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Editing Checklists

Writing

My students are currently working with editing checklists.  I find that they are holding themselves more accountable for the learning that’s taken place over the course of the year.  Over the years I’ve created a few different editing checklists for my emergent writers.  Earlier in my teaching career, I would create a wall chart for all to use as a point of reference (below). I have come to realize that an editing checklist is more usable if it’s near the student!  Read…

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Personalized Learning

Personalized Learning, Podcast, Writing

We know that our students come to us with a variety of interests, skills, and learning styles.  We do our very best to meet their needs through differentiation strategies and perhaps even some individualization.  But what about personalized learning?  What is it and how can it help our students? I’m not an expert on Personalized Learning, but decided to dive in and implement in it during our Writer’s Workshop last year.  I presented my classroom’s experience with Personalized Learning in Iowa…

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Talking Animal Reports

Apps, Daily 5, iPad, Science, Technology, Writing

My students absolutely love the app Chatterpix.  They create hilarious projects with it, from talking classroom stuffed animals to singing classmates. Recently we used the app to create Talking Animal Reports, during their Daily 5 sessions.  Download the SMARTboard File Students self-selected a book to read.  They wrote five or more facts about the animal they read about.  Then they used the iPad app Hello Crayons to illustrate their animal.  After saving their illustration to the iPad’s photo gallery, they…

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Build a Bug App

Apps, iPad, Technology, Writing

We love our classroom iPads! I’ve been moving my students toward a more creation environment, rather than consumer environment when it comes to iPad technology.  We have five iPads in our classroom and they get used A LOT.  We love them.  In fact we kind of wish we had a class set at times. One of our projects utilizes the Sago’s Mini Bug Builder app.   View/Download Sago Mini Bug Builder App This project integrates technology, writing, and speaking.  Students…

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