It has been a very busy few weeks in my Grade Two Classroom! My Secret Agents have been learning so much! I am so proud of their growth and I am excited to continue to watch them expand their thinking and explore the world.
In my last post “Who’s Excited For This Week??? This Teacher Is!!!” I spent time reflecting what I have done so far in my classroom blog. Since my previous post we have added some posts onto our Classroom Blog and my student’s individual blogs.
My Classroom Blog:
On our classroom blog we have posted a few more posts as a class. One post we discussed learning about what good commenters do on a blog. I got the idea from my EC&I831 classmate Danielle Degelman. On our discussion page for the Google Plus Community for our #eci831 class she posted a picture and commented that she gave the students sentence starters to help them when they are giving a compliment, creating a comment, making a connection, and asking a question on other people’s blogs.
In another post we talked about even and odd numbers. My students learned a song called “Odd Todd and Even Steven.” They enjoyed singing that song so much that we decided to video them singing and posted the video of them singing on the blog. I was very happy with how easy it was to upload the video onto the blog. I will continue to add videos onto our classroom blog!
We also posted a blog that discussed my student’s learning projects. My students and I are looking forward to begin creating their animal projects starting on Tuesday! They have been busy bringing materials from home after I sent a note home explaining the project to my student’s families. I have not seen so much positive energy from my students this year. I am hoping to try #GeniusHour sometime later on in the year with my class during learning buddy time. I think Genius Hour ignites student’s imagination, creativity, and curiosity to explore topic that they want to learn about.
Finally on our classroom blog we posted a brief post showcasing what we have been learning about numbers. My students have been busy exploring place value, describing numbers, and representing numbers in many different ways. On Twitter I saw that Sue Waters @suewaters tweeted about being able to add in a picture gallery onto a blog post. I wanted to try to insert a picture gallery onto one of our classroom blog posts. One day I went around with my camera and I took some pictures of my students representing numbers using number tiles and base ten blocks on form two part mats. I followed the steps that were listed on the link and inserted the picture gallery rather easily. Sue also tweeted about being able to add in tiled galleries onto a blog post. I am going to follow the instructions on that link and try out the different examples of tiled galleries another time on our classroom blog.
Here is a tour of our classroom blog:
My Student’s Individual Blogs:
Most of my students only had an about me page and only a few had art work for the header at the top of their blog.
Now my student’s individual blogs are starting to show growth that allows visitors to get to know each of my secret agents a little better.
I created a to do list in my previous blog post about my major digital project. I am very proud that I was able to check everything off of the list and also did a few more things as well!
1. I did upload my student’s self portraits onto their individual blogs. Their self portrait also became their avatar for their blog as well. My students are very excited to have their very own avatar on their blog. They have an avatar on their Mathletics account so they were thrilled to have one for this account too!
3. My secret agents had the opportunity to create a blog post on the topic of their choice. So many students choose different topics so I encourage you to check it out! I also had my students blog about what they like about blogging so I was aware of what my students liked about this project. Then I could get some ideas of what I should do again with my class.
4. This past week my students have been busy beginning their animal project. They were able to choose an animal or two animals to create their project. My students will get three afternoons to create their animal. If my students chose two animals they had to be from the same animal family. Once they choose their topic my students created a plan for their project. They drew a picture of what they wanted their animal to look like and then labeled what they were going to use for each part of their project. Along the side of the plan my students listed what materials they were going to use to create their project.
5. Once my students were finished creating their plan they were given time to blog about their project. Later on I added their plan onto their page. I was able to copy my students work on the photocopier and email my students work to myself through the photocopier. When I sent the work to myself I turned the files into PDFs which allowed it to be easier to add the work onto my student’s individual blogs.
6. Some of my students completed some artwork during center time. After they were finished I help them choose what part of the artwork they wanted to go onto their header of the blog and then we posted it.
7. Last week after going through what good bloggers do when commenting I modeled to my students what to do. We went on some different teacher’s classroom blogs and left a comment on their page. After lots of practice I gave my students time to write their first comment on a friend’s blog. To make it fair I handed out secret agent number popsicle sticks from a jar to my students. Then they went on that friends blog and chose what post to comment on. It helped out a lot when I gave my student’s sentence starters for the 3 C’s and Q. (Thanks Danielle for the fabulous idea!!!). Also one day I gave my students the opportunity to read the comment I left on a post that they wrote. I wanted each student to have at least one comment on their blog page! Before the Christmas break I am going to get students commented back to each other and the chance to reply back to me too. We are still taking baby steps in this area, but we are starting to make progress! Slow and steady wins the race!
Here is a tour highlighting a few of my student’s individual blogs and some of the things that I just talked about in this post:
Blogging is one time of the day that I never hear complaints from my students about having to write. My students ask about when they get to blog next if it is not on our schedule for the day. My student’s favourite part is looking at our clusters map on our blog to see who as looked at our classroom blog. Then we go on a journey on Google Maps to explore what city/town/country that person is from. I am thrilled to have my students blogging about their animal projects this month. I think it will allow my students to truly showcase what they know about animals!
My digital project maybe ending for this class, but this is a life long project for me with my students. I am excited to continue this journey!! I am glad that I took this class so I actually started something that I always wanted to do, but did not have the support or the know how in what to do to get this process started. Through blogging now I am able to see my student’s growth in just a short period of time! Please continue to explore and read our classroom blog! My class would love to hear from you!
But before I go please tell me….How’s Our Blogging??