Today I used a great website (https://bubbl.us) to create a visual organizer. It was super user friendly and I plan to use it again in the future!
In my course, we have been reading and learning about Digital Citizenship. I used the following document to help construct my mind map.
Digital Citizen and the IB Learner Profile (https://onlinepd.ibo.org/pluginfile.php/329721/mod_resource/content/5/Learner%20profile%20and%20digital%20citizenship.pdf)
I went through the document and chose the a statement that I found to be the most important for each Learner Profile. This would be a great visual to post in the classroom to help students remember how to be a safe digital citizen!
Sunday December 11th, 2016
This week in class we are starting letter writing.
When I first saw that we had to connect with another classroom for this learning engagement, I didn’t feel too hopeful. I felt that since teachers and classrooms work on different units at different times, that I wouldn’t find a class that would be willing to share their work since it wouldn’t benefit the both of us.
Boy was I wrong! When I connected with some of my coworkers back at my last school in Ontario, many of them jumped at the occasion. The only problem was that the letters were written in French. I ended up saving a couple of examples to share with my class since I can still use it to show the different parts of a letter.
My Thoughts on Future Possibilities…
I did come across a teachers’ blog that had a great letter-writing unit that was taught through the use of picture books. She has posted her unit for sale on Teachers Pay Teachers. I plan to check it out to get some ideas to use throughout our unit. Check out her letter writing unit at: http://ericabohrer.blogspot.com/2013/03/letter-writing-unit-teaching-letter.html.
Though I connected with my French coworkers, I sent out some emails to my English teaching coworkers as well. I would love to connect with a class that my students can view their work and post comments on. If the class that we are viewing is not currently studying letters and have already finished with the unit, our class could still have a discussion of things that they liked seeing in their letters, and what they wished they could see next time. That way it still allows for student voice/opinion to be shared.
I also Tweeted a post on Twitter to find any connections that may arise. Let’s see what kind of responses I receive!
An Anxiously Awaiting Teacher
I feel that being a connected educator depends so much on what you make of it. For myself, I know that I am often the one that lurks and enjoys reading others’ posts, but often not writing my own. By taking this course, Get connected! Engaging in Authentic Global Learning Experiences, I have found that I am being pushed out of my comfort zone.
I had to create my own personal blog, which I have never had before. I have always had my own class blog that I used but never a personal one. I also never used Twitter before and with this course, I had to create my own account. I feel nervous to use Twitter, but I can definitely see how it connects educators all around the world. Once I become a bit more comfortable with how it all works, I will definitely post my own tweets to show the learning that is taking place in my own classroom.
I think in order to be a connected educator, one must make the time in order to use platforms like Twitter, google Docs, blogging and Skype. This could be seen as a challenge as sometimes it can be hard to adapt to change and to new things to use. I know for myself, I didn’t think I would like having a Twitter account, but so far I am hooked! I think once you start implementing those platforms frequently in your routine, it’ll become second nature.
My own personal goal is to keep up with Twitter as I was able to see how useful it can be with connecting with other educators and for getting different ideas to use in my own classroom.
I can’t wait to share with you the new literacy program that will be taking place in grade 3! As a grade level, we have found that we have many students at different reading levels in our classes.
In my own class, I have a few students at a grade five reading level, some who are at a grade one level and the rest spaced out in between. I have found the variety of levels to be a challenge in order to meet the needs of everyone in my class.
At our school, we have 7 classes of grade 3 students. We have decided to create levelled reading groups in order to target the needs of the students. Each teacher will be taking on a select reading level group so that they can implement strategies with those readers. We are involving the librarian (who will be taking the highest levelled readers) as she has set up a specific program for them. We are also involving our literacy coach who will be taking the lowest set of readers as she can use her intervention strategies for those students.
We will be meeting twice in our 6 day cycle and I cannot wait to see the difference it will make in our students!
reading: children being read to. Photograph. Britannica Online for Kids. Web. 26 Nov. 2016. <http://kids.britannica.com/elementary/art-89953>.