 years, 1 month ago

    I love the idea of creating eBooks and sharing them with others! Would you be able to share them with students outside the school?

    • Hi Wendy,

      Yes! Do you have students interested in reading them?
      We have ALMOST finished writing and uploading all of our books and videos. They are all in Google Drive and I can share the link with you–let me know!

      I would also love to have submissions from other kids to the folder, let me know if you are interested in that also!

  • Wendy Markert posted a new activity comment 2 years, 1 month ago

    In option 3 you mention that the students could produce some sort of guide for others. If there were a way for the students to do this (and in turn receive feedback from others) I think you would be approaching redefinition.

  • Wendy Markert posted a new activity comment 2 years, 1 month ago

    Don’t let go of your enthusiasm! Remember that your COETAIL experience really doesn’t end with your course 5 final project. Even if your practical side wins out and you go with your “paper napkin ideas,” you can still plan to continue tweaking things in the future. If you decide to return to your grand scale ideas, remember to take it one step at a time.

    • +1 to Wendy’s comment. We have to avoid the trap of using tech for the sake of using tech. Some projects/assignments/units just naturally fit better than others–no need to shove a square peg into a round hole. You will likely find small ways to improve your teaching using your COETAIL-prowess as you go. All teachers can relate to the…[Read more]

      • Thank you, Wendy and Ryan, for providing calm perspective.
        I’m keeping this small not because this is the last project I’ll do, but because some day soon there will be time and scope to take on a bigger one, where a I may be able to apply a little more of my COETAIL learning. And no, this is not my last unit. So.

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