COIN SKEE

Coin Skee was inspired by the my childhood favorite Skee Ball, the main goal of my game was to get the ball in the hole and each hole represented pennies, nickels and dimes. If the player got it in the penny slot he or she would have to make twenty cents out of pennies, if the player made it in the nickel slot they would have to make twenty cents out of nickels and the dime slot they would have to make twenty cents out of dimes. My game was basically built for a younger age group. this game helps familiarize them with counting and understanding the concept of money.

coins

Coin Skee was a combination of both skill and knowledge, it tested peoples ability to aim and face a little challenge, as for knowledge, definitely tested those counting skills for some. I believe people had fun and found the style of playing, interesting and exciting. The players actually lean when they win the game, because when they win they have the opportunity to count using images of pennies, nickels and dimes. So they had to showcase their knowledge and was able to take their time.

The mechanics of the game turned out perfectly fine with me, I would probably tweet certain things here and there, but over all i tried my best, i was actually anxious to build my version of a skee ball machine. The things I would change, would probably be the appearance, it wasn’t what I visualized, I think I wanted more visual stimulation like color even lights! As for the rules, I would keep the same concept but change it by laying out the coins so the students can pick out the coins and help identify pennies, nickels and dimes

 

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Reflection

This class was by far the most interesting class I’ve ever had! It was different and for this short three weeks I felt so connected to the field of childhood education and what it has to offer. As for the blogging, I’ve officially became a fan, it felt good promoting my thoughts and projects to web and the class. I was so into the blogging that I posted our class link onto my Facebook and got some interesting feed back from friends and family, they actually enjoyed reading our posts. I wish I had more classes like this simply because it made you think and work from a different perspective, NOT your traditional “open the book, read the book, and take the test” routine!

ADD A PACK

 

 

STEP 1: MATERIALS

  1. DRAW OR FIND A PRINT OUT OF THREE BOXES
  2. DECK OF CARDS

EXPLORE ACTIVITIES:

Choose the two numbers , then fan out four cards with the answer as part of the choice. The cards i used were

  • Diamond 6
  • Diamond 4
  • And gave the answers 8,9,5,10

CORE ACTIVITY:

The child at this point can learn to see numbers and count them using a pack of cards. Everyone has a pack a cards some where at home, so its a fun and new way to help your child or student with simple addition.

RULES:

Examine the deck of cards and eliminate , the Jack, the Queen, the King and Ace. This game is sutiable for one or two players.

GOAL: The goal of this game is to help children build their math skills with simple and easy accessed items.

TEST: I played this game with my Niece, she was able to add all the numbers and use the visual to help her add. I played about three different games with her and she had fun.

IT’S IN THE BAG

The game I found the most interesting and the one I especially remembered as a child is “It’s in the Bag”. The basic rules of this game is guessing the correct price of the lining up grocery items. The first Two bags are usually the easiest and then the rest is a bit tricky.

THESE ARE THE 5 GROCERY ITEMS

THE DIFFERENT PRICE RANGE, NOW GUESS WHAT ITEMS GO INTO WHAT BAG

 

THE CORRECT MATCH

For my modified version i kept my focus on the my little Kindergarten group. they actually played  my version and some of them got it.my version involves matching and identifying number. My version has a lot of visual aid for them to rely on.

 

RULES: My rules were to basically match the items from the bag with the items I lined up on the table. I mixed them around and allowed the kids I worked with to take their time.

GOAL: My goal was to see how much time the students took to figure out and match each items. I closely observed their little strategies on how to solve the problem and gave their final answers. This was another fun way to familiarize numbers in different ways.

CORE MECHANICS: to help the player, I made sure that I incorporated enough  visual aid as I can. Along side the counting dots I also provided a fun image.

COMPONENTS:

  • Numbers 1-5 ( image of number and words)
  • Bags
  • Images to match  the numbers and words

SPACE: The player stand in front of bags with the given numbers to match the numbers in the bag.

 

SKEE BALL

The game I found the most interesting is the SKE BALL machine. I mean not only was it my favorite game as a child, but even today this game never fails to excite me ( sad I know ). I remember as a child as I would try to figure out the point system . The higher the ball landed the more points I got, it was the simple for me, BUT I had to get that ball in ! NOT so simple at a young age. When I play the game as an adult the whole game plan changed, i was more focused on the position I was throwing the ball in, how to get it in the 100 points slot and the my speed.

To modify this game I would keep the concept the same, but I prefer the kids to actually add up the points on their own .  I think  adding the points, staying focused and helping children build a tiny competitive side to them can keep chlidren intrested in different activities. Especially for the younger kids, I would say 1st grade or even 2nd grade. Another reason why I choose this game is because you can use several different point system  depending on the age group, for our older age group ( lets say 5th-7th grade) we can try multiplication. This can help kids not only flex their arm mucles but their brian as well !

For my DS106 assignment I decided to go for a visual. I Google humors pictures of Buddha and I found myself connected to this one. I choose this image because it made me thing of the reincarnation theory. And the baby is basically thinking, he’s Buddha and he’s back to this new generation and he accepts a new lifestyle and new Philosophy. Pixlr.com is the program i choose to help me edit this picture, it was a fun site compared to the other ones I tried using.

FLIPPED CLASSROOM

The flipped classroom is an advantage  to the classroom environment, introducing student and teachers to a different way of learning and teaching. Since the concept is something shared online for others to see,it is an advantage for others to share their opinions and share new ideas. Sharing these new ideas can help students understand the topic and help teachers find a new way of teaching the topic, especially when there more than one teacher involved. For example the program Sophia allows teachers to help other teachers, which is a program known as Teachers-Teaching Teachers. Teachers-Teaching Teachers is a program designed to help teachers understand the concept of flipping their classrooms through web conferences or “webinars“. With this program, along side many other programs offered teachers can find new ways to teach students and keep them interested. I believe this  trend was chosen because it hits so many new and old  ideas and bringing them to light. Although many people participate in these programs, there are soo many individuals  out there who need to take advantage of these programs and introduce it to communities, especially communities who don’t have the advantage of technology in there school environment.

Some interesting resources embedded in the trend is the program known as the Ted-Ed. I find Ted-Ed interesting because its based on educators making videos talking about different topics and reaching out to students. I can relate to this because, as a student when I don’t understand something the first thing i rely on is YouTube videos. Sometimes stepping out of the traditional way of doing research can be refreshing.  Another program known as , is a program built to reach out to individual who want to share what they know about a topic and for others who want to learn about a topic. Its a great way to communicate about ideas and allow others to tweak it or learn from it. Being a part of any of these programs, can be beneficial in so many ways. The concept of thoughts/ideas coming together from across the country or even across the world, shows not only how technology has advanced but how people are more open to other culturally ideas and learning methods.

A blog that was embedded into the trend was  Why I Gave Up Flipped Instruction , basically this blog was written by a teacher who found “love” and hate in the flipped classroom instructions.Shelly Wright begins to blog her experience from the beginning to the end.

My flipped experiments

I first encountered the flip in a blog post. At the time, it was a relatively new idea (at least in the K12 world). There weren’t any websites or books devoted to it. And while the particular post I read was actually expounding the virtues of traditional teaching vs. the flip, I thought, “Flipping could actually work.”

My students loved the idea of trying something that very few other students were doing. Some of my students even benefited from watching and re-watching videos. Even so, we used it sparingly. We never moved to an entirely flipped classroom that required my students to watch lecture after lecture, day after day, by video. Even so, when we did “flip,” it felt more like we were juggling the traditional lecture around than moving forward into a new learning paradigm.

Later on Wright starts to explain how her and her classroom transition into the flip and back to a regular classroom.

The flip faded away

As this new way of learning played out over time, my students found they didn’t need me to locate or create videos for them. Instead, they learned how to learn, and they were able to find their own resources. For me, this was a much more important skill than following my directions or using the resources I told them to use.

As this shift occurred, the flip simply disappeared from our classroom. It took almost a year for me to notice it was gone. Instead, our classroom had become a place where students discovered and shared their own resources, while engaging in projects with each other. There was no need for me to assign video homework or create portable lectures. It all happened during class.

Lest anyone think we were able to do this because we learn in a high-tech school, that’s not the case. We weren’t a 1:1 classroom. We used whatever devices my students had, which often was a couple of iPads, a few computers, and student cell phones. There were students who didn’t have a device, so other students shared. We made it work and everyone learned.

 

 

Autism

 

 

The blog I found myself drawn to is Thoughts of an Autism Teacher. I found this Blog while looking for teachers and classrooms for kids with special needs. I’m interested in this blog because the blogger seems very interested and engaged in her students. She posts up the most interesting little projects and ideas for the classroom, which can certainly make a difference for children with Autism. I’m currently a substitute teachers aid for children with special needs. Majority of the students I work with have Autism. Everyday I learn something new and  each day I work in different classrooms with different teachers. Each teacher has their own unique way of setting up their classrooms with their own special reasons and solutions.  As you spend time with different teachers, you begin to see the “method to their madness”.

The blog Thoughts of an Autism Teacher can build a connection with my peers by help them understand the difference between a basic classroom and a classroom for children with autism and special needs. Reading thorough this blog has helped me  have a better understanding on how to work one on one with my students and understand why certain teachers avoid a visually busy classroom.

“One mistake I see sometimes in other autism classrooms is the overuse of visuals. What, you say?? Visuals are so important to students with autism, right??

Yes, visuals are important. However, some teachers take this a little too far. If you have TOO many visuals…

1) They lose their meaning. Student’s don’t know what to attend to.

2) They can be too visually overstimulating and distracting.

I like a lot of the suggestions from the blog, Clutter-Free Classroom. This blog is not actually an autism blog, but many of the concepts apply. Classrooms that are clean, organized, and minimize visually stimuli create great environments for our kiddos to learn.”

Not only is it important to research what teachers had to blog about Special needs, I was also interested in the parents perspective. Understanding a condition inside out can also make a difference. Working with the parents and parents working with the teachers can help children make little changes day by day.A more personal blog coming from a  parent whose daughter has Autism is, Child’s Work, Child’s Play Blog. The author of this blog is Jessica, and she reaches out to other parents and help them with little tips here and there on how to cope with different situations for Autism. Her personal posts are touching and you can feel the love that she has for her daughter. Jessica not only reaches out to parents, she also gives brilliant ideas for activities and art for teachers. One the most inspirational and touching post she made is Finding Happy ( MUST READ ). With the recent tragedy that happened in Connecticut, I believe people need to learn and understand that Autism is not the blame, and sometimes you come across people with ignorant remarks and comments just because they don’t understand.

On a more personal note, I recently realized how much people are clueless about this condition. I had a conversation with a close family member and they actually questioned Autism and practically tried to make it an issue regarding the Connecticut shooting, at that point I was in tears, trying to explain to them what autism really is. Working with these kids you begin to have connection you didn’t even know was there. At that point I realized how much I truly love working with my kids. With one explanation at a time people will eventually wiser about the condition and stand up for these innocent children, teenagers and adults.

 

Peanut Butter Oatmeal Cookies

 

Hey Cookie Lovers,

I’ve decided to share a not so secret recipe, but a yummy one. I’m not great in the kitchen, but a friend of mine gave me the idea, since I LOVE her Peanut Butter Oatmeal Cookies. So honestly this is my first time making them,she basically texted me the ingredients and the steps.  So you can follow me step by step as I followed her step by step,  to share her version of these cookies. WISH ME LUCK !!

Ingredients

Ingredients

  • OIL
  • EGGS (2)
  • STICK OF BUTTER
  • NUTMEG
  • VANILLA
  • CINNAMON
  • BAKING SODA
  • FLOUR
  • BROWN SUGAR (PACKED)
  • SLICED ALMOND
  • QUAKER OATS
  • GRANOLA
  • PEANUT BUTTER COOKIE MIX
  • COOKING SPRAY
  • COOKIE PAN

STEPS

  1. Pre-heat your oven to 350 degrees
  2. Crack two eggs into a mixing bowl

Then add to the eggs (wet ingredients)

  • 1/2 cup of melted butter.
  • 3 tablespoons of oil.
  • 2 tablespoons of water.
  • 1 tablespoon of vanilla.

 

3. Mix all the wet ingredients together.

4. In a separate bowl we’ll mix start adding our dry Ingredients.

  • 3/4 cup of quick oats.
  • 1/4 cup of flour.
  • 1/2 cup of brown sugar.
  • 1/2 cup sliced almonds.
  • 1/2 cup granola.
  • 1 tablespoon of cinnamon.
  • 1 tablespoon of nutmeg .
  • 1 tablespoon of baking soda.
  • then add the bag of peanut butter cookie mix to the dry ingredients.

5. AT LAST we mix our wet ingredients with our dry ingredients.

6. Spread  foil onto the cookie pan.

7.Then spay canola oil on the cookie pan.

8. Put mixture onto the pan.

9. Put cookies into the oven and bake for 11-13 minutes.

BON APPETIT

WET INGREDIENTS: EGGS.MELTED BUTTER.OIL.WATER.VANILLA

 

DRY INGREDIENTS: BAKING POWDER.CINNAMON.NUTMEG.BROWN SUGAR.GRANOLA.QUAKER OATS.SLICED ALMONDS.PEANUT BUTTER COOKIE MIX.

 

AFTER MIXING ALL THE INGREDIENTS TOGETHER, PLACE COOKIES ONTO COOKIE PAN AND BAKE AT 350 DEGREES FOR ABOUT 11-13 MINS.

Tutorials probably one of the most helpful and popular things on the internet today, especially for our visual learners. I believe people share their process with others because they feel they can help others understand their way better. Even though there is probably more than one video tutorial, showing you the same things, its still different. Everyone has their own unique way of explaining a procedure.

As for my Tutorial, I think I did a pretty good job, since half the cookies are already gone.I definitely found this exciting, this experience was a little more  personal, because my parents were surprised to see me in the kitchen. I really hope you guys will try it because its really yummy.