Make!! (2-19)

Making week of 2/19/18

Video of me reading these questions(Click the link please.)

Michael Kudosh- Reading questions!!

For this week, I have brainstormed many questions that deal with connected learning and equality.

These questions are:

  • As an educator, how can use equity when giving a grade to students?
  • How can teachers use connected learning strategies in a classroom when writing a lesson plan?
  • Which subjects or subject do you use aspects of connected learning and equity in? How do you specifically do this?
  • How do I use equity in a classroom when most of my students come from the same background and culture?
  • How can I better understand equity and connected learning when comparing myself to other educators?
  • How can we use blogs like the current, to connect with other teachers about connected learning and equity?
  • How can I personally make Philadelphia schools equal to suburban schools in terms or networking and resources?
  • How can we make learning more interesting in terms of using connected learning?

Reflection!!!!! Week of 2/12

From my blog, the areas I struggled with most are classroom management. Specifically, when dismissing students. At my school, we dismiss pupils from the classroom. At times, parents and other staff members told me that is one of the areas I need to improve upon with my classroom management. I personally agree but, it still bothers me that I am struggling with this.

Notes to myself (Honest Notes!)

Monday-Why are students so wild at the end of the day? !!

Tuesday- OMG, these kids again, what consequence should I give him.

Wednesday- For once, can these kids just listen?

Thursday- What are these parents going to think of me? I am trying my best.

Friday- Here we go, the administration is in the building; I have to keep the kids quiet on the carpet. This is the game in real life.

Classroom Events:

Monday- Two kids started to scream at each other because he told him to “play nice”. At the time, I was speaking to a parent about another issue.

Tuesday and Wednesday- Students were sitting on a carpet for two minutes quiet until another student got up to see his mom. Once that happened, all students started to talk and the room became very loud.

Thursday and Friday- At both days, students were throwing trash on the rug and telling each other to “shut up”. At this time, I was speaking to a parent about academics.

Overall, my students, my students are producing fantastic work in the areas of reading, writing, and math. However, when looking at the environment of the classroom, I do not see anything that connects with character. I need to make an anchor chart that lists expectations about dismissal with students images and language. I also spoke with my students about the dismissal. Overall, students said,” I should make a chart that lists excellent behaviors and the awards we will receive because of the good first-grade behavior”


As an educator, students will follow dismissal procedures clearly when I explicitly list expectations on an anchor chart and give prizes out for following the expectation dismissal chart. Connected learning, teaches us that we are all learners and learn from one another. I take it as a learning experience for myself, to ask students how I can best instruct them. I never looked at how beneficial this is for the classroom culture. Learning lets me reflect on my teaching practice and how I can become a distinguished teacher by listening to others who are younger or older.

Developing professional relationships are very important in the educational world and connected learning neighborhood. As an educator, I need to watch, connect and learn about how other educators dismiss students. I personally need to intermingle and observe. This is because I can see where other teachers might struggle. Together, we can resolve the situation with a solution. Also, connecting with educational groups and posting about my teaching struggles can benefit me. Teachers may have the same situation in which I am in when dismissing students.

Throughout my young teaching career, my failures lead to success. I also notice when someone might “mess up” people come together and try to resolve the situation. Connected learning supports working together to help one another. I also notice in times of hardship, people from different cultures and nationalities come together to help each other. For example, the hurricane in Puerto Rico. Everyone came together to support a cause.

My Connections that Last a Lifetime:) (F5F 2/16!!)

1) Mentors- Dr. Iles

Most of you probably know her because she is a professor at Arcadia. She actually was my next-door teacher mentor last school year. I went to her so many times about the problems I needed to work on as an educator. She always supported me and gave me wonderful suggestions. Plus they always worked for me! Without Dr. Iles, I do not know how I would survive my first year of teaching. She is a excellent resource with a wealth of knowledge about education.


2) Next, I belong to a teacher network called induction. This is a state mandated program for level 1 teachers. In the induction program, we talk about how our teaching career is going so far. In the class, teachers problem solve together to find common ground. We also learn researched based evidence about the importance of building character with students. All districts should offer the Induction program for teachers that have less than 6 years of experience.


3) Online, I belong to a group I mentioned previously. This is a group for Philadelphia Union educators called PFT 3 local. I really like this group because Philadelphia educators are able to post situations where they wobble. Honestly, I am going to post about struggling with classroom management during dismissal. I want to see if other educators around the city go about solving this issue.


4) Another great connection is my grade group team this year. We are a very diverse group. Meaning, our teaching experience is from 2 years to 30 years. We work as a team and really help each other. As a teacher, I feel like it is beneficial when connecting with educators that teach the same grade as you. These teachers have to teach the concept and may or may not have the same wobbles as you.


5) On Facebook, there is also a group called, First Grade Fun times. This is a network for elementary school teachers or any teachers all around the world. I highly recommend that you join. I personally posted a time when I struggled to communicate with a parent. The suggestions I received were and are amazing! I used these suggestions and the parent requested me for their child this year.



My 5 Eagles education topics!!!!!(2/9/2018)

Thank you for the day off Eagles:) From a Philly educator!

1) As a Philadelphia educator, I connected with the idea that having math circles are essential for understanding your students on a deeper level. I personally do not use math circles in my classroom, but I really need too! In one of my Professional Developments math circles were used. From these math circles, I was able to learn a lot of information about how my colleagues think about different situations and mathematical concepts


2) The article about the NFL protests really struck me. I personally do not agree with the protest, but as a big NFL fan this article struck me. As educators, we need to make real world connections in the classroom. We also need to advocate for our students. This means, letting our students express their opinions and take ally ship of the situation. Connected Learning is a big part of the article because teamwork was involved when developing and publishing the letter. I need to do something like this for my class!!

3) In my class, I have reading centers for all students in my classroom. These centers help students in the areas of reading development and socialization skills. Like this weeks unit, students in these centers are playing reading education games. I do this so students can learn from one another and I personally see the progress students make academically and socially from these student-centered centers

4) I really liked Ms. Johns post about the color switch game! She made a great point when she connected the game to her students. At times as a educator, we forget at times about how tricky the work can be for students. We need to remember all students all different can as educators we need to learn about motivating our students!

5) Tomorrow, I am going to play games with me students for Fun Friday. I have games in my classroom. As I am playing games with students, I am going to reflect on the work I did this week for our class. Specifically, I am going to think about if my students can “end the game”.

My Friday Connections 2/2/2018 :)!!!!

1) On Facebook, there is a group for Philadelphia teachers. This group, posts articles and discusses issues that are facing Philadelphia students daily and teaching ideas that stem with connected learning. Check this out! You have to join group before seeing articles and post about equity and connected learning

Philadelphia Teachers Equity Facebook Group


2) This week’s module connected me to another course I taken in the fall. (Socio Cultural Foundations of Education). This course taught me a lot about equity. I remember that you have to be a ally and advocate for equity. That means going out to a rally and supporting the cause. I posted a article about allyship. I have a article that connects with equity and allyship.

Equity and Allyship


3) Angeline Rivello, is a administrator in Delaware Schools. He with other members of his team, are looking at inner city schools in Deleware.  A ten year plan will  determine the resources that will be needed so all students in Deleware succeed. The team is focusing on the term “equity” when improving Delaware  schools.

Deleware Equity Schools

4) In February, there will be a event that supports the “I Am” campaign. The event is held in Philadelphia and focuses on the wishes Dr.Martin Luther King had throughout his activism. This event will be perfect for the ideas and goals that are supported through this course.

The I Am Event in Philadelphia

5) There is a article I found which points to the topic of equity. The article  discusses the importance of equity and how American schools should address the topic of equity. Really interesting read!

Article about Equity


Seeking Equity




In this “classroom”, there are multiple people in a first grade class that are learning how the read sight words. The educator is not differientating for his or her students. Meaning, he is using multi syllable words like “cabinet”. He gives students 10 seconds to read the sight words. Some students read the word easy and do not need the ten seconds. Other students need to figure out the word with knowledge of the classroom reading strategies and need the full 10 seconds. The other students in reality, cannot see the word because they have no clue what the word is or how the sight word is read.  Once sight word is read by teacher, all students can  read word. Nicole Mirra, quoted, “As teachers we need to put our theory of connected learning opportunities, they have to realize that this mode calls for a very different kind of teaching”(Mirra,2017). If this teacher thought about the interest of kids, she or he would of looked at data to see which connected learning opportunity would be most effective for the students to learn how to read the word and not memorize the sight word.

The teacher might have thought that he or she could challenge all the students. The educator, might have connected the word to what the student might see based on the pupils culture. Dewey, quote about “immediate and personal concern”, reflects the setting because the teacher in theory is only teaching a certain group of pupils and not every student in the class. The wall is built because not all students know how to read the sight words when the educator writes the word on the board. However, the wall is taken away when all students hear how to pronounce the sight word.

Social Interactions and social networks  are one of the most important aspects in reading and connected learning. Interactions, help children learn from their peers.  For example, there is a website called Hypothesis, which is “a open platform for discussuin on the web”(Zamora, 2016). The teacher and students can use hypothesis to choose or underline sight words in a text. A dailogue can form where students are figuring out reading strategies with a group of students. A question I have concerns education in general. Why do teachers not have a say regarding what works best for his or her students.? I feel as if educators do not much say on how they can improve a student academically and socially.