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Posts Made By: Singvogel
Board: The VENT 11-29-2020, 05:17 AM
Replies: 10
Posted By Singvogel
Have not responded, yet

Thank you, all, for your support. I initially felt like I was being a little nasty, but you are right that I need to set boundaries.

For our hybrid model, I have to post a schedule of individual...
Board: The VENT 11-27-2020, 05:39 AM
Replies: 10
Posted By Singvogel
email- shouldn't have looked

I checked work email on my break because I had an invite to a free Online PD. Of course, I looked at other emails...

Parent wants me to get next week's work together because child has family...
Board: BusyBoard 11-27-2020, 05:33 AM
Replies: 10
Posted By Singvogel
Yes, modified

We still run drills, but there is no evacuation. Basically, we review procedures.

Our classes are spaced at 6 ft., masks required for third-sixth.
Board: The VENT 11-24-2020, 03:43 PM
Replies: 10
Posted By Singvogel
Technical "noise"

In audio recording, the nemesis is what's called "noise." It could be interference from another source, or it could just be a lousy, unshielded onboard mic.

If moving other electronics out of the...
Board: Teachers' Lounge 11-09-2020, 05:55 PM
Replies: 7
Posted By Singvogel
Yes to weighted keys, full size, headphones

Weighted keys are important to developing an expressive playing style. The full size, 88 keys, will allow a greater range of music to be played. Headphones will save others while she is practicing. ...
Board: Teachers' Lounge 11-06-2020, 04:23 AM
Replies: 7
Posted By Singvogel
Had to get a new one, too

I just switched from a 10 to an 11 because my coffee spilled into the pocket in my purse where my phone was.

i like the 11, but it is a little big for my hand, and it seems heavier, even though...
Board: Teachers' Lounge 11-05-2020, 04:19 AM
Replies: 31
Posted By Singvogel
thumbs up sbslab

Elderly is a great choice. i would upvote, thumbs up, or like if I could.
Board: BusyBoard 11-04-2020, 04:42 AM
Replies: 1
Posted By Singvogel
Use it- love it

I use Classcraft with fifth and/or sixth graders depending on the year.

I think of it as Class Dojo meets World of War Craft. The avatars really drive the students' interest at first.

I set up...
Board: BusyBoard 10-31-2020, 07:04 AM
Replies: 3
Posted By Singvogel
You're welcome!

I see my students in an AM/PM model right now. One group did the hidden cupcake monster and the other the candy corn monster. They are fifth grade, and both were a huge hit.

The PM group had huge...
Board: BusyBoard 10-31-2020, 06:40 AM
Replies: 6
Posted By Singvogel
We do a theme

This year, it was zookeeper and zoo animals. Here's a pic of the staff who could make it to the before school picture.
Board: The VENT 10-31-2020, 05:00 AM
Replies: 11
Posted By Singvogel
Displays ignorance of email systems

You can customize your options so that "reply all" isn't the first one in the list. I changed mine after I accidentally replied all. Since I hate it, too, I thought I'd better do something about my...
Board: BusyBoard 10-29-2020, 04:27 PM
Replies: 3
Posted By Singvogel

If you use Minecraft Education Edition, they have a fun lesson on building a huge jack-o-lantern. Students who are familiar can also light with redstone.

Directed drawing if they have supplies:...
Board: The VENT 10-29-2020, 04:25 PM
Replies: 15
Posted By Singvogel

If it's any consolation, I reteach cursive and require it in fifth grade. Once they get over their resistance to anything new, they embrace it. They generally say it's so much easier, and they can...
Board: The VENT 10-29-2020, 10:52 AM
Replies: 15
Posted By Singvogel
So true-

But glue sticks just canít do the hold it together until open house that liquid does.

They used sticks for the small pieces on the inside of pop up books, but theyíre using liquid to assemble the...
Board: The VENT 10-29-2020, 09:52 AM
Replies: 15
Posted By Singvogel
In shock- fifth grade

This isnít really a vent. I just didnít know where else to put it.

I teach fifth grade this year, and I just had a fifth grader say he didnít know how to use liquid glue! I had to show him how to...
Board: The VENT 10-29-2020, 04:24 AM
Replies: 3
Posted By Singvogel
Feel your paperwork pain

Being in CA, I'm sure you're having to do the extra daily "engagement forms." We're covering the state from lawsuits that might claim we aren't delivering an education.
Board: Teachers' Lounge 10-25-2020, 06:20 AM
Replies: 7
Posted By Singvogel
Chat function is the problem

As with many Online multi-player games, the problem is with the chat function. You can play with strangers, so you know all that is opened up by that.

Here's a link to the Common Sense Media...
Board: The VENT 10-22-2020, 03:44 AM
Replies: 9
Posted By Singvogel
Going F2F full time

Our school board voted to move from hybrid to full time F2F.

Needless to say, our teachers are very stressed, including me. There are so many questions. Among them- Do parents really understand...
Board: Teachers' Lounge 10-20-2020, 03:36 AM
Replies: 36
Posted By Singvogel
Happy anniversary! Your last sentence says a lot...

Happy anniversary! Your last sentence says a lot about how you accomplished this.

Wishing many more years of...
Board: The VENT 10-19-2020, 05:14 PM
Replies: 8
Posted By Singvogel
Subasaurus- Yes!

Really, I have nothing much more to add. While technology can be amazing (I read on a Kindle when I have to, use digital Breakouts with my students, use Google Classroom , enjoy robots, ....), it...
Board: The VENT 10-19-2020, 03:49 AM
Replies: 6
Posted By Singvogel
Weekly engagement forms

Yes, SoDone! The unnecessary paperwork is ridiculous.

In CA, we have to do forms weekly that track "student engagement." We're doing our jobs, trying to deliver both in-person (hybrid model) and...
Board: BusyBoard 10-18-2020, 04:25 PM
Replies: 11
Posted By Singvogel
"Defense of Grade"

I teach fifth and/or sixth, depending on the year.

For group projects or simulations, I have students write a defense of grade detailing what grade they believe they earned, and what they did to...
Board: Teachers' Lounge 10-18-2020, 05:03 AM
Replies: 87
Posted By Singvogel
Wonderful news!

Congratulations! I wish you years of happiness and joy with your new sweetheart.
Board: Teachers' Lounge 10-18-2020, 05:01 AM
Replies: 37
Posted By Singvogel
Have sewed for a job

I started when I was in the primary grades doing hand-sewn Barbie outfits for my sister's Barbies.

My first lesson on a machine was with Mom. She made me rip a seam before letting me touch the...
Board: The VENT 10-13-2020, 05:43 PM
Replies: 13
Posted By Singvogel
Google Classroom "Turn In"

Students can make it look like they've done something (at least to their parents who don't know any better). I've been over that with parents. "Turn In" doesn't guarantee that something was actually...

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