Here are 5 random things from my week.
We are using Kidblog in full force now in my classroom.
I teach two sections of language arts. Last week, I had Kidblog as part of my Daily 3 rotation in language arts for my homeroom. This week, I have added it to my second language arts class. I post questions about our read aloud, general questions about independent reading, and an "Interesting News" section. My class also has a section with social studies questions. Before students can respond to the "Interesting News" section, they need to comment on two academic sections. However, I emailed the blog link to my parents. Students are free to report their stories from home at any time.
Earlier in the week, I wrote about my plan to use Smarties in a simulation about the taxes that were imposed on the American colonist by the British. This activity was a huge success. I will blog about in detail tomorrow for Joanne's linky, Spark Student Motivation Saturday.
I am excited to have my beginning of the year reading assessments finished! This weekend, I will work on scoring them. The data from these tests is extremely helpful, and I can't wait to use it to start planning some engaging, meaningful activities.
On Thursday, we had early release. We used this time to work on professional goals. I am looking forward to collaborating with my partner. We wrote goals on technology and extended responses. Now, I just need to put together a binder to track my progress. It will have a cute cover, for sure.