Not lost in the woods or lost in the mall...
I get lost in the expectations for me as an educator.
I get lost in the new content standards, state social studies standards, next generation science standards... and just when I think I've found my way through the maze of it all... someone somewhere decides to mix it all up again.
I guess optimists would say that it keeps us on our toes. I would agree, except sometimes I come up with some really good ideas or just get something figured out and then... POOF! It's gone, not needed, changed to another grade level... It can be disheartening.
That is how I felt at the beginning of this year as I looked through our state's social studies standards and the science standards. I hate to admit this, but some of the Next Generation Science Standards are just plain confusing... I had to do quite a bit of research just to make heads or tails of them. Luckily, with the help of DonorsChoose.org and Chevron I feel like I have most of my science year mapped out, but that is for a later post.
|TpT unit for 4th Grade Oregon Teachers|
That is where Google Earth came in. What an amazing tool! I'm lucky enough to work in a school that has a decent computer lab, so after teaching the students about the two types of location, we headed off to explore the earth, or at least Oregon, Google Earth style!
Now, if you haven't used Google Earth yourself or with your students, you really should.
The students ooohed and Aaaahed over every single moment of it. They located the points I had assigned with relative ease and a lot of excited gasps and giggles...
Even my more struggling students had a wonderful experience.
When students completed the task I had assigned them, which was to locate The Seven Natural Wonders of Oregon, they were free to EXPLORE THE WORLD!! Some even went to outer space!
So, at the end of this week, as students were handing in their completed social studies papers, I had a feeling of accomplishment... like I had found my way through an Amazon Jungle and come out the other side virtually unscathed.
One standard down, a bazillion more to go!
Is your school working on the Next Generation Science Standards? If so, what kinds of resources are you using to accomplish them?
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*I moved this post from my old blog, Living a Teaching Life, to this one.*