Day 3 of the National Writing Project
We had our journal share time. Rodney did a simple power point summarizing what we had done on day 2. Rachel created a crossword puzzle, and the border was made using Tagxedo so the words in the border were the same ones used in the puzzle. Then we completed the puzzle. Which was fun. 🙂 Discovery’s Puzzle Maker looks like a good site to make the puzzles.
We went to an AWESOME Core Academy workshop on integrating technology into the language arts classroom. The presenters were 2 teachers here in Alabama who I am already following in the blogging world. How neat is that? I finally got to meet some cyberbuddies, Cara at Teaching My Calling and Farrah at Think Share Teach. Their session gave us A LOT of websites to use in the classroom. A LOT. 🙂
Here they are in no particular order:
Edmodo: like a facebook for teachers and students. There are 2 parts to it-professional and students.
Spelling/Vocabulary City: you can put your spelling lists into this site-has lots of activities
GoGo News: news on the students’ level
FCRR: lots of literacy resources
Livebinders: an online 3 ring binder for organization
Fakebook: can create a “fake” facebook page
Pics 4 Learning: Royalty free pictures
Trip Wow: turn pictures into slideshow
Clay Yourself: make your own avatar
Build Your Wild Self:create a funny picture, then write about it
Wimp Yourself: make a diary of a wimpy kid image of yourself
Class Tools: timers, name generator, etc.
QR Stuff: create your own qr codes
Toondo: create a cartoon
Fluxtime: create animation
Voki: create an avatar-add sound
Prezi: jazzy presentations
Now that you’re probably reading this 17 days later after visiting all of those fantastic sites…..
We also went to a workshop about Challenge Based Learning-very unique kind of learning. The students actually completely drive the instruction. The teacher presents a guiding question and then becomes a facilitator throughout this process.
During our reading, researching, and writing time in the afternoon I did some reading on Ralph Fletcher’s Writing Workshop. Loved this book and got lots of great insight into the writing workshop with some stuff I want to make sure I implement. The only thing that I can’t really grasp is the idea of so much choice during an hour of writing each day. Anybody out there in the upper grades use this method for writing?
I’m thinking that I will definitely do:
mini-lessons, lots of writing time, conferences, small groups, response groups, peer editing, share time
I also wrote a poem to be turned in Thursday (the next day).
I LOVE writing poetry. Just found out this year that I like to write it. May not be good at it, but still like it. 🙂
So there you have it-Day 3 of the National Writing Project!!!!!!!!!!!!