Everyone to school….

It has been a busy week so far. My son is off to KIndergarten and loving it already. My husband is going to college again and I am swimming in work from my two courses this module. EDU 604 and EDU 605.

 

A whole lot of information to explore and get into but it is really interesting. I am seeing how my previous MEd classes are being put to use now by using what I have learned and incorporating the information into my Differentiated instruction course and Diversity in 21st Century Education. Equally challenging and rewarding.

I know this is where I need to be. It is a perfect fit because I want to differentiate my instruction to suit the needs of the many abilities that children have in pre kindergarten, kindergarten and ECE as a whole. It will make me a better teacher. I acknowledge and value the many different thinking and learning styles that each one of us encompasses. If I really want to teach a child and they are just “not getting it” then it is time to differentiate and shake things up to get that child where he or she needs to be. Lesson plans are there but it is better to plan for doing things, whatever it may be, to keep children engaged and develop a strong love for learning. All children can learn, they just do it differently and at different times.

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Diversity in 21st century education is so interesting. The first week is on multicultural education. I believe it is vital and necessary. It is important for children to know that there are others who are different from them in this world who speak differently, eat differently, etc. but yet we are all the same.

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Children matter. Education matters. No matter what.

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Today…

Today is the first day of Mod 1. Onto my fifth and sixth class for my MEd program. I am taking EDU604 – Diversity in 21st Century Education and EDU605- Differentiated Instruction. These next 8 weeks are sure to be packed with tons of useful information. These classes seem interesting, just by reading their name alone. Let’s see what I am getting myself into now. Looking forward to a successful module. Two classes closer to obtaining my Masters in Education with a concentration of teaching and learning.Just waiting on my books to arrive. I love getting new books..the smell is great ; ). Let’s go, after my measurements and metric class, I feel I can take this on. First things first…Shall I dare look at the syllabi now??? No, I think I will wait until tonight. Fresh, clear and quiet time.

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Right now, I am continuing to prepare my son for Kindergarten, in which he will begin this Thursday. We are reading various  books about the first day of school and doing lots of fine motor practice. He is really excited, as am I. I love seeing children so interested about attending school.

What are you up to?

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This week…

This week off has been a great time so far. Although, it is a week off from my MEd program, my brain can not get out of that learning mode but I am enjoying this time with my husband and son. Family time is important.

I have been working on expanding and promoting my brand – Loorducation.

Check out my link Loorducation for ECE – https://loorducation.wordpress.com/loorducation-for-ece/

Early childhood education is my passion and I am ready to make a difference

http://www.facebook.com/loorducation

http://www.twitter.com/loorducation

I am thinking of many ideas for my website-  http://www.loorducation.com (which is coming soon)

And in between my creative brainstorming I am so enjoying not rushing to write a 12 page paper or a 500 word discussion post or required reading. Do not get me wrong, I love graduate school but it is challenging going full time in the accelerated program. It feels good to just sit..and breathe and smell a clean house while sitting in an organized office while drinking iced latte- home-made of course. (wait..was that a run on sentence? hmm, that is why I am not an English major ; )

Thank you for following me on my journey. It is an awesome one.

 

Keep on Teaching Keep on Learning

There are no summers off for mothers or teachers- ever. It may seem that way but dedication and passion drive you. I am teaching. I am always learning. Summer is not time off, it is time to enjoy life more deepening your passions and aspiring to be better in every aspect. For educators, we contine building and enhancing our PLE.

This passion has flowed over into my son. He loves to learn and read. It is not a chore, it is a way of life. Everyday, I homeschool him. integrating letters, math, art and science into everything.Let s not forget, that. PLAY is a child’s work.

Teaching 1 or 22 (like I had in my pre kindergarten class) I will give the child, the same quality education that will prepare them for success. Technology is great, but everyday he has to use paper and writing tools. He is so excited about Kindergarten as I hope all children can be. If they have iPads, that is great, but also let them have paper (tons of it) markers, crayons, paints..Let your children learn and explore.Let them get messy.

A teacher’s brain never stops focusing on what matters most.

Look at what we did today…

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A Few More Days

Taking a small break. We are down to the last few days in this module. EDU510 and EDU515 have been interesting. I really need to work on my paper and final DDDM project but I took a few minutes to use PhotoShop and quickly design a cover photo for my new Facebook page- http://www.facebook.com/loorducation. I am working on many ideas for my up and coming website- http://www.loorducation.com. This site / blog will remain in place as it is needed throughout my Masters program. This is where I will share my experiences, assignments and other things related to my MEd program. Loorducation.com is going to be about early childhood education and beyond!!! I love my field. It is so rewarding. I earned my Bachelor of Science Degree in Child Studies from Post University. I graduated Cum Laude. It has been amazing. I continue on my career path, with four EDU classes under my “black belt” and looking to graduate in May 2014. Education is awesome.Image

What is your passion? I am not sure if I need to tell you that ECE/EDucation is mine. ; )

Final Week- EDU510

As we are coming to the end of my Cognitive Science in Teaching and Learning class, I feel that I have learned a wealth of information that has prepared me for the rest of my Masters program as well as my career. The time has passed by really fast and it still feels as if have just started unit 1. Now, here I am in unit 8 with 6 more days to go, I can not believe it.

In unit 1, I learned a lot on artificial intelligence. Computers can do so many things but they can not experience emotions as would a human.

In unit 2, I learned about mental representations such as logic, rules and concepts.

In unit 3, I learned about analogies, cases and images.

In unit 4, I learned about motivation and making the game worth playing. This was a great unit. We have to keep or students motivated and make sure they know that learning is worth it. Our emotions can play a big part in how we learn and how we teach. Intrinsic and extrinsic motivation is a very interesting subject. We seem to be motivated differently as children than we are as adults.

In unit 5, I learned that Hard parts are what we do not particularly like or enjoy but must endure to receive the full benefit or knowledge from learning a subject, playing a sport or playing an instrument. We all have enthusiasm for learning especially the fun things. Even with these so called fun things we enjoy learning so much comes with hard parts. This is true whether it be academically or something such as learning karate. Hard parts are what students do not want to come in contact with but to have a smooth sailing of learning something.

In unit 6, I learned It would be great to contribute to the cognitive scientists’ exploration. To be able to share knowledge and ideas fuels our strength. I would want to tell scientists that our development is highly based on social impacts. Social impacts play a big part in development, therefore creating a big impact. I would want to tell them that all in which we learn somehow takes the place in a social context from when we are born and throughout our lives. The interactions that we have with others shape the way we think, feel, socialize and interact with others. Social interactions are imperative from preschool. A strong educational foundation is built on socialization. It is a very big piece to life, in fact it is huge.. We are social beings, We need to connect with others in every way. If we were unable to socialize, we would diminish. Socialization brings out great things.

 

In unit 7, I learned Dynamic learning systems are systems that contain an abundance of variables that can change the “playing fields”  as they are working together. Combined, these variables can make a difference. The outcomes determine the change within the certain “playing field”. The cognitive illusions depend on knowledge that is stored about the world with some degree of conscious control. These cognitive illusions interact with different levels of perceptual processes instead of demonstrating a base that is physiological – the knowledge or made, built in assumptions are not directed in the right way, in other words they are misdirected. Certain perceptions of images or illusions do not follow certain standards or rules. These illusions are thought up and can really be anything out of the blue, it doe snot matter. Illusions come from over thinking at times as well. People get lost in thought. Illusions can be interpreted in many ways by many different people. Illusions are very complicated, what one sees another may not see at first, if at all until after they are shown. Illusions complicate the cognitive science’s efforts to broaden and expand mental representation models.Illusions can really be a difficult thing more so for children than adults.All of our experiences are different. we all experience different things from adult to another adult and greatly varies from a child to an adult. We all think differently and use different processes to complete tasks and go on about daily life. Our learning styles are different and how we interpret information within our minds is unique. The way we all see pictures, photos and images differs from one person to the next. All of that can really affect our instructional efforts with adults and children. We always have to keep in mind what we see and think is not necessarily what the next person sees or thinks. We have to accommodate.

It would be great to contribute to the cognitive scientists’ exploration. To be able to share knowledge and ideas fuels our strength. I would want to tell scientists that our development is highly based on social impacts. Social impacts play a big part in development, therefore creating a big impact. I would want to tell them that all in which we learn somehow takes the place in a social context from when we are born and throughout our lives. The interactions that we have with others shape the way we think, feel, socialize and interact with others. Social interactions are imperative from preschool. A strong educational foundation is built on socialization. It is a very big piece to life, in fact it is huge.. We are social beings, We need to connect with others in every way. If we were unable to socialize, we would diminish. Socialization brings out great things.

Teaching is an art and definitely a science. I have taken from this course that we as educators teach differently and as learners we have or own learning style. We do not all learn the same. This is something to take into consideration inside and outside the classroom.

Overall, my knowledge has greatly expanded. I was in some way expecting something more difficult in this class, just because the title seems a bit intimidating. Indeed, the class was very challenging with great informative material, but I am getting through it better than I imagined. The discussion boards really help as well as the feedback from the professor.With the information I learned in EDU510 helps me be more prepared for my following classes which are at a 600 level next module.

 

 

Great Educational Quotes…enjoy

 

Here are some inspiring quotations that capture the power of education and what it can do for you and the world:

“Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world.” – Nelson Mandela

“When you know better you do better.” – Maya Angelou

“Somewhere, something incredible is waiting to be known.” – Carl Sagan

“Even the wisest mind has something yet to learn.” – George Santayana

“Anyone who stops learning is old, whether at twenty or eighty. Anyone who keeps learning stays young.” – Henry Ford

“The important thing is not to stop questioning.” – Albert Einstein

“Learning is a treasure that will follow its owner everywhere.” – Chinese Proverb

“None of us is as smart as all of us. ” – Ken Blanchard

“A house is not a home unless it contains food and fire for the mind as well as the body.” Benjamin Franklin

“The mind is not a vessel to be filled, but a fire to be kindled.” – Plutarch

“Educating the mind without educating the heart is no education at all.”  Aristotle

“You can tell whether a man is clever by his answers. You can tell whether a man is wise by his questions.” – Naguib Mahfouz

“Education is not the filling of a pail, but the lighting of a fire.”
W.B. Yeats

“If you can’t explain it simply, you don’t understand it well enough.” – Albert Einstein

“Nothing in life is to be feared. It is only to be understood.” – Marie Curie

“A mistake is a crash-course in learning.” – Billy Anderson

“We are not what we know but what we are willing to learn.” – Mary Catherine Bateson

ʺHe who opens a school door, closes a prison.ʺ – Victor Hugo

ʺKnowledge will bring you the opportunity to make a difference.”
– Claire Fagan

“Education is teaching our children to desire the right things.” – Plato

Where’s my black belt?

As we are coming into Unit 7 for this module, it is great to look back to see that all of the effort that has been put into my work is paying off. For those of you that are not familiar with modules, they are half the time of a semester, with the same amount of information.It is an ADP program where each course is 8 weeks long. I am learning. I am understanding. I am applying. Learn, teach and repeat. All these late nights are worth it. Education is about dedication. It is tough but necessary. As a matter of fact, it is priceless.(not counting student loans ; ). EDU510 and EDU515, when I am finished with you in 2 weeks, I want my black belt (to at least the first degree) in education. – hey this stuff is like karate for the brain. I will make it…..Image