Archive for May, 2015

A New #OklaEd Event

Posted: May 31, 2015 in Uncategorized

Do you have a main focus right now that you want to share? Do you have a passion that you want to showcase? Do you just want to come and listen to people share about different things? If you said yes to any of those questions, you should attend!

I am working with a few educator friends to create an event for Friday, June 5, 2015, here in Stillwater, Oklahoma. We’re trying something new, but we know it’s going to be a great time of sharing!

What is the event? #stillEDtalk

What does it stand for? It’s taking place in Stillwater (still) and we are ‘still’ talking about education (ED), but instead of having sessions, it’s going to be talks (talk) given by anyone who wants to speak.Screen Shot 2015-05-31 at 5.29.39 PM

What does that mean? Well . . . .

Beginning at 6:30 pm this Friday at Gatsby in Stillwater (1415 S. Western Road) we are going to have an open mic for anyonewho wants to speak about an education topic. Actually, it doesn’t even have to be based on education, but keep in mind that it will be a lot of educators.

We will have a speaker system, a projector and a screen. So if you want to put together a short presentation, then you can. Maybe something will spark your mind and you think of something on the spot, you can share that! It’s going to be an informal setting for everyone to share and listen.

Now, do not come with a prepared keynote, because that’s not what this is about. This is a little like an TEDtalk, but not associated with them at all. This is just a place for you to come share, learn and relax.

If you have any questions, please email me at tplcmisterp@gmail.com and I will gladly answer any questions that you may have.

#stillEDtalk

Posted: May 19, 2015 in Uncategorized

Alright everyone! I know that summer is coming up and that means a time to have some down time, but as teachers we should take time to “Recharge, Rejuvenate and Grow” (Thank you Amy Heavin for the saying).

So on Friday, June 5, we will be having a chance to do just that in Stillwater, Oklahoma!

The event is called “stillEDtalk” because we are still talking about education, even though it’s summer time.

We will be meeting at 6pm (but you can be fashionably late) on the patio of Gatsby in Stillwater. You may enjoy a beverage as we share our thoughts on education.

Who will be talking? Well, anyone who wants to. It will be an open mic formate allowing anyone to speak. A sound system and projector will be available if you want to share short videos or create a small presentation. We do ask that you keep your speeches short and not take too much time. This is a chance to listen to many ideas about teaching and education.

What can you talk about? Anything you want! Do you have a passion? Do you have an idea to solve? Has something been eating you up and now you just want a chance to share it?

This is your chance!

So please join us for

#stillEDtalk

Friday, June 5 at 6pm

 Gatsby

1415 S Western Rd, Stillwater

Learning the Language

Posted: May 3, 2015 in Uncategorized

Throughout my years of teaching I have had many students who have limited English. However, this year has been different for me. I’m trying to learn their language.

This school year I have two students who have very limited English in one of my classes. We do have an ELL teacher who comes in three days a week during the class period, however, with testing, she hasn’t been in my classroom for a couple of weeks. I’ve had to rely on students who are bilingual to translate for me when she is not available.

I’m very thankful for our ELL teacher because she has been helping me with translating mathematical terms. I can talk about circles. I can also help with basic integer operations. I also use the Translate app from Google to assist students with their assignments.

Now the kids laugh at me because I put a French accent twist when speaking Spanish. They understand that I took French in high school, so it just sort of happens. I try not to do it. The two students, along with bilingual friends, help me out when I say words incorrectly. It’s been great getting to know their language and talking with them.

I know there are many people who think that others coming to the United States needs to learn English. However, there are so many who don’t know the language. It’s not an easy language to learn, first of all. In fact, there are many who would not say this sentence correctly. (They would say that instead of who.) So expecting others who move to our country to know the language instantly is just crazy talk!

I am jealous of a few teachers in my building who know Spanish, some very fluent while others just know more than me, who can talk with students and I know that they are reaching them better than I am.

So my goal this summer (while doing other things) is to learn Spanish. I may not be the most fluent, but to have some basic phrases and mathematical terms would be great! Have you learned another language on your own? What did you use to learn it? Do you know a math teacher who knows terms who could help me out with mathematical terms?