Friday, January 15, 2016
Tuesday, January 12, 2016
Goal: To continue working on our speaking skills, this time focusing on how to present using slides. Skills practiced are the 6 speaking skills: Poise, voice, life, eye contact, (gestures - will not be assessed), and speed.
Product: A 1- 2 minute speech, with 5 slides at least, rehearsed and ready to deliver on Tuesday, January 19th.
What to do:
- Decide what information you want to present, you must have a beginning, middle, and end
- Create your slides to enhance your information
- Create notecards or manuscript for your speech
- Rehearse to make sure it is between 1 and 2 minutes.
Speech Prompt: Provide an abstract (brief summary) of your non-fiction picture book topic with slides to support your knowledge.
Standard 7: Present focused claims with support, using eye contact, volume, and elocution. This is a summative growth assessment.
- You should rehearse this speech before you give it making sure you fit the time requirement, as well as how you will go through your slides (a clicker will be provided for students).
- You should have it typed out on note cards or have something else to remember it by if you need it
- Part of speaking well is drawing people in, how will you draw your audience into your speech?
- You will need 5 slides at least to support your speech, you may not read off of your slides.
Some time will be provided in school for the assignment, however, students will need to rehearse and time their speech outside of school.
What is a blog?
This year I am happy to introduce a very exciting learning tool in our classroom; our very own student written blog. A weblog, or blog for short, will function much as in class discussions and work, except through posting and creating work online, we will be able to engage in conversations with across the globe on our work, as well as classmates. This new writing opportunity affords us the chance to help students develop their writing while exposing it to a potentially global audience, thus leading to in-depth discovery, reflection, and redirection in their literacy skills.
This week will serve as an introduction to this tool as we create paper blogs, discuss safety, as well as the overarching purpose of our blogs. The blog will provide the students with a safe way to communicate with people around the world and will be used extensively thought out the year. All posts and comments are approved by me, which ensures the safety of the students, as well as the appropriateness of what they post and the comments they get. This should be a very positive experience for the students and is something that something I value greatly.
While class time will be provided for blogging, students are able to blog outside of school. Many students want to blog about their interests and I encourage them to do so. Our blog is used is a model for student blogging globally so we will discuss how to best represent ourselves to the world. Spelling, conventions, as well as the ideas we present matter, and they will used to shape our continued writing journey. Therefore, students are expected to only put their best out there.
Safe internet behavior is something I take very seriously and something we discuss throughout the year, but particularly here in the beginning of our new adventure. This week we will discuss the rules for staying safe on the internet using the analogy of how the internet is like the mall. We will also discuss how a public blog is different from a private journal and the types of posts someone may write.
Throughout the entire year as we blog, I am also a line of defense. All posts have to be approved by me (there is no way around this) and all comments have to be approved by me (also with no way around it). All links that get to a student through a post have been clicked on by me and viewed. In the 4 years of blogging with students, I have never had an unsafe situation, nor any type of cyber-bullying. The most we have ever gotten are spam comments, which I simply delete before they reach students. I feel that Kidblog is an incredibly safe way for students to write for an authentic audience and engage in a global conversation.
If a child does not have permission to have their blog open to the public, they will still blog. Their posts will only be seen by their classmates and not widely published. That way no one sticks out and everyone still has the same chance at reflecting. If you do not want your child’s blog to be shared with people outside the classroom, please let me know so I can setup their account accordingly.
If you would like to see students blogs from previous years and where your child will be blogging this year, please go to www.kidblog.org/mrsrippsclass/
Our first posts will be up by the end of next week.
If you have any questions regarding this, please contact me.
Friday, January 8, 2016
For the past 3 days, my 7th grade students have been furiously discussing the their favorite picture books as we get ready for the Caldecott awards. While we have not voted for our top 3 yet, I thought it would be worthwhile to share our all of our favorite picture books from 2015. What I love the most is the care that the students are putting into their conversations surrounding their selection, looking beyond the "What a great story!" and really searching for picture books that will leave a long lasting impression instead. Note, some of these are sadly ineligible for the award since the illustrator does not reside in the US, nor are they a citizen. So if you are looking to boost your picture book collection, start with some of these incredible books.
I Don't Like Koala - Story by Sean Ferrell, Art by Charles Santoso
The Night World - Story and Art by Mordicai Gerstein
Voice of Freedom: Fannie Lou Hamer: The Spirit of the Civil Rights Movement - Story by Carole Boston Weatherford, Art by Ekua Homes
Finding Winnie: The True Story of the World's Most Famous Bear - Story by Lindsay Mattick, Art by Sophie Blackall
I cannot wait to see which books are in the top!