Thursday, May 1, 2014

Tidbits on Iowa Core Curriculum

I could go on and on about all of my opinions, praises, and even qualms with the Iowa Core Curriculum.
Instead, I'm just going to touch base on a few things about the ICC that I have learned since my college career started.

First off, the ICC appears to constantly be changing.  I was comparing what it looked like about 5 years ago compared to what it looks like now, in the year 2014.  It's absolutely incredible to see all of the (subtle) changes in the core.  And I can only imagine that the ICC will continue to annually change in some way or another.

The second aspect of the ICC that I want to touch base on is how it differentiates from the Common Core.
I could take days to write about the differences, but that does not sound all to beneficial for any parties involved.  Instead, I just want to point out how incredible it is that Iowa has its own core, and that the Common Core standards have to align with the Iowa Core  Curriculum.

I have a plethora of other things I could say about the Iowa Core Curriculum, but these two things are ones that stand out to me the most.

As I look ahead to having my own classroom, I begin to wonder what the Iowa Core Curriculum will look like when I begin teaching, as well as what it will look like in my last year of teaching.

Until next time,




What is it really? 

A couple of years ago,  I took a psychology class and was introduced to this term and was told the definition was "Thinking about thinking".  My brain hurt.  Thinking about much more in-depth can you go with a term?  

Since taking that class, metacognition has come up in any of my other psychology classes, as well as all of my classes for my educational technology degree.  It's become a part of how I approach my studies, and helps to determine what kind of lesson plan I want to create for students.

Metacognition is defined as: awareness or analysis of one's own learning or thinking processes.

It's neat to use metacognition as a base for creating lessons because I am thinking about my own thinking (AKA: learning) as well as thinking about what I want my studentsto think about while they're being taught.  I want the content I am teaching to reflect something that I have thought long and hard about, and feel strongly about. I believe that, in doing so, I can ensure that the material I am teaching is valuable, and full of content I find important.  Kind of a win-win in my book.

Until next time,


Using images for visual appeal...

Alright, so here's the deal.

Very, very few of my blog posts include any sort of image or video or anything that could be deemed "aesthetically pleasing to the eye".  I didn't think it was a huge deal...until I started to notice a trend in the blog posting of other people:  A lot of people use pictures and videos.  I mean, a lot of people.

You might be asking why I'm not one of those people.  Well, here is my one reason.  You may think it's a pathetic excuse, but it's still my reason.  I feel like I wouldn't know where to put graphics in my blog posting.
I'm more likely to post a video because the content can easily encompass the big picture of my blog posting.

So, now my question is, why should I find value in inserting graphics and videos into my blog posting.

What's that you say?

Enhancing visual literacy?

Alright, fine. I guess you win.

When I think about the blogs I've read by people who are talking about different milestones happening in the lives of their kiddos, or even pets, I suppose I am drawn in more by pictures and visual "proof" of what is being talked about in the blog, than if I only read a bunch of words, but didn't have the visual appeal and images to enhance the content of the blog. So yeah...I guess I'm winning aware for world's most ridiculous blogger.
So here's a picture of a cat.

     Hey, look at that!  I inserted an image.  Did I do it right?  No?  You mean, I cannot just insert random images wherever I please, and I need to use images that correspond with the content of my blog? Oh. Sorry, kitty.

         Alright, so in all seriousness, I am realizing the importance of being selective in where I insert images,
and I am going to start thinking more about how I can insert images into blogs that will be appropriate for what I'm talking about in my blog.  So, without further adieu....

An image that exhibits what this blog has entailed....

I suppose I can jump on board with this images thing and begin to work on developing skills in using visual literacy in my postings.