Just a warm body in the room to supervise!


I have been at a workshop for two whole days!  It has been heaven!  I love learning new things.  It brings back my excitement to do what I do!

I’m so spoiled that I got to spend two days learning along with other teachers.  My school district allows me to do so really whenever I please.  I am truly spoiled to be able to do this. I’ve been at the ICE (Illinois Computing Educators) conference.  I have been learning and practicing what I love…”computing”.

But since I have been gone from my classroom for two whole days, that means I wrote sub plans for seven different classes for two whole days, grades K-8!  I am a perfectionist/control freak so this has always been a daunting task for me.  I simply try too hard.  I write too much or leave too much work or not enough or confuse the sub or whatever.  It has never been easy to leave my classroom in someone else’s hand.

It has always been a challenge for me to write sub plans for any period of time because usually my substitute teachers DO NOT speak Spanish and I always had to just leave movies in the past, or left things that had nothing to do with what the students were learning…or just busy work that they would get nothing out of…

But technology and 21st Century learning has changed ALL of that!

While I have been out of my classroom, my students have been learning and producing so many wonderful things!  Here are their new blog posts that I simply emailed them instructions in an email with screen shots of what the screen should look like and check out what they accomplished!

My 7th grade rock star bloggers can be seen here!

My 8th graders rocked their blogs as well!


I explained to them in videos and emails how to embed Vokis and video into their blogs, we went over Quality Commenting thanks to Silvia Tolisano and a great video she shared with me, they created Animoto videos and posted those to their blogs, they all went CRAZY with the comments and really, truly enjoyed themselves commenting on each other’s work appropriately and with such kindness and appreciation for one another.  I was amazed!

I was not physically present for any of this and look at what they created!  My substitute (who did not speak any Spanish) was there present as a warm body in the room to supervise.  I was chatting on Skype while at my conference with a sick student, I emailed back and forth with I think EVERY one of them, commented on their blogs, moderated their work and comments, corrected and created a Google Doc with my 6th graders, chatted on the Google Doc answering their questions …and so much more!

I was not physically present, but present in many other ways for them while learning new things myself at the conference!  What a wonderful educational experience for me and for my students.  All these 21st Century Tools and the ease of technology have made my job and my students’ jobs so much easier and so much more enjoyable.

I will sign off with a chat I had on Skype with a 7th grade student after my first day away…

So they actually “LIKE” what we are doing in class!  So much so that my email inbox has been flooded with questions and comments!


About weens11

People. People important to you, people unimportant to you cross your life, touch it with love or carelessness and move on. There are people who leave you and you breathe a sigh of relief and wonder why you ever came into contact with them. There are people who leave you and you breathe a sigh of remorse and wonder why they had to go away and leave such a gaping hole. Children leave parents, parent leave friends. Acquaintances move on. Friends love and move on. You think of the many who have moved into your hazy memory. You look on those present and wonder. I believe this is all part of a master plan. People move in and out of our lives, and each leaves his mark on the other. You find you are made up of bits and pieces of all who ever touched your life, and you are more because of it, and you would be less if they had not touched you. So far this is who I know that I am... PS I am a Spanish teacher (lucky enough to teach grade K-8!) living in the Chicago area, married to a handsome, intelligent and loving man, and I enjoy exercising and any thing that makes me laugh or smile!

3 responses »

  1. Your blog is such a pleasure to read, I don’t want to miss a post!

    In elementary schools there are subs. In high-school they hang out in the cafeteria (theoretically there’s the library too) until their next lesson.


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