Course 2: Week 1 Blog Post: Among the readings, I find it amazing that all the young students in middle school and high school were able to accomplish as much as they did in the article Confronting the Challenges of Participatory Culture: Media Education for the 21st Century. However, the more sobering observation is that…

Final Project – Course 1

Embedded link for Word Document with Final Unit Plan for Human Rights (Social Studies) 8th grade: Link to Final Project Plan: https://docs.google.com/document/d/e/2PACX-1vS_Lwj_ElG49p3uZBpd3l5h1wNqcocz7xV9v9hxMY-1AiclBhmn6vDJzClDvC8ekmarqz1JF3OaCqKW/pub   Topic Selection: 8th Grade Social Studies C3 focus is Conflict under which we have covered a Human Rights unit for the last two years. I taught this unit last year but realized many…

From Theory into Practice

As I look at the reflection questions for Week 5, I realize that I do not consciously use learning theories in everyday practice. However, I have been discussing with students how to make linkages between abuses of human rights in countries that perform badly on economic indicators such as inflation and unemployment. They are unable…

Planning for Tech Rich Lessons

I found Cofino’s video and the accompanying Complete Guide for Designing Tech Rich Units extremely informative. I am comfortable with Stage 1 which is the Exploration stage as I find that the students are adept at conducting their research. Sometimes they do have trouble with determining the exact problem that they are trying to define.…

Learning Communities

I have had great difficulty gathering my thoughts for this topic as it is the area that I need to do the most work as a teacher. I have not brushed up on my technological skills to keep up with what I teach. Since the last two years, I have concentrated mostly on switching to…

Becoming a Researcher

As I read the UNICEF information paper on ‘Children in a Digital World’ I find it sobering (given serious risks for lower income users and less supervised users) and enlightening because of the learning opportunities it can provide. And as a mother of three children, I agree that limiting digital access is not possible as…

Lurker to Connector

After finishing the readings, I am reaffirmed in my belief that I am a lurker. I have always had an aversion to ‘putting myself out there’ maybe for fear of judgment or insecurities of not knowing enough. As a lurker, I agree that I have to know more or read more before I am comfortable…

My Communities

I am connected to all webinars etc. from Teachers College as I attended a week-long Readers/Writers workshop at Columbia in 2014. I am also part of the school wide Learner Agency Team and will be presenting with a co-presenter at NESA spring Conference 2019 in Bangkok on my practices as an ELA and Social Studies…

Hello world!

This is the ‘Why’ part of the first unit. Name: Saadia Munir Hammad Originally from Pakistan/USA Currently living & working: Al-Khobar, Saudi Arabia Position: Currently 8th Grade Humanities teacher (ELA and Social Studies). I have previously taught 6th and 7th-grade Humanities as well: Cohort: I am a classroom teacher who is looking for new ways…