Wednesday, October 26, 2011

I recently came across a very useful tool, it's called This online source helps a student organize their thoughts before writing a paper. It allows to the student to brainstorm without the additional chaos of their other papers. The student is able to color coordinate each bubble to make things more accessible and organized for them. This tool is very well thought out, it only took me a few minutes and I was already customizing the brainstorming web I constructed as an example for you guys. Go ahead and try it! The website is

Tuesday, October 18, 2011

Building a Park in the Sky

I believe this a very cool idea to help restore something that was once run down and possibly bring more tourists to the city.

Thursday, October 13, 2011

Standardized Testing

From the beginning of every students' education, they are forced to take standardize tests. You begin taking SCA (Short Cycle Assessment Test) as soon as the student is enrolled to school, which monitors the student's education level from kindergarten until tenth grade. Starting in tenth grade, students begin their OGT (Ohio Graduation Test). The student has multiple tries in order to pass this test. If the student does not pass this test by graduation, they are unable to graduate with their class. To attend college, you need to meet a certain score in either the SAT or ACT, just to be accepted. Once you get accepted to college and wish to receive a degree in education, you are now again force to take three more standardize tests, Praxis I, Praxis II, and Praxis III.

I believe standardize testing does nothing for the students. Yes we are always testing them to see if they improved but testing them on knowledge they should already know or are currently learning does not always indicate the students' intelligent level. 

Testing is not something we should relay on to have to students prove to us that they are able to retain the knowledge or not. Most students do not excel in testing environments for many reasons, by having a child present information through an activity, presentation, or a project will better indicate what the student has learned. 

We set standards for the students to reach. If a student does not meet the base line average on the standardize testing, we believe the student has not learned anything. That is not always the case. There are many factors that go along with testing. If the test is too long, the student will lose their concentration and perform poorly. They could also lose their concentration if the student is hungry, sleepy, problems with friends or family, or just not in the "test mood". I believe we should do away with these tests and evaluate the student's knowledge in a different way. 

Monday, October 3, 2011

About Me :)

My name is Leanne Marie, I attend the wonderful Edinboro University of Pennsylvania where I'm currently a sophomore. I'm majoring in early childhood/ special education in hopes of becoming a kindergarten teacher. My freshman year at the Boro, I was the softball team but because of my classes I was unable to play this year. My team is still my family and continue to spend time with them.

It's my first year actually being on my own and having an apartment. I've learned very quickly, that I'll never have enough money because I blow it on the most obscene things. I now have to pay for groceries, electric, gas.. literally everything. I remember when I was a senior in high school and the only thing I wanted to do was graduate and go to college. I would love to go back to high school and relive every day. Here in Edinboro, I learned that you just have to be you  but to never lose yourself in the process.