RSS in the Classroom Reflection

My Lesson Plan  

* NOTE:  This lesson plan was uploaded to Google doc. as a .pdf due to formatting complications during the upload process.

In 2012 I started my journey to become a licensed teacher.  My undergraduate degree, Early Childhood Education, did not provide me with a teaching license.  The graduate program I chose would guide me towards that goal.  As of April of this year, I finished my student teaching and obtained my teaching license in the State of Utah.  Because of this great accomplishment, I have now written hundreds of lesson plans and the process is still quite fresh in my mind.

I did teach 6th graders last spring.  I wrote my lesson plan for this assignment geared toward that age.  As I wrote this lesson plan, I wish I had thought to do this for my class.  We spent a minimum of 30 minutes daily writing.  How much fun would it have been for my class to have done their current event writing this way vs. the way they did it.  They would write daily in Pages on their iPads and then they would email their finished writings to me.  That meant 29 essays weekly to grade via my email (which got very clogged).  As soon as I saw this RSS assignment, I immediately had the idea of how that whole writing experience could have gone so much smoother!

As with any lesson plan, I always tend to over-plan.  However, because I know how much time my students used for daily writing, this lesson plan was organized with those thoughts in mind.  As with any planned lessons, flexibility is key because the day and week does not always go as planned.

I feel passionately that children need to be learning how to use the Internet in finding worthwhile content.  I also feel that is so important for students to be aware of what is going on in the world around them.  I felt that combining researching current events with daily writing, this plan is a win-win.  I am actually sad that I am not teaching right now because this particular lesson plan (which is written for every day of the year) would be so fun.  I would love to see it implemented with a real class and I may even send it to some of the teachers I know.

Setting up the blogs at the very beginning of the year and walking through the process with the students would be key.  I would spend the first several weeks of computer lab time to help the students practice using their blog before we actually launched into the research of current events.  We would practice copy and pasting the required elements into the post so they can write efficiently.  With practice and repetition, the students would be ready to fully execute this lesson plan within about a month.

In Idaho, the state standards say that students must have good writing skills of planning, organizing, revising, and publishing.  Standards also say that students must use technology to collaborate and publish their writings.  By peer reviewing, the students will also get in a good habit of constructively criticizing their peers, encourage suggestions, and help the peers in the proofreading process.

RSS in Education

You can copy and paste directly to your post page, embed an Evernote or Google Doc or any number of ways to display your artifact. Include a reflection for each artifact, along with assigning the proper AECT Standard.

As you can see in this post, the AECT Standards, “3.1 Media Utilization” and “4.4 Information Management” have been assigned to this post.

You will want to include a discussion of how the AECT Standard aligns with your artifact, why it is important, and probably revisit this artifact later in the program to identify how the artifact connects practice to theory.

You will need to decide which artifacts to use for your final portfolio for the M.E.T. program. You can easily “hide” artifacts from view by changing their status from “published” to “draft.”  That way, you will always have the artifact in your website.

Category Widget

Can you also see how the Categories widget shows the AECT Standard assigned to this post? Think about how handy this will be as you continue to post your artifacts to your learning log, assigning the AECT Standards. All you will need to do is click one of the standards in the widget and all of your posts will appear for you to review. This will come in very handy at the end of the program.