Well, June is upon us! Hard to believe but it is here and we are winding down the school year.
In April, I was fortunate to take to a trip to Cleveland, Ohio. While there I visited a suburb, Mentor, and toured a few schools to see how they implement Chromebooks. I visited Ridge Middle School. I was able to spend time in their Research and Development room and watch how teachers throughout the school used blended learning as an instructional model. Principal Megan Kinsey and Director of Innovative Practices Jeremy Shorr were amazing to connect with and their insights were extremely valuable. The afternoon saw me visiting two elementary schools to work with students using Chromebooks. The kids and teachers were so welcoming and helpful. A huge thank you to Chelsey Eminger who acted as my guide for the afternoon.
While there, I witnessed them using a station/rotation model. This model allows students to rotate through various stations. The activities at each station are varied. Our class implemented this model three weeks ago and it has changed our classroom and our learning immensely. The benefits I have seen using this model include: more focus on the task at hand, a growth in independence, students teaching/helping each other and taking ownership of their learning. It really is incredible! I cannot say enough great things about how this model has impacted our classroom.
Recently the Archbishop visited our classroom and our class was able to show him how to use Google Docs to work collaboratively together. Another group of students chose to work on their Ebooks using iPads. Stay tuned for all of their published work!
Can you believe that it is already March? It is hard to believe that we have already reached 100 days and completed our second round of student led conferences.
November was the first time for Morhart’s Minions to lead their conferences. In the past our division used parent-teacher interviews as the process to share the student’s learning. I was impressed with how well the kids did in the fall but I was not prepared for March. The kids planned what they were going to showcase to their parents and collaborated as to how the process should look. They walked into the room and owned it! I was so proud to be their teacher.
I wanted them to think about the process and share with everyone what they liked and disliked about the process. I love their honesty and the growth in their writing. Have a look at what they have to say about the tri-conference process.
You can’t turn on the TV or read the news without hearing about all of the crazy weather we are having in North America. As usual, Saskatchewan provides us with ever changing weather that keeps us on our toes. What is wrong with going to bed and it is +3 C and waking up to -35 C?
Have a look around as Morhart’s Minions describe what it feels like to still have to go to school when it is -50 degrees Celsius!
It is hard to believe that December and the Christmas holidays are already here. Every September, this time seems so far off and before we know it – it is here!
I look back on these past four months and I think wow – So much has happened. I am most amazed at the growth and independence the kids are showing. My goal at the beginning of the year was to ensure that I had students that could think for themselves. We are moving in that direction. This group of children are so kind, sweet and caring. They love to learn and share their ideas.
I want to take this time to wish you all a very Merry Christmas and a prosperous new year! I look forward to watching the growth that continues in each and every child in our room.
As part of student led conferences, the grade three’s had to choose a goal that they would like to meet. I gave them several options if they could not think of their own but they all chose to increase their reading level prior to the February benchmarks.
During the first part of the school year we have focused on different reading strategies that help us understand text. We have looked at headings, titles, pictures and illustrations. We have worked on making personal connections as well as sharing an opinion. Another strategy we have used was visualization to help paint a picture in our minds.
A bonus for our class this term was the Global Read Aloud. We read the book Marty Mcguire by Kate Messner. We connected with another grade three class in Irvine, California. Each week we chose a reading strategy and our kids would Skype and share their work with each other. It was a great experience.
I have seen so much growth in the entire class and I look forward to seeing them meet their goals.
Please have a look at their goals and work and let them know you were here.
Hello everyone and welcome to our class blog! We are so excited to be able to share our learning with you this year. Please check back often to see what is going on in grade 3.
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