Thursday, April 26, 2012

Field Experience Major Assessment

Part A Essay Question: Who are your students and what content and/or processes are you teaching? Share the overarching goals and standards of what you want your students to achieve and how you plan to help them achieve with high levels of success. Describe your own content and pedagogical expertise in relation to the subject matter and standards, share, environmental/cultural factors important for the reader to know prior to beginning the field experience activity. I have chosen to work with all of my fourth grade students. The content that I will be teaching them is understanding global economics. The goal of this unit is to teach the students what economics is and how important it is in our lives. I want them to understand various terms used in economics such as, goods and services, entrepreneurship, specialization, interdependence, trade, markets. I also want them to be able to apply their learning in the end of the unit project. Throughout this unit I will incorporate all levels of Bloom's taxonomy and meet the needs of all of my diverse learners and learning styles by using various types of activities and implementing technology.

Sunday, April 15, 2012

GAME Plan Reflection

With EDUC 6713 coming to a close, I want to reflect on the GAME plan that I have developed during this course. I also want to reflect upon my new learning from this course and how it has encouraged me to integrate even more technology into my classroom.

"The GAME plan requires you to think about and take steps to direct your learning process, specifically while learning about technology and how to integrate it into the curriculum" (Cennamo, Ross, & Ertmer, 2010). Throughout the past seven weeks, I have been able to develop and carry out a GAME plan that has encouraged me to step up to the plate and become a leader within my school. I have realized that in order to become a more effective teacher and a leader among my colleagues, I have to discover what my weaknesses are and seek out solutions for improving those weaknesses. One of those weaknesses became the focus for my first GAME plan goal, creating more effective assessments, both formative and summative. I have had access to numerous resources in my school for carrying out this part of my GAME plan. I have also learned throughout this course that they are many ways to use technology to create both formative and summative assessments. From classroom response systems to blogs and wikis to digital storytelling, creating assessments using technology can give us a great deal of information about our students and their learning, and it also encourages the use of the 21st Century Skills. When reflecting on my first goal and the progress I have made, I must say that I am on the right track and am learning a great deal. Therefore, there has been no need to revise or change this plan as of yet.

For my other goal, which is about becoming a leader of technology integration in the classroom, I also feel that I am well on my way to accomplishing this goal and do not feel the the need to revise or change this goal either. Technology is something that I am truly passionate about and I am a leader by nature, so it is only natural that I would want to become a leader of technology within my school. This course has opened my eyes to many new things that I will be able to share with my colleagues. They see my excitement when I talk about using technology into the classroom and they see that I am not afraid to take risks with my lessons. They see me using the PBL approach and how the kids are collaborating and communicating with one another and creating exciting multi-media presentations. Because of this, many of my colleagues have started coming to me for advice or to get ideas of how they could bring more technology into their lessons. This in turn has created more collaboration among us and we are communicating more so than we have ever done. So for me, setting these goals and striving to reach them has not only reignited the passion in me, it has spread amongst my colleagues and I am hoping that it will eventually spread amongst the entire school. It is because of this Masters program and this course, that I have strived to incorporate some type of technology into my classroom every day. I can't wait for the day when we have a one-to-one student/computer ratio and it is coming. That is why it is so important to teach the students how to develop their own GAME plan with goals that they can work towards and how to learn on their own. This is what self-directed learning is all about!

Cennamo, K., Ross, J., & Ertmer, P. (2010). Technology integration for meaningful classroom use: A standards-based approach. Belmont, CA: Wadsworth, Cengage Learning.

Crystal Moyer

Wednesday, March 21, 2012

Monitoring My GAME Plan Progress

Making progress with any goal is essential. However, reaching goals take time and dedication. As with other goals I have set for myself in my life, I tend to get impatient and want results right now, but I know that is not possible. That is currently how I am feeing about my GAME plan. Even though I am working towards my goal, I won't be satisfied until I get there. For my first goal, which is to create more effective assessments, I have all of the resources I need and this week's resources provided great information regarding the different types of assessments (Cennamo, Ross, & Ertmer, 2009). However, even though I have all of the resources I need, I think it is still going to take time and practice to be able to create what I consider effective assessments. I am constantly seeking my colleagues advice and input on tests that i have created and I am also signed up for an in service on creating assessments. With the information gained this week about the different types of assessment formats and the discussion posts regarding these formats, I have learned that it is good to have a balance of all four types of assessments in the classroom and some assessments are better than others at certain times and for certain content. Having all four types of assessments in my classroom, I am able to meet the needs of all of my learners and provide the opportunity for every student to be successful.

For my second goal, which is to become a leader of technology in my school, I have taken what I would consider the first step and joined the technology committee. Just a month ago our technology coordinator created the technology committee and asked for any volunteers who wanted to join, and I signed up. Another way I feel that I am working on this goal is by offering my colleagues assistance with incorporating more technology into their classrooms. I even put an email out suggesting some very good educational websites. I am not afraid to take risks using technology within my classroom and am willing to try new things with my students, even when they are new to me too! In fact just last week, as a school, we were doing a compare and contrast activity with the original and new version of the Lorax, for Right to Read week, and I took the students to the tech lab and we created Venn Diagrams together for the first time using Microsoft Word. It went well and the students did great following along with me. We were the only class that used technology to complete this activity. I have made it my mission to try to incorporate some sort of technology into the classroom every day, if possible. I believe with this attitude and dedication, my colleagues will embrace this same attitude and hopefully look up to me as a leader.

Right now, I am happy with the progress I am making , even though I get impatient, and do not feel that any modifications to my action plan are needed. I am excited and dedicated to making my goals a reality and once I feel I have reached my goals, I will develop new ones to strive towards. We as educators should never stop growing professionally and should always be looking for ways to improve!

Cennamo, K., Ross, J., & Ertmer, P. (2009). Technology integration for meaningful classroom use. Mason, Ohio: Cengage Learning.

Crystal Moyer

Wednesday, March 14, 2012

Carrying out my GAME Plan

Last week I created a GAME plan and this week I am going to discuss the resources and information I will need in order to carry out this plan. My GAME plan consists of two different goals that I am working towards, in order to become more confident and proficient in integrating technology into my classroom instruction.

My first goal is to learn how to create more effective formative and summative assessments and use the data to inform my teaching. Some resources I will need include professional development classes on creating effective assessments, PD 360 videos on assessments (an online professional development program our school uses), colleagues who share their views and ideas on creating assessments, and scholarly research on creating effective assessments. I will also use released OAA test questions and questions from a program called LCAP, that was developed by our county's Educational Service Center. Due to the fact that Ohio has revised all of the academic content standards, we have begun creating new pacing guides in our building and have started working with our colleagues on creating our assessments for these new standards. I have also signed up to attend a training at the ESC on creating formative and summarize assessments. My next step will be to watch the PD 360 videos and search for articles on assessment creation.

My second goal is to become a leader of technology integration in my school district. My most useful resource for this goal will be my school's tech coordinator? I will also use my colleagues who are strong in technology integration. This Masters program has given me many different resources to use as well. So besides taking the first steps and enrolling in this Masters program, I also have signed up to be on a technology committee that was just developed at our school.

With these actions, I am on my way to gaining more confidence and proficiency in obtaining the goals of my GAME plan.

Crystal Moyer

Wednesday, March 7, 2012

The GAME plan

Have you ever heard of the GAME plan in education? Me either, until my recent Masters class. The GAME plan stands for creating G-goals, A-actions for achieving those goals, M-monitoring your progress, and E-evaluating or extending your learning (Cennamo, Ross, & Ertmer, 2009). So in order to be able to use this strategy with my students, it is necessary for me to experience and practice using the GAME plan myself. I have decided to create a GAME plan using two Technology standards from the "ISTE NETS and Performance Indicators for Teachers (NETS•T)", which can be found here:

GAME Plan #1

Standard 2:
Design and Develop Digital-Age Learning Experiences and Assessments

Indicator d:
Provide students with multiple and varied formative and summative assessments aligned with content and technology standards and use resulting data to inform learning and teaching

I want to learn how to create more effective formative and summative assessments and use the data to inform my teaching.

1.  I will attend professional development on assessments that is being offered my county's Educational Service Center and watch professional development videos from PD360 (an online program our school offers to educators).
2.  I will research information on formative and summative assessments and how to create them effectively.
3.  I will work with my peers to create formative and summative assessments.

To monitor my progress, I will share my assessments, that I will have created, with my peers and administrator, to get their feedback.

I will be able to evaluate my progress by using the data from the assessments, after they have been given to the students, to decide if they were effective assessments. I will also evaluate whether the assessment data has been able to help me plan where to go next in my lesson plans.

GAME Plan #2

Standard 5:
Engage in Professional Growth and Leadership

Indicator b:

Exhibit leadership by demonstrating a vision of technology infusion, participating in shared decision making and community
building, and developing the leadership and technology skills of others

I want to become a leader of technology integration in my school district.

1.  I will join a technology committee (that has just been formed) at my school to get together to discuss technology issues and ideas.
2.  I will finish this Masters program with the knowledge needed to become a leader within my school.
3.  I will offer support to my colleagues and be a leader in integrating technology into the classroom.

I will monitor my progress by meeting with my technology coordinator and the technology committee to discuss my progress and get feedback. I will also document my uses of technology in the classroom and how the lessons went.

 I will evaluate my progress by getting feedback from the students, my principal, technology coordinator, and technology committee about my lessons and use of technology within the classroom. I will extend my learning by continuing to search for other technological resources to use in my classroom and by collaborating with colleagues.

So wish me luck as I venture out on my journey for professional growth!


Cennamo, K., Ross, J. & Ertmer, P. (2009). Technology integration for meaningful classroom use: A

standards-based approach. (Laureate Education, Inc., Custom ed.). Belmont, CA: Wadsworth,

Cengage Learning.

Crystal Moyer