Hello world!

So this is my first blog and I am doing it as part of an new blogger initiation…I have always wanted to try, but never felt I would have the time to blog…we shall see if I can keep this up.

First things first, meaning over the summer I constantly think about a couple goals for the new school year.  I try to narrow it down to 2 things I want to make better or try….Here is what I want to do:

1.  The goal I have been trying to implement for the past few years is parent contact.  Our district makes report card pick-up mandatory, but that is not enough.  The other issue is that many of our parents speak Spanish and therefore it is hard to call home (I am trying Rosette Stone, but that is a process).  Of course I want to call for good things and negative things, but how?? How do I find the time?  When do other teachers do it?  How do they do it?  I thought about picking one day a week and calling or emailing or writing a note, but is that enough?  If I write a note the students can translate if it is good, but what about bad behavior issues or grade/homework issues – can’t always trust the students to translate the truth to their parents.  So I am still looking for suggestions…

2.  Since I have been flipping my classroom since January and will have the same students this year (we loop from 7th to 8th grade in teams) I want to make this process better for the students, streamline the videos and make them more my personality while making them even more valuable.  I want the buy in to be even better than it was.  I want my videos to be able to be kept and stored and used by others. I plan to make my videos shorter than they were.  Use them more wisely. And make my assessments of the videos more meaningful, using discussion boards as well as the multiple choice google form.

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  1. Mary Dooms
    Aug 18, 2012 @ 14:42:45

    Congrats on joining the math blogger initiative! I wish I could offer some suggestions on improving communication with parents whose first language isn’t English. We occasionally run into this issue and we ask our foreign language teachers to intercede. Does your district provide a translator/interpreter service? I would do whatever is possible to keep the home/school lines of communication open. Maybe your school can design some type of outreach program. If you are having this issue, so is nearly every other teacher in your building. Good luck this year!

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  2. Olga Vega
    Aug 19, 2012 @ 00:50:40

    I just stumbled into all of this yesterday … flipping, edmodo, your blog … these things are fantastic. Please keep us updated on the flipping. As far as the notes home to parents (negative ones), perhaps you could have the one student who always finishes their work fast help you translate some of it (leaving out names, of course). Or have the students do it themselves, then have that one student proof it? Just a thought. I do speak Spanish, so I might be able to help once in a while. I teach 8th grade math in Sauk Village, IL (south suburb of Chgo). This is the first year I will be attempting to integrate more technology into the class … I’m a bit more old school, so this is new territory for me.

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    • mbubulka
      Aug 19, 2012 @ 20:07:46

      Thanks for your advice and offer of assistance! We have a few people to translate, but it is hard to call on them all the time. I like the idea of a trusted student translating for me – maybe service hours??? Interesting idea! I will be sure to keep you posted on my technology and flipping! Good luck for the start of your school year!

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