As I mentioned in my post, we’ve got guest authors on the blog this weekend! Here’s a post by Kylie and Lauren. I know they’d LOVE to hear your thoughts on their work! 🙂
As I mentioned in my post, we’ve got guest authors on the blog this weekend! Here’s a post by Evan and Joshua. I know they’d LOVE to hear your thoughts on their work! 🙂
As I mentioned in my post, we’ve got guest authors on the blog this weekend! Here’s a post by Ella Marie and Sara. I know they’d LOVE to hear your thoughts on their work! 🙂
Ok, so let me start like this: I always have a plan. I know the things we need to work on, the way I want us to do that (and probably the ways I don’t!), and it’s “penciled in” for everyday. But the great part about that plan is that it is flexible. There is ALWAYS another option if we (the kids or me!) see that we need to go another way. A better way, perhaps. This is just what happened on Friday. I can’t WAIT to tell you about it. 🙂 Friday morning’s recess was great–it was the first time in WEEKS that the temperature had gotten over freezing–and we took full advantage of the sunny playground. I won’t tell you the whole story here, but in short, Millie and Makayla found a collection of things while we were outside that I thought was “blog-worthy” enough to tell you all about. “But why should I tell their story?” I thought to myself, and at that moment decided they could be guest authors on our blog (and that that would become our plan when we came inside from recess). “But shouldn’t everyone have a chance to do that?” I thought next. That’s when the light-bulb moment happened. As soon as we got in from recess we sat down to do something we’ve done many times before: create our chart that we’d use for our Class Meeting later in the day. What they didn’t know (until I told them next), was that we’d be doing something else very cool with it BEFORE our actual class meeting. Here’s what the list looked like after we brainstormed a bit: Once I explained the idea, it wasn’t long before kiddos had paired up and chosen their topics. But we weren’t ready yet. The next conversation was about how writing on my blog would be different than writing on their Kid Blogs. The first difference was audience. They figured out that rather than kids being the main readers, parents, principals (including our own beloved Mrs. Sisul!), teachers, authors, librarians and other adults (many that we don’t even know!) are the main readers of this blog. We discussed how that would mean we’d need to “up” our game to make the posts ready for 20somethingkids. Kylie was quick to add in that when I blog I use lots of pictures, and that my posts usually tell the “why” of the story–so that teachers can use our ideas with their own students. We agreed that we should probably use that same kind of thinking in our guest posts. At this point I just had to sit back and appreciate the amazingness of Rm. 202 kiddos. I smile when I listen to their wheels turn and their ideas flow; when I get out of the way, they make some pretty fabulous things happen on their own! Ok, so after our purpose and audience was set, and we had decided on our platform (which would be Notability since they all knew how to use it and I could easily copy it into WordPress), I set them loose. And left them alone. And watched them dig in and work hard and “buzz” with that sound that happens when kids are engaged and learning. They had a real purpose, a global audience of real people to write for, and lots of great learning from the week to share about. I got out of the way and let them be amazing.
I am SO excited to share their work with you! Rm. 202 kiddos–I’m SO PROUD OF YOU!!! 🙂
I mentioned last time about how amazed I was by the Makerspace I saw at GCAA during EdCampSTL. Well, as I have done in years’ past (mostly because of the timing), we took advantage of the need to create Valentines’ boxes and did so Makerspace style in Rm. 202!
First I had kiddos plan what they wanted their box (or container, since many where NOT shaped like boxes!) to look like. Then they wrote down a list of materials they’d need (somethings came from home and many were materials we already had in our classroom). We collected items for a couple of days, and then we were busy building!
It was fun, but BOY WAS IT MESSY! But hey, learning is messy, right? Check it out!
After built our creations, we spent some time on Thursday writing about some details about them. Together we decided that our readers would need to know: 1) what is it (and what it’s called if it has a name), 2) how you thought of it, 3) how it works, 4) materials you used to make it, and 5) how you made it. Kiddos used the Notability app on our iPads to work on their paragraphs, and uploaded a picture of their creation to add to their words. We were able to use our chart from our punctuation study, as well as other writing pieces we’ve made together that are hanging around the room, to make sure we’d gotten our punctuation added correctly so our readers could understand our message. Like with other things we do as first grade readers and writers, we used each other (as well as the word wall) as spelling resources, and reread our words often to make sure it sounded right. Once kiddos were finished, they learned how to take a screen shot, then uploaded their paragraph to their blog to share with our blog readers. Such hard, focused work happened in Rm. 202 on Thursday, friends!
We’re not all finished yet, but we’d love to have you visit our blogs to check out our final products! Leave a comment if you can. 🙂 You can find some Valentines’ Day posts here. Thank you!