Alternate Text #1: The Second Coming by William Butler Yeats

THE SECOND COMING

Turning and turning in the widening gyre
The falcon cannot hear the falconer;
Things fall apart; the centre cannot hold;
Mere anarchy is loosed upon the world,
The blood-dimmed tide is loosed, and everywhere
The ceremony of innocence is drowned;
The best lack all conviction, while the worst
Are full of passionate intensity.

Surely some revelation is at hand;
Surely the Second Coming is at hand.
The Second Coming! Hardly are those words out
When a vast image out of Spiritus Mundi
Troubles my sight: a waste of desert sand;
A shape with lion body and the head of a man,
A gaze blank and pitiless as the sun,
Is moving its slow thighs, while all about it
Wind shadows of the indignant desert birds.

The darkness drops again but now I know
That twenty centuries of stony sleep
Were vexed to nightmare by a rocking cradle,
And what rough beast, its hour come round at last,
Slouches towards Bethlehem to be born?

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CATAPULT: Common Core Standards

Covers front and back:  What are your initial reactions when comparing Bloom’s Thinking Skills Continuum to teaching your content area?

I was surprised to learn that the goals in the Common Core only meet a few of Bloom’s Thinking Skills. Because of that, I believe that it is our responsibility as teachers to work to include the thinking skills included in Bloom’s that aren’t included within the Common Core Standards. If we include both the Common Core and Bloom’s Thinking Skills, our students will walk away with the most knowledge.

Authors:  When designing effective instruction, what is your role as the teacher?  How do you think you will effectively support student learning?

As a teacher, my role in designing effective instruction is crucial. It is my job to make sure that students can remember what I taught them. Furthermore, it is my job to make sure that students can exhibit higher order thinking skills, and can evaluate and analyze what they’ve learned, and then take it one step further by creating something with what they’ve learned in my class.

Title:  As a user of the Common Core Standards, what is their major emphasis compared to Bloom?

There seems to be a major emphasis on the student’s ability to show what they’ve learned by applying and analyzing the information they’ve been taught. There isn’t really an emphasis on creating something new with the information they’ve learned, which is unfortunate, because I feel that that is the most important part of learning.

Audience: How will you organize instruction for the students to become more responsible for their own learning?

I would love for students to have a sense of pride over what they’ve learned and created in my classroom. I hope to encourage students to send their work somewhere where it may be published. I hope that using publicity as my main goal will encourage students to be proud of what they create inside my classroom.

Pages: What is your definition of Literacy?  What is your definition of text?

My definition of literacy is being able to fully understand any type of text. My definition of text is anything that can be interpreted to mean something.

Underlying message or purpose:  How do you mesh the two definitions or functions of text and literacy within your discipline?

Meshing the definition of text and literacy within the English classroom just means giving students an opportunity to look at and unpack a wide variety of different types of text, and helping them understand the text fully.

Look at visuals, maps, or sketches in the text:  Within your content discipline, how will you utilize visual, maps, authentic documents, or sketches to convey meaning?  Share suggestions with your colleagues/ fellow teachers.

Visual aids are crucial within an English classroom. They help to paint a fuller picture of whatever it is that we’re learning about. For instance, if we read a book about the 1920s in America, I might include advertisements or magazine covers from that time period. Providing visuals helps people more fully understand what and when we’re talking about within a unit.

Teacher:  Summarize your new knowledge of literacy within your discipline.

Before, I considered literacy just being able to read and comprehend text but now I understand that it is also being able to analyze, apply, and demonstrate that knowledge to another piece of work or something new.

iPad Apps Within the Classroom

Poll Everywhere

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Poll Everywhere is an app that can be used through almost any platform, whether it be an iPad, a cell phone, or a computer. I really enjoyed that you can use it as an attendance tool as well as an assessment tool. I appreciate that you don’t need the internet because not every student in every classroom is going to have access to the internet at home, however almost everyone has a text-enabled cell phone, and if they don’t their parents most likely do. This particular app is great for asking pointed questions to assess what students are enjoying about a class and what they aren’t, and it allows them to answer anonymously, which can be important if you want honest feedback. I would be more than happy to use Poll Everywhere within my classroom.

Popplet

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Popplet is an app that I think would do well in any classroom, however I think it would particularly thrive within an English classroom. There is always so much to do as far as character mapping and sequencing events, and you can also use it for sentence structure lessons while teaching grammar. I love that it’s free and relatively easy to figure out how to do. The app can even be used as a pre-writing strategy to organize ideas and thoughts for a research paper or a literary analysis. It’s also nice that Popplet can be used online as well as on an iPad, because the guarantee of having iPads in the classroom is very slim, however I could always take my class to the media center and we could use Popplet online, or students with internet access at home could use it there as well. This app can be used for so many different things, and I would be glad to use it inside of my classroom.

Socrative

Socrative is an app that, unfortunately, can only be used on the iPad while in class. However, if iPads are available for the whole class, Socrative really has a lot to offer a classroom. It can be used as an attendance tool, or as something to survey the class. Every students can answer a question whether it be a quiz question or a question to survey how well students are understanding the content within a classroom. I think that students would really benefit from this app, however I believe that getting an iPad for every student in a classroom may prove difficult based on the budget for the school that I’m teaching in. So, I would probably look to use something like Poll Everywhere or Popplet before I used Socrative just because with the first two you can use them on the internet as well as on an iPad.

Review of Dropbox

I chose to review Dropbox because it is a service that I have been hearing about for quite some time, and I figured it would serve me well to look into it, seeing as I may very well have to use it eventually in my professional life. From what I gather, Dropbox is essentially a sort of catch-all for any sort of document. Whether it be photos, documents, videos, or any other sort of file, it can all be held within Dropbox. Personally, I love it when everything is in one place, so I really love the idea of Dropbox. One of the things that I find most impressive with this particular web collection tool is that once someone in a group of people puts a file into the Dropbox, it shows up on everyone’s computer, phones, iPads, tablets, etc. I really value this feature particularly because I’m a little bit lax about checking my email and things like that, so I would benefit so much from having videos, photos, and documents just automatically show up on things like my phone, which I never leave home without. Dropbox makes collaboration between colleagues seem simple and straightforward, which is another extremely valuable feature of the program. Personally though, my favorite part of Dropbox is the fact that the documents remain in the Dropbox even if something terrible happens, like spilling something on your laptop. As a real klutz, having dropped my phone in water, spilled juice all over my laptop keys, and dropped many valuable devices from great heights, I love that the documents remain at the Dropbox website even if something goes horribly wrong with one of my devices.