Last year we shared our super-sweet pics of ourselves on the 1st Day of 1st Grade. So what could we do this year but share super-cool pics of ourselves on the 2nd Day of 2nd Grade??
While some of these are silly and some are serious, I think in many ways they show the personalities of the kiddos who took. And if I’m being honest, they weren’t all actually selfies, because I told them where to stand and probably micro-managed the whole thing a little too much. Boo. 😦 Sorry!
But the whole idea of selfies came from this article posted by my principal in our school’s ShareTank (which is a Facebook group where teachers can share learning and ideas with each other). It’s all about using selfies and other strategies to give kids more control and voice in the classroom. It is, after all, OUR classroom not just mine. And I know from the work I did on my Masters’ project last fall that choice and voice in the classroom increases engagement and perseverance, so why not?! I feel like I tend toward this direction anyway, but I can always do better at making sure my students are helping to direct their learning, with me alongside helping to facilitate that journey. I feel honored and humbled to have that opportunity. 🙂 Here’s to a great year of student-centered, student-directed, everyone’s-engaged learning!!
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Absolutely! If students are engaged, interested and vested in their learning it will actually matter to them and they will remember it.
I think on some level teachers know these things, but often we need reminders so that we actually do something with it, you know? Many times too many things get in the way and we control what goes on in our classrooms. Thanks for reading. 🙂