Monthly Archives: March 2012

A Midpoint Inquiry Check in 1st grade

As you may know from Katie’s posts, we are up to our elbows in inquiry circles across the school!  On Friday we will have our once-a-year, doors-wide-open inquiry celebration for grades PK-8.  Get ready… Currently, I have 10 inquiry circles … Continue reading

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Going Public With Learning

This post is part of my series of posts that chronicle a two and half week inquiry project from start to finish.  Here are some other posts in this series. Explore More: Explaining what it is and the background of … Continue reading

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Keeping Kids Organized During Inquiry

This post is part of my series of posts that chronicle a two and half week inquiry project from start to finish.  Here are some other posts in this series. Explore More: Explaining what it is and the background of … Continue reading

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Focusing on Process (not just product)

This post is part of my series of posts that chronicle a two and half week inquiry project from start to finish.  Here are some other posts in this series. Explore More: Explaining what it is and the background of … Continue reading

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Collaboration!

This post is part of my series on our two and half week inquiry for Explore More.  You can read other posts in the series here and here. I really wanted to write this post today to demonstrate that things … Continue reading

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A Big Day for Big Learning! Active Agents in a Digital World!

What a great day in first grade! We had a big day of learning and saw exactly how our thinking matters in the larger community. Way to live a curious life first graders! Each Wednesday we follow Wonderopolis.org and engage in our … Continue reading

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Going Deeper with Questioning

A few posts back I wrote about starting our Explore More projects.  Over the last few days Michelle and I have been guiding the students in coming up with a wide variety and range of questions to spark their interests. … Continue reading

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Mulling Over Blogging

I’ve written many posts about my journey with my students and blogging.  Most recently I gave students a survey about their thoughts and ideas on this topic.  This year my students have made huge progress in their ability to think … Continue reading

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It’s That Time of Year Again….Explore More!

Explore More is upon us.  If you’d like a little background you can read some of my posts from last year’s Explore More where we did Literature Inquiries. Getting Into Beyond the Book Inquiry Organizing for Inquiry Knee Deep in … Continue reading

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Out of the mouths of babes…

On Friday we celebrated Read Across America with a pajama party.  All students were invited to wear their pajamas and slippers to school and to bring a favorite stuffed animal as their reading buddy. As many of you know, my … Continue reading

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The Lions of Little Rock

Linda B from the Slice of Life Challenge introduced me to this little meme.  It’s hosted at Teach Mentor Texts. I just picked up this book called The Lions of Little Rock and I haven’t been able to put it … Continue reading

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Poetry on the iPads, Part 2

I have been waiting all day to write this post!  We had another wonderful week writing poetry in first grade.  As I watched my students this week, nearly all children made attempts to compose on the iPad. The children who … Continue reading

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ICE 2012

What a week!  Thank you to the Illinois Computing Educators conference team for planning and hosting a tremendous event!  Thanks to all who attended our session, Transforming Classrooms with the iPad.  Katie, Carolyn and I appreciated your enthusiasm and support!  … Continue reading

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