Successful elements of Literacy Block this term:
- Class novel which links with the focus area
- Comprehension strategies modelled through the use of the class novel, e.g. visualisation, think aloud, questions, predictions, etc.
- Finding examples of the focus in students individual texts e.g. dialogue – explore the punctuation patterns, similes, metaphors
- Students practising the comprehension strategies during independent reading – showing proof via post it notes, records, blog entries, goal setting and review.
- Applying author’s craft to their own work – using dialogue – characters from the class novel (Shadow Puppets), then applying this technique to their own story writing
- Using multi-media elements to communicate their story
- Reading the great student written stories aloud to the class
Expand next year by including:
- Guided Reading – as per last term, but limit to three in each group to ensure engagement.
- Regular partner reading sessions, focusing on the reading comprehension strategies
- Build in CAFE approach by involving students in regular goal setting – Comprehension, Accuracy, Fluency, Expand Vocabulary
- Develop fluency further by adding recording of students reading aloud on their blog – Audioboo, Audacity, Educreations, Show Me
Here are my nominations. It was difficult to put these together as I have learnt lots from many different blogs and people over the past year.
Individual Blog – Sue Waters Blog http://suewaters.com/
Students Blog –http://cazro2320.edublogs.org/ because it is entertaining and informative with a mix of facts and opinions.
Class Blog – http://blogs.henrico.k12.va.us/jwherod/ because we have learnt a lot about Mrs Herod and her class whilst sharing the reading of Charlotte’s Web.
Teacher Blog – http://murcha.wordpress.com/ because I have learnt a lot from reading and following Anne.
Admin Blog –
Individual Tweeter – George Couros – always willing to share ideas and resources.
Twitter Hashtag – #glread12 first time I have been involved in this, and have been inspired by possibilities of this medium.
Free Web Tool – Animoto – kids love it. Visual medium makes it powerful.
Best Open PD – Global Ed Conference, especially the Australian components.
Social Network – Twitter
EdTech Blog – Educational Technology and Mobile Learning http://www.educatorstechnology.com
Over the past two evenings I have taken part in two Global Ed 2012 Conference sessions. The first, run by a teacher in country Victoria, showed me what students can do by running their own Blackboard Collaborate sessions.
The second tonight, run by a teacher in Western Australia, showed the possibilities in terms of projects that teachers and students can connect with, and the many benefits.
I am amazed at the possibilities and would like to trial some of these new ways of working with students. I have begun to see the benefits of Edmodo, and Twitter, and would like to explore Sykpe further.