Category Archives: Collaboration

Lessons From The Trenches of The Slice of Life Challenge

It’s been a crazy month.  Crazy.  Why?  Because both I and my students have been participating in the Slice of Life Challenge dreamed up by the amazing ladies at Two Writing Teachers.  To sum it up: write everyday, comment on … Continue reading

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Coming Out of Hibernation with #SHC13 Think Tank!

Those of you that have had a baby will understand when I say that I’ve been in hibernation.  It’s not that I’ve been sleeping my days away, in fact I get less sleep now than I ever have.  My hibernation … Continue reading

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Honoring the PLN

It’s been an unusual start to the school year. I have my largest class ever. I went on strike.  It’s the middle of October, but only the 26th day of school.  Things feel a little weird. In times like this, … Continue reading

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We are bloggers!

Currently, each student in my class hosts a blog on Kidblogs.org.  Kidblogs is a safe and easy blogging site for students.  There are various settings that allow the teacher to manage visibility and access. Each child enters his or her … Continue reading

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How Did You Use Technology Today?

Today… my students started their first ever ebook read on their ipads.  They set up a color coding system for thinking notes, important vocabulary, and items to bring to discussion circles. a student who was absent watched the math lessons … Continue reading

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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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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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Class Meetings Matter

Class meetings matter.  I understand that sometimes there are not enough minutes in the day. I realize that we have to make choices each week how to best use our instructional time.  After a series of shortened weeks, I feel … Continue reading

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What’s Blogging Got To Do With It?

Ok, bad title I know.  But the content is good.  At least I hope it is.  Today I gave my students a survey about blogging.  It’s the first year that I’ve done blogs from the beginning of the year and … Continue reading

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Happy Digital Learning Day!

As we celebrate our 1st Digital Learning Day in my classroom, I take a moment to reflect on how significantly technology has changed how I teach and how my students learn. Device preference aside, I am so grateful for all … Continue reading

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Using Google Forms in 1st grade

We’ve got pets on the brain.  For the past few weeks we have been reading about pets.  We’ve written nonfiction text and poems about pets.  We’ve collected data on pets, taken informal surveys of favorite pets and graphed our results.  … Continue reading

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Using Edmodo in Writer’s Workshop

We’re at the beginning of a new unit of study in Writer’s Workshop, list articles.  We usually start every unit by delving into a variety of examples in the genre and creating a chart of qualities.  I thought I’d try … Continue reading

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Online Discussions and Access

Today I had my students conduct their first online math discussion.  I put them into groups by table and gave them some word problems from the book to discuss and solve together.  I asked them to solve one problem at … Continue reading

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