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My professor, Dr. Clif Mims asked me to share this. I am honored because he knows so many big names in the edublogger realm and in education in general. For him to ask me, means a lot to me. Thank you Dr. Mims. 🙂

Two words. Three syllables. Over plan.
Review the curriculum. Things can and often change over the summer. This summer, our math pacing scales went through changes. Our state standards also changed. In fact, they will not be called standards anymore. We now have Grade Level Expectations.

Create a classroom map. Design how you want your classroom arranged. Think about how you want traffic to flow. Think about colors, posters, and where you want to post student work.

Modify/Review/Create a classroom management plan. I believe you must be consistent, firm, and fair from the beginning. I have seen several classes that lacked one of those components from the beginning. Those classes (including mine one year) struggled with classroom management issues throughout the year. Believe me, the headache of planning in the beginning will be worth the ease of the rest of the year.



Plan to have a positive and successful year. Expectations are extremely powerful. Just research the many sociological experiments involving teachers who told students that they were gifted. Those students who may have been labeled as average or worse underachievers shined. If you gripe and believe that your year will be bad. It will be. If you believe that your students are low, that is how they will perform (or seem to perform). I can assure you that children can and will rise to the occasion and step up to the plate. Sometimes they will step over it.

With parents, plan to have a good relationship with them. Write welcome letters or postcards. Give them positive phone calls. Know your goal and create a plan to achieve it. I really took the time and planned on having more parent involvement this school year. I called and introduced myself to each family. I sent home introductory letters and created an welcoming website. I told all of my parents how happy I was to have their child in my class. 15 of my 19 parents attended my kindergarten curriculum night. It was my best turnout ever. I planned and planned and it helped.

Keep in mind that no matter how much you plan. there will always be the monkey wrench. The unexpected whatever. This is why I say over plan. The benefits outweigh the drawbacks.


This is a continuation of my reflections from my Instructional Design and Technology journey.

I am new to this field but not new to technology or even Web 2.0. I am, however, a life-long learner who enjoys the acquisition of knowledge.

First news, I got a B in my online class, Authoring Instructional Courseware. Yay! I was a little sad because I am typically an A student. I believe that I would have earned an A if this were my only class. Oh well. The number one thing I take from that class is non-linear instruction/learning. I made my first PowerPoint game and now I do not know how or why I’d never used that format. Learning does not always take place in a sequential or linear fashion.

***Now to my new fave class, Teaching and Learning with Web 2.0

Over the past few weeks, I have been introduced to oodles of information and hundreds of sites. I have spoken and listened to fabulous well-known speakers on various subjects. Kristin Hokanson, Micheal Barbour, Tom Barrett, Trevor Acy, Stephanie Sandifer, Mrs. Durff (luv her so much!!!).

Some of the sites that have really peeked my interest are Ning, Twitter,, diigo,, WordPress, Skitch, Voicethread, Odeo, Scrapblog, Slideshare, Zoho, GoogleDocs, Jott, and Thinkfree.

I have either frequented these sites and become a member or I plan on really exploring them.

I have also really attached myself to the following Web 2.0 tools:
blogs, microblogs, social bookmarking sites, online presentations, and social networks

I like blogging because it is a form of journaling. I have always enjoyed expressing myself with the written word. I like the Web 2.0 aspect of sharing your “news”, linking to other blogs and sites, comments, and trackback. I am definitely adding the trackback feature to this blog. I read on Dr. Mims’ wiki about blogging ettiquette, safety and just making a better blog. I will definitely implement many of the steps mentioned. One example is using pingomatic to advertise my updates.

Twitter has become an important part of my PLN. I get valuable and sometimes purely entertaining information from people from all over the world. I also have the opportunity to share my knowledge, experiences, and various tidbits to them.

Social Bookmarking
Diigo grows on me more and more each day. I love to highlight words, sentences and paragraphs on sites. I love placing sticky notes to myself, friends, and group members. I love having an online storage room for my bookmarks. I love being able to connect with new people who share my interests. I started a Kindergarten group and I am in the process of getting my school board’s early childhood specialist to add the link to our kindergarten resource page. is still cool. It has it’s good points. I like the simplicity. Diigo can be overwhelming especially to newcomers. I also like the links for you function. I learned about it from this cool screencast Networking with

Presentations 2.0
I thoroughly enjoy presentations 2.0. Making presentations online, finding and sharing them. No need to buy an application!! I also like the comments features because you can get immediate feedback. I see myself using these applications more than any other with my students.

Social Networking
I really like Ning right now. I joined two education networks. I can post and read forums. I can send messages and read blogs. It is a great resource for ideas.

I am so excited about developing my PLE. I recently began taking courses in Instructional Design and Technology this summer. I took a class about integrating technology with teaching and learning. Right now I am enrolled in two classes. One class is about PowerPoint and Multimedia Presentations and the other class is about Teaching and learning with Web 2.0. I have been apart of Web 2.0 for some time but I just learned about the term last month. Since that time I have joined Twitter, Ustream, WordPress, WetPaint, GoogleDocs, Zoho, PBwikis, Wikispaces, Several Ning networks, Diigo,, Skype, and probably some more that I cannot think of right now.

I am looking around for people who share my interests as far as education and technology are concerned. I am especially interested in educators in the early childhood/kindergarten field.

I am also currently working on two separate assignments.

  • I am working on designing a nonlinear PowerPoint that serves as a lesson or teaching tool. That will be pretty easy. I am going to look through my county’s kindergarten curriculum guide and select a subject. Before I create my presentation, I will continue researching the purpose and resoning behind nonlinear PowerPoints. I will also look at examples online. I have four days to complete this so I will finish it after the other assignment.
  • I am also working on completing a module on my class Wiki about Teaching with Technology. It is fairly extensive and has several components. I am working with three classmates. It is due tomorrow night.

Teaching with technology – Donna Jennifer Angela – DUE before class on 7/22/08

  1. Those who cannot claim computers as their own tool for exploring the world never grasp the power of technology…They are controlled by technology as adults–just as drill-and-practice routines controlled them as students.
    Source: Toward Digital Equity: Bridging the Divide in Education
  3. instructional design, models, frameworks
    1. TPCK
    2. , ASSURE, NTeQ, etc
    3. Refer to Mims’ book chapters
    7. Big6 ShariDUE before class on 7/22/08
  4. Bloom’s digital taxonomy – Corey DUE before class on 7/22/08
  5. DLSI?
  6. Assessing digital work – Donna
    1. Lots of related resources here
    2. See the Assessment tag in Clif’s Diigo bookmarks
    3. Dy/Dan’s blog frequently has assessment-related resources
  7. What else? …

This class is interesting and informative but it is tough! Wish me luck, please.