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Wednesday
Feb042015

I think I have my head above water ...

Yayyyy!!!

I know it has been awhile since I last posted on the blog, but I am here now!

That doesn’t mean that I haven’t thought about what would be good to write about ….

I find myself thinking, “This would be a good thing to share on my blog”

So today, I am going to start … or restart!

So while I have been trying to keep my head above water the last month, I am not sure what I would have done without the ideas and resources I have been able to find both on pinterest and teacherspayteachers!

It almost makes me wonder what I did years ago when I was a classroom teacher without those things! :)

I have quickly become a big fan of Shari Bithell and her Criminal Character Products!

Today my students got to be professional sketch artists who took notes while listening to an eyewitness account and then created a picture to help catch the criminal!

We were able to work on listening skills as well as determining needed information. I was able to informally asses the note-taking and visualization skills of my students too!

(Next week, I will do the other part of the lesson which involves rewriting a scenario from a different point-of-view since I am only at that school once a week.)

I was pleased with how the lesson was going …

So I decided to throw in something else …

Although not originally planning to use technology in my lesson today, I decided to see what might happen if I introduced YAKiT Kids to a few students …

With only one ipad mini in the classroom, one students and I worked together to take a picture of her wanted poster creation using YAKit and then create the mouth before recording. After saving the creation to the camera roll, I invited that first student to help the second student create using YAKit. Even though I was close by so I could help if needed, I was quite impressed with how quickly my students caught on and were able to help each other.

Yay!!!

Even though the technology part of our lesson did not really add much to the content knowledge, I think introducing YAKiT Kids to my students could really open some doors of possibility in the future!

 

 

photo credit: Reese Learning to Float via photopin (license)

 

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