It has been a busy week trying to fit a lot into a short school week. We started using two new tools in the classroom that I think should be fun and engaging for our students. I set up our classroom on a blogging website called kidblog.org. It is a teacher-controlled blog website, where each student gets their own blog.
We will be using the blog in a number of different ways. First of all, it will be an avenue for students to publish finished work. For example, this week we finished up a short research project on an animal, and then students got to type and post their writing to their blog along with a picture. In reading, we did some vocabulary work using an app called Popplet, and then kids got to post their work on their blog. Another valuable feature is that students and parents can leave comments on postings, so students will be able to receive prompt, specific feedback in a timely manner. If you would like to see some of the work we did this week our blog page is www.kidblog.org/mrpacesclass-2 (apparently there's a Kyle Pace somewhere that got signed up before me). There is also a link from my classroom website.
I am also hoping to using the blog as a way for students to reflect on their learning. As we focus on "I can" statements, students can write a short reflection on what they can do, related to our standards, and give a short example of their learning.
Students should know how to log in and are able to access it from any internet connection. I am encouraging all students to log in and change their password to something more secure than the password I gave them.
I also got our class set up with a membership to a great spelling website called SpellingCity. I sent a letter home yesterday that should have come home that has more information, as well as your child's login information. Each week I will upload every student's individual spelling list. I already have their list for next week ready, and they can get a head start over the weekend if they would like. Please let me know if you have any questions.
The kids were very excited today to receive their BizTown job assignments. Not every student got one of their top choices. If your child is disappointed in the job that they have, please encourage them that it isn't necessarily about their job, but the whole experience. I haven't ever had kids that didn't have fun and enjoy their job.
Don't forget we don't have school tomorrow for the statewide inservice day, and next Friday is an early release day.
Have a great weekend!