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A Journey Back in Time to First Snow of the season on Nov. 27, 2013…. I imagine this video shall become a series:) – created at http://animoto.com
Poem by: Dorothy Cameron SmithPhotography by Myself, Nicola Schneider
This was an old assignment I have found among my paper piles… It was written when I was only 14 years old, um, that would be 20 years ago, when I couldn’t even fathom ever being 34 years old!
I am Nikki, but really Nicola.
I am exactly 14 years old (plus one day).
I am a student in my ninth year,
at Sir Allan MacNab High School.
At my tallest, I am five foot seven.
My eyes are greyish-blue
And my hair is blond but almost brown.
I am older than Mali, Tara and Darryl,
Younger than Lisa, Shauna, Cindy and Lori.
My birthday is in March,
I love warm weather
and fluffy, white snow
And Christmas and summer.
When I was little,
I watched Sesame Street and cartoons.
I still watch cartoons,
but not Sesame Street- very often.
My room is a mess
Because I like it that way.
Books and clothes are all over the floor,
But what else are floors for?
It’s organized chaos.
I wish I were rich,
And if I were
I’d have a bigger house,
And an expensive sports car.
I’d travel all over the world
in my very own private jet.
But I’m not rich.
Dreams are free.
I love my psycho mother,
My brother, who is my friend,
And Coffee, my cat.
My name is Nikki.
(Written, April 1st, 1991)
This is One for the Files.... What an easy & fun assignment to have students do!
Everybody likes to know that they’ve done good work and what they do is appreciated. I’m not saying we need banners and sky-writers after every wonderful thing we do, but an acknowledgement is appreciated. Today was one of those days for me, and I only worked for the morning!
“You know what, Mrs Schneider? You’re my favourite supply teacher!” (boy, 4th grade)
“It’s Mrs Schneider, What a great day!” (Grade 8 boy, and I’m just going to pretend it wasn’t because he perceived it to mean he could slack off!)
“Mrs Schneider is awesome!” (overheard 2 grade 6 girls in conversation in the hallway)
“You know, the kids really enjoy having you in the classroom!” (A teacher whose room I was recently in for the day)
Knowing the staff and students is definitely a benefit to working in a school on a regular basis. Sometimes as an occasional teacher, we do not have the opportunity to build such a rapport. While it is great to work in many schools to gain experience in many different settings, there are some definite advantages to having a “main” school. These benefits are evident to everyone:
Students get to know me and I get to know them. I am able to greet most of them by name as they exit the bus, or enter the classroom, or as I pass them in the hallways. I tend to know more of them by name than some of the staff, as I teach in across all the grades and subjects.
Teachers and other staff also come to know me, and I them. This means I learn about the teaching styles of many teachers and become familiar with their classroom routines and expectations. Teachers also do not mind leaving less-detailed lesson plans. Sometimes we can connect, previous to an assignment, to go over the day in person. Or, if they were not expecting to be away and know I will be in, they are comforted by the fact that I know the routines and where supplies are and the students’ names, personalities and quirks.
I become familiar with the school’s procedures, rules, routines and expectations. This makes everybody’s lives easier.
Even parents come to know me. Knowing their child’s anxiety is less than when they have to meet a stranger is helpful, in some cases more than others. Who are we kidding, in some cases, it may ease parents’ anxiety more than their childrens’.
When I go to those familiar schools, I believe it is often a more productive and comfortable day for a lot of the people involved in the school.
And, when everyone is happy, we can get on with happily learning.
We can BUMP IT UP – DO BETTER TO BE BETTER!
… that I would ever be taking photos and videos on a digital camera, importing the files onto my computer, then uploading them to Animoto.com, mixing them with a sound file, creating a video, transferring it to YouTube.com, adding a link to it on my WordPress Blog, sharing it on Facebook.com, watching it later on my iTouch… and, guess what? It was almost easier to do than typing out all these steps!!! Our students are doing this every day, without all of this thought… AMAZING!
A quick walk to the bridge turns into a near epic adventure! – created at http://animoto.com.
Microsoft AutoCollage2008 is available to Educators, for FREE, to help make your classroom a Web20 one.
Or, here, listed with other FREE tools…
Definitely makes great photo album covers! And, imagine… you go on a class trip… what better way to organize all the photos into one spot to display in your classroom and/or in your class blog or school newsletter, or…..
Remember, the key here, is Auto Collage, meaning you don’t pick where each picture goes, but the results are quick, easy and impressive. (Hey, you don’t have to tell everyone what program you used, and they’ll think you are a genius!)
For example, here is a Collage of a Kindergarten trip to a local farm, Dyment’s, from last October. (To respect privacy, I have selected photos with either no children, or that you cannot recognize specific children.)…
Imagine the themes you can gather together…
And, you can alter the size and orientation…
I hope this helps you to:
Bump It Up – Do Better to Be Better!
Nicola Schneider, Occasional Teacher, 13 years