Friday, April 27, 2012

This I Believe....

In Sedu 183, we were asked to come up with a personal belief statement and a story that inspired that belief. It was hard to focus on one thing but, once I really thought about why I want to be a teacher, it came pretty easy. Once I wrote the story, we had to make it visual. I used the imovie player to record my self reading the story aloud. I included music and pictures to go along with the mood. At first, it was really difficult trying to figure out how to work imovie. It took me awhile to get use to it. However, doing this project I think I learned a lot about myself. It gave me motivation to become a teacher to get my belief across. In the end, it was pretty fun and I'm glad I was challenged with this project.

Thursday, April 26, 2012



Open educational resources (OER) are digital materials that can be re-used for teaching, learning, research and more, made available free through open licenses, which allow uses of the materials that would not be easily permitted under copyright alone. They allow teacher's to find free classroom material easily and effectively. Students alike also have access to these materials and can virtually create their own classes and what they want to learn. However, I do see some scary parts about OER. First of, since the information is free, it might not be up-to-date or some material might not be that strong. On the brighter side of things, it is another cheap option for schooling, to try and gain college credits
As a future learner, I might look to OERs to try and find information about topics I want to know more about but, don't get a chance to learn about in my college classes. I also feel like it would be another way to look up information for papers. As a student, I'm surprised I haven't heard about this sooner. College tuition and books are so expensive but with Open Educational Resources, text books can be free or extremely cheap. Also with the link I mentioned earlier, really cheap college credits can be earned online. Lastly, as a future teacher, Open Educational Resources gives me access to all different kinds of lesson plans that I can use in my classroom. Other teachers often post classroom activity and homework ideas that I'm sure will become very helpful once I'm a teacher. Knowing that these resources are on hand, makes the stress of becoming a teacher a little less scary.  

Tuesday, April 17, 2012

My Belief

I believe that every student has a right to the same educational opportunities. This means that no matter where a child grew up or what their background is, they all deserve to be educated the same. Since I feel the city I grew up in is quite diverse, I’ve seen this issue main hand. Our city has a variety of private and public schools. Going to a private school is usually a privilege not all children get. Going to catholic schools, I believe I got the best education possible and I consider myself very lucky. However, that opportunity isn’t possible for everyone. In fact there are more public schools than private schools leading to most children only getting a public school education. The fact that public school students might not get the same opportunities isn’t their fault. A lot of families can’t afford the high tuition and every thing else that comes along with it, especially in today’s economy. So how is it fair that an innocent child might not have the same opportunities as their friend at a catholic school?
This issue became so important to me when I was 13 years old. Through the Erie Insurance Pfeiffer Burleigh Partnership, my mom and a couple of her co workers would go into a second grade class at Pfeiffer Burleigh, a public school in downtown Erie. The program brought the students all over the city to places they might not have gotten a chance to visit other wise. Places like the zoo, museums, the court house, chuck e cheese and even McDonalds.  It all started for me one day when I had off school and had to go with my mom to work. On this June day, her team took them to the zoo. When we first got there, all the students screamed with excitement, so much I got chills. They loved my mom and she was their relief. Through out the day I got a chance to hang out with most of the students and even though they were all different, they all had one thing in common, they were happy. They had no idea that their school was poor or that there was a whole other side to life they might never get to experience. After this day, I always seemed to manage to get out of school to go with my mom. Of course, in high school, I did all of my service hours through the program. Even at holidays my mom and her program would throw the students parties in their classroom and buy them all small presents. I can remember going shopping for all sorts of fun little things for goodie bags and taking hours to put them together. Of course seeing the looks on their faces was completely worth it. We were providing them with something they might not get at home and that’s a huge deal to them. Also during winter months, my mom and I would bring them warm hats and gloves to stay warm.

 Sadly, about 2 years ago my moms company decided her program wasn't in the budget anymore. This news was so sad to me. Not only are these students missing out but now I couldn't help out anymore. These kids were so fun to be around because they seemed to have no worries in the world. They made me forget my own troubles and learn to appreciate what I have. This experience is reason enough for me to want to become a teacher and do every thing in my power to help out the less fortunate and try to give them all of the opportunities I had as a student. 

Tuesday, March 6, 2012

Cool Tool For School

When researching top educational resources, one really caught my eye. The site Edmondo, is based on social networking. When kids are on the internet all the time anyway, why not give them a safe and fun place to check up on what's going on in their class. Teachers can post things like homework updates, assignments, reminders, and polls. As a student you can view their updates, check test dates, see what you missed in class, and even work together on homework. This tool is super modern and up to date and I can see it's many benefits. Its also free with registration. I would for sure use this in my classroom.

Thursday, February 23, 2012

Standardized Tests

Recently, standardized testing has become a major topic in education today. School officials have been trying to get teacher’s to spend more time on test question than actual classroom curriculum. Teachers are protesting this because it takes away from actual lesions they need to teach. School administrators are stressing these tests so much it almost seems like why learn anything if it's not on these test? I’ve always struggled with standardized tests myself, feeling that they aren’t a true reflection on my education. As a teacher I know I’ll struggle with the stress preparing kids for this test will bring. Researching a little more about this subject, it seems like more and more people are beginning to feel negative about these tests as well. There are six pretty good arguments out there exposing the negative impacts of standardized testing. 

Taking the SATs before college was probably the most stressful part. While taking the test I felt completely overwhelmed and unprepared. With all the stress of junior year it was hard to do the necessary preparation to get a good score. I don’t understand why a test that I was hardly prepared for in class was a major part of a college’s decision of whether to accept me or not. It just doesn’t seem fair that I did all that other work in the classroom that seemed like nothing compared to SAT scores. I feel the SATs are out dated and a new system defiantly needs to be figured out. No one person learns the same and having one test to meet everyone’s needs doesn’t seem to cut it anymore.

So when I’m a teacher I hope preparation can be built into the curriculum. I hope there’s a way to not take away from classroom time but, to design lesions that meet both needs. Maybe if these tests are here to stay, they will at least create different tests to meet everyone’s needs no matter what kind of learner they are. While changing standardized test will probably be a slow process, hopefully the preparation can improve until then. 

Tuesday, February 21, 2012


When I first heard of twitter, I thought it was really stupid. I thought it was just like updating your status on facebook, which I rarely do. Once a friend convinced me to get one, I was immediately hooked. I followed pretty much every celebrity I could and couldn't stop. I was slow at actually tweeting at first but now that I'm comfortable on twitter, I tweet whatever comes to mind. There's so many related tweets I've almost become addicted. I can defiantly see myself using twitter for education by following other educators who have good advice and creative ideas. With twitter becoming as popular as it is, I can defiantly see it overcoming facebook. 

Thursday, February 16, 2012

Lesion Plan PowerPoint

In class we got an assignment to create a PowerPoint to teach any lesion we wanted. I chose synonyms for first graders. When first hearing about this assignment I thought it was going to be really hard and not at my education level yet. I was pretty confused for awhile with exactly what we were doing but, once I kind of got it ideas started flowing. I added a pretest at the beginning of my PowerPoint to test their knowledge before i taught the lesion. The kindergardeners then matched up synonyms from columns to help instill the lesion. I ended the PowerPoint with an education game on for them to do on their own. I never realized how many different ways of teaching PowerPoint offers. I learned all the different ways you can arrange slides to do pretty much anything you want.It did take way more work than I thought but, I learned a lot. There’s so many more ways to use PowerPoint than I thought. It really got me excited about learning more techniques to use once I am a teacher. Overall it was a good learning experience.

Tuesday, February 7, 2012

Chapter 1

This blog is my response to a part in Chapter 1 “Understanding the Power of PLNs”. This section dealt with the positive aspects of personal learning networks and what they can offer education. It also dealt with different social media sites and how they can impact a students leaning. The part that I’m going to talk about is Positive Network Effects. The book lists seven positive effects total but, I’m only going to talk about two that interested me.
            The first effect that really stood out to me was that students are responsible for their own learning. To me this means that students are teaching themselves how to use the technologies and then using them to explore their interests. The best way to learn something is to actually do it yourself. Students have unlimited access to the web and can use that to discover whatever they want. Now that I’m in college and have been using things like PowerPoint and the internet since grade school it seems like sometimes teachers don’t give students enough credit in what they can figure out on their own. Most of the time a student can go on a website and figure out how to use it without a tutorial from the teacher. Sometimes educational websites might be hard to maneuver completely but, for the most part students are becoming more and more independent with their school work.
            The next part that caught my attention was classrooms becoming more engaging. Students and teachers alike have access to anything they could imagine on the web. It gives me some relief becoming a teacher knowing there are so many blogs and websites out there giving advice. I will also have access to different crafts and activities to keep my classroom fun. Students also have access to the whole internet leading to different view points of ideas which causes much more discussion in classrooms. This may cause some problems in the classroom though. Students may have access to ways of cheating on homework and plagiarizing and leading them to not get a full education and essentially cheating themselves. I’ve defiantly taken the easy way out of an assignment before and with the internet causing so many temptations, it’s hard to resist sometimes.
            This chapter had lots of good points I’ve never thought of before. Learning about teacher’s blogs makes me excited to make fun crafts and activities in my classroom. 

Thursday, January 26, 2012


I really like dogs especially puppies. I'll soon be getting my own dogs so I'm going to have to train them myself. So here's how to train your puppy
My favorite dog is a Chihuahua.

Here's a funny video of pugs.

Kaila Matlock

Wednesday, January 25, 2012

My First Post

Hi. My name is Kaila Matlock and I am a freshman at Edinboro University. I am majoring in Early Childhood and Special Education. I was a cheerleader in high school, and was a dancer from age  3 to 18. My favorite color is yellow and I really like dogs. I work in Wkids at Wegmans watching kids while their parents shop and I love it. As a teacher, I want my kids to look up to me and see me as a role model. It seems like a very rewarding career and I can't wait to begin. With this blog I hope to share my experiences and other interesting things about education and this Sedu class.