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Wednesday, August 24, 2011

Tech In-Service

Today myself and a couple other staff members had the opportunity to go to a neighboring school to see a presentation about technology and using it in the classroom. I really didn't know if I would be the best person to go, seeing that I (only!) teach kindergarten and our school is 4K-8th grade, but since I am coming to realize that I am a tech geek in the making, I thought it'd be worth my while.  After all, 5 years olds are coming to school more computer savvy than I was in high school!  Well, the presenter, Kevin Honeycutt - was GREAT!  It's amazing to see how much teaching and learning is changing in this digital age!  Technology can do so much for us now a-days that it's kind of scary!  Will children even need to learn how to read in the future, or will computers and such read everything out loud?  Will people need to know how to write, or will we all just type - or dictate?  Will schools of the future even look like the schools of today?  Or will students be learning and collaborating via their digital devices from their living rooms and creating virtual projects in a virtual world, with "classmates" half way around the world!  The next 20 years will probably see more changes in how society interacts, functions, and handles everyday routines then the last 100!  As long as the premise of Idiocracy (one of my favorite satirical movies) doesn't come true, and we have people continually learning, creating, developing and sharing, I think (or at least hope!) I can handle it!  Anyways, I seem to have gotten off track here a bit...  I wanted to share with you some of the amazing resources that I found today!  There's so many you just need to go and check them out for yourself!  Click on the link and it will take you to Kevin Honeycutt's site.  Then, click on the picture of the toolbox and you will find a TON of links to various educational sites, resources, etc.  It's awesome!  Oh - and after watching the presentation, I REALLY want an i-pad for the classroom!  Sooooo many great educational apps!  Happy exploring! 

Wednesday, August 17, 2011

Promethean calendar

Mid way through the school year last year, I was lucky enough to get a Promethean Board (like a smart board) for my classroom.  I was (and still am) sooo excited to get one and all the cool things you can do on it!  Little did I realize how much work goes into creating quality, interactive flip-charts!  Soo.... I did what I could last year (which was really the basics - plus I had a lot of technical problems that needed fixing) with the plan to create a lot more over the summer.  Well, we go back to school in about a week and a half and I have created one, yes only one, new flip-chart- my September calendar.  (check it out below!) While I am really excited about it, I feel like I should have created at least 10 others along with it!  Maybe I will make that (and about 50 other things) my goal for the year.  Since my calendar routine builds and new things are added each month, this is one that I will definitely have to stay on top of!  I still can't believe it is almost time to go back!


Tuesday, August 9, 2011


Hi!  My name is Jenny Dziewior and I have been teaching full day kindergarten for the last 10 years.  I absolutely love that we (I) get to sing my favorite songs and read my favorite books over and over!  The kids don't even realize they are learning, and their brains are just like little sponges - ready to soak up anything and everything- and their eyes are always filled with wonder and amazement (that is of course when they aren't filled with tears and missing their moms, or upset that they someone said they "can't go to their birthday party" that's 7 months away!) I have so much fun on a daily basis and the kids just say the cutest things!  Plus, they are incredibly honest, not matter what the cost!

Anyways, I have become quite addicted to all the fabulous and inspiring teacher blogs out there (you know who you all are - yes, YOU!) that I have decided to (try!) and create my own blog in hopes of giving back to others for all the great ideas I have received, and share the joy and inspiration that the kindergarteners bring me.  So... welcome, thanks for stopping by, and I hope to see you often!