October 18, 2013

Can your students fish?

Can your students fish? 
“Give a man a fish, you’ll feed him for a day.  Teach a man how to fish and you’ll feed him for a lifetime.”

What an awesome post by Oliver Shinkten.  I’ve connected with Oliver a few times on Twitter and I’ve enjoyed his tweets a lot!  I haven’t made an official “guest post” yet on my blog, so this is it.  I can’t think of a better topic.  I have similar conversations with students every day in my own classroom.  One of the skills my students become really good at throughout the course of a year is perseverance and learning how to learn.  I stress to them that learning how to learn, and learning how to teach yourself is really about perseverance.  But teaching students how to learn is an essential and often overlooked skill.  In fact, how many teachers can say they know how to learn?

August 29, 2013

Glow Dance

 I think everyone had an awesome time after school at the Glow Dance.  Made me feel so old!  I think I could name 3 songs that played lol.
On another note, it seems like this is going to be a really good year.  I’m blessed with some really good kids!

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August 27, 2013

First day in the lab

These pictures are from one of our computer labs in the school.  My students typically spend 2 days a week in a computer lab as part of a blended learning strategy.  In addition to face to face time in my classroom, I have really enjoyed the time my students get to spend at a computer.  There are some things a computer does really efficiently and Khan Academy provides me with a tremendous amount of data that I can’t imagine teaching without.  Just from today, I can tell which students need extra time converting 1-digit repeating decimals to fractions and vice-versa.  By tomorrow, 90% of my students will have demonstrated they are ready to move on to the next skill.  Back in the classroom I will try to incorporate engaging activities that reinforce what we’ve learned, while building on the next skill or topic.  It’s difficult to share in pictures or words, but already today I saw students helping other students.  This isn’t something I ask them to do, they just do it.  The atmosphere we create inside the computer lab is unmatched.  I’ll try to share more about my students’ experience in math class.  Ask your students about their experience thus far and feel free to contact me with questions or feedback.

Derek Oldfield

First Day in the Lab


July 14, 2013

Mobile Learning and Blended Learning

A Tale of Two Classrooms

In my classroom, I incorporate a blended learning approach that utilizes a flex schedule from computer lab to classroom. Last year was my first attempt at this change in teaching style, so I’m confident that this year will be much smoother.  I want to share some information with everyone that has helped me design the best possible learning experience for your children.

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If you are completely clueless about what blended learning means, than check out that video.  The second is a nice article that reminded me of myself.

May 6, 2013

School Improvement Response

If I could change one thing at my child’s school it would be…

Students you may post as well.  I’ll try to comment on as many as possible.  Anonymous comments are fine.  Emails aren’t seen by anyone, including me.  Be appropriate please.  I’m doing this in an effort to give students and parents a voice.  I’m hoping to gain some insight into some things that my team can improve on next year.
Just make your response as a comment.