Sunday, August 31, 2014


Mr. Dancealot

The central message stated in Mr. Dancealot video presented by Kari Johnson is all teaching should not be confined to I give the information , you take notes style of teaching. In the video, the professor stands behind a podium and uses powerpoint to teach dance steps. When a student tries to follow the steps, the professor orders him to sit down.Students are falling alseep and not paying attention. The author is demonstrating that students must be engaged in their learning. The author makes her case by showing when it comes time to actually dance, the students had no clue what do. Although they tried to use their notes, it was hard for them to interact with each other. Yes I do agree with Kari Johnson's theory on teaching. All teaching should not be done in the traditional way. Students, especially in a dance class, need to interact with their peers and practice with each other.

Teaching in the 21st Century

21st Century Teaching Tools
Teaching in the 21st Century by Kevin Roberts is an innovative tool to get new educators to use all the technology that has been developed in the 21st Century. Roberts believes that the role of teachers is now obsolete if the teacher is only teaching facts and information. Students must be engaged not entertained. I am very excited to see the change in teaching formats. I want to get in the classroom now and start implementing the technology tools that were not available when I was in high school. This 21st Century style of teaching will affect me in a positive way. I want students to take the skills I have introduced to them in my class and used them in every day life. I definitely do not want to be labeled as a traditional style teacher. I have included an outline of the evidence and arguments that Roberts presented in the video. I hope that all future educators will use these tools in their classroom.

I. What does it mean to teach in the 21st Century?
A. If teachers could only provide
1. Content; facts; information
B. Our role as a teacher is obsolete

II. Students can find information anywhere
A. Blogs, Facebook, You Tube, Twitter

III. Teachers should be the filter of information not the independent source
A.What it means for the classroom of today
1. Rethinking the problems that are ask of students and the tools provided for their use
2. The tools are not distractions or temptations

IV. Engagement vs Entertainment
A. Tools are not for entertainment purposes only
B. Entertainment is not the same as Engagement

V. Where does it start?
A. It starts with YOU
1. Explore what's available
2. Start small
3. Use other teachers - Collaborate
4. Learn to take risks

The Networked Student

The Networked Student by Wendy Drexler is a youtube video about the 21st century student and what that student will face in the new technology classroom. The question that was posed in the video was: "Why does the networked student even need a teacher?" The video explains that the student must develop its' personal learning network (PLN). The student is using tools like Google and his mp3 player to develop his own blog and virtual textbook RSS reader. The teacher is there to encourage him to take advantage of every learning opportunity to further build his virtual textbook. The teacher is an organizer and a navigator for the student. She is there to make sure the student is excited about his work and getting the job done. I totally agree with this video. Although the 21st century student is being "groomed" to be an independent learner, teachers are needed to progress students and to help them maintain their PLN.

Harness Your Student's Digital Smarts

In the video Harness Your Student's Digital Smarts by Vicki Davis, Mrs. Davis shows that even in a rural area in Georgia, technology can be used to motivate students to learn and connect them to the world. Mrs. Davis shows teachers how to use technology integration in their classroom. She teaches new words and expects students to look them up themselves. She looks for students' strengths and interests and structures the lesson around them. Mrs. Davis states she "believes the whole idea of turning the school upside down and empowering students to share with one another" will develop a better classroom for all students. Teachers should teach them to become thinkers not just learners. Mrs. Davis emphasizes that teachers do not have to know every skill in order to teach it. Teachers can become learners as well. She introduces technology like Digiteen, which students post their assignments and research where everyone can read it. I believe that this 21st century classroom promotes student involvement. The ideas and concepts that Mrs. Davis introduces should be introduced to all classrooms. When students are enjoying what they are learning, they are predisposed to continue to want to learn new educational trends.

Who's Ahead in the Learning Race?

In Who's Ahead in the Learning Race? by Dr. John H. Strange gives examples of different learning tools that have be implemented at Gulf Shores Elementary School in Gulf Shores, Alabama. During the video, he compares elementary students skills on technology and Internet programs to undergraduate and graduate students' skills. I believe elementary students are ahead in the learning race. Technology is readily available and being introduced to them at an early stage of learning as compared to when I was in high school. When I was in high school, computers were only used to play games and write reports. As undergraduates and graduates are starting to use computers for everything, I believe their skills will overtake those of elementary students. These students are being taught to take risk and venture away from the traditional way of using technology. As a future parent, I am glad that schools like Gulf Shores Elementary are providing each student with a Mac laptop or Ipad. There are so many different ways to use them more than you can paper and pencil.

Flipping the Classroom

Flipping the Classroom
Flipping the Classroom is a youtube video uploaded by Lodge McCammon that introduces to parents what flipping the classroom means and what it entails. It explains to parents what flipping is, why they have started the program, and how flipping is done. Flipping is a leading-edge approach where students can watch videos at home, practice problems, and come back to class the next day with questions for the teacher. It gives the teacher an opportunity to spend more time on perfecting the lesson instead of wasting classroom instruction time starting the lesson from the beginning. It is a way learning can become creative and enjoyable. I am very new to this style of teaching. Before EDM 310, I had never heard of flipping a classroom. I believe that all subjects including Physical Education can benefit from this style of teaching. This state-of-the-art style of using technology during teaching can be useful in my classroom. In Health Education, I can direct students to videos to show them how to properly select nutritional foods and have them compare and contrast their findings in class instead of first introducing the lesson in class. It will give me more time to concentrate on developing in-class projects and more interacting time among students during class discussions.

Sunday, August 24, 2014

Practice Blog

Who am I? Why do I want to be an educator? What does an educator do in his or her practice? What are my passions?

A. Who I am?

1.Sammi Taylor
2. From DeRidder, La
3. Second Bachelor's in Health Education
4. Other degrees
5. Three siblings, Older sister, two younger brothers
6. Occupation

B. Why do I want to be an educator?

1. Love teaching
2. Love children
3. Love learning

C. What does an educator do in his or her practice?

1. Promotes learning
2. Encourages students
3. Develops dreams

D. What are your passions?

1. God
2. Sports
3. Family
4. Athletic Training

My name is Sammi Taylor. I am originally from DeRidder, La. I am pursuing my second Bachelor's degree in Health Education from South Alabama. I already have a Bachelor's in Sports Medicine from University of Louisiana-Lafayette. I have a Master's degree in Education with a concentration in Exercise Science from the University of Alabama-Birmingham. I am second of four siblings. I have an older sister Leisa, and two younger brothers, Derrick and Landon. What is unique about us is that we are all spaced out. My sister and I are ten years apart. My sister and brother Derrick are sixteen years about making us six years about. My youngest brother and I are nineteen years apart.

I am a certifed Athletic trainer. I have been practicing Athletic training for ten years. I have worked with high school sports for the entire ten years. I love my job and I love helping student-athletes achieve their dream of playing in college one day.

I want to enter the field of education because I have love teaching every since I was a child. I love being around children and I love to learn for myself different things. I want to promote learning and develop dreams in my students. I want to encourage my students that they have the power and determination to achieve every goal they set for themselves. I want to teach not just classroom lessons but life lessons. I want them to make their life better than their parents's life was and their precdecessors. In the 21st century, teachers will constantly have to find ways to keep students focused and interested in learning. I believe each generation will need more stimulus than the previous generation.

My Passions are:

I like to spend time with my family, hangout with friends, and watch any sporting event. My favorite hobby is doing 1000 piece puzzle. I want to get better at being a more open-book person. I am such a giver but when it comes to emotions, I keep them inside. I believe being a giver is my best quality. I want continue to be a good person and become a blessing to others.


What About EDM310?

You don't have to see the whole staircase, just take the first step
Before I registered for EDM 310, I asked a classmate what his thoughts were about the class. He informed me that the class was very time consuming and you had several projects to complete. He also informed me that if I didn't have time to dedicate a significant amount of time to the class, then I shouldn't register for it. This made me fearful because I didn't have a choice but to take it this semester because I was applying for Candidacy in the Spring. In addition, I have a full-time job that takes up much of my time. I also feared that I would be behind because the last time I was in a classroom, teachers were still using transparencies to teach. I am thinking to myself, here I am taking a class with twenty year olds and they have probably never seen a transparency, how am I going to get through this class?

EDM 310 is different from other classes I have taken in college because this class teaches you to learn in different formats than the traditional way of learning. This class teaches us to be independent learners. We as students must truly be devoted to learning not just memorizing. Most courses feed the information to you and test you on what you can remember. EDM 310 teaches you skills that will stay with you for your entire professional career. EDM 310 is similar to classes I have taken before in the fact that you are always to have a positive attitude towards what is being taught to you. Never have the attitude that you will never use these techniques because you want to be a PE teacher or a non traditional teacher that doesn't have a classroom. Another similarity is that asking for help is encouraged not frown upon. Classes that I have taken before really pushed this quality. Most of my teachers in undergraduate had an open door policy. They always encouraged students to come early in the semester and not wait until the end.

I think the most difficult thing for me in EDM 310 will be how to divide my time between EDM 310, my other classes, and work. I will have to find hidden time, like come early to class or get up an hour or two early each morning to work on the assignments and leave some time after work to finish assignments in my other classes. Other ways I can approach my difficult aspect is to print out a calendar and make sure I put all assignments down on their due date and when possible get an early start on future assignments.

My questions for EDM 310 would be: How will I be able to use the material I am learning in class to teaching Physical Education? How do I incorporate these media techniques to a skill lesson like baseball? Ideas I have to address these questions are when the projects and assignments are given that I can structure it to fit a physical education topic when it is allowed and I research how other physical education teachers may have incorporated audio and text to their lesson plans.

Looking ahead to the assignments that will be given, I know I will be challenged. I believe this class will continue to help me grow as a professional and to accomplish my goal to become a dedicated, hard working teacher willing to teach my students skills and knowledge they will not forget.