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Mandy Robek
Teacher, Blogger, Writer, Photographer
Teacher, Blogger, Writer, Photographer

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Today I'm sharing picture books I've purchased since moving to second grade and they are perfect for starting the year.

So excited about everyone participating today and sharing books you love.  It's so fun to learn from and with others.  

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So excited for #nf10for10 this year.  I wanted to share a post I did for our #WonderChat  this week incase you need an example of a simple post and/or a theme.  

Sneak Peak with Wonderopolis

Once again, on time.  In rereading my thoughts I realize my writing has a few thoughts about curriculum night.

4M:  6 months from now will also be February for our classroom and we will be juggling snow days and wishing for sunshine in the state of Ohio.  

We will have more access to more technology this year and I would love to my room working with different devices at different times.  When someone walks in it would be great if they say students creating with different medias - paper/pencil, drawing tools, PC, chromebook, iPad, iPod.  

I hope to have students using kidblog to compose written pieces or uploading an educreation to document math or content area learning and projects.  I hope to have students commenting and responding fostering more questions for the authors.  By this point in the school year I hope to have our blogs open between a couple of classrooms and/or just taking them global to foster connections.  I want this space to be a place for student choice.

I hope to have progress portfolios for each student and record our learning with much more intention.  I want to capture small pieces of work where there are struggles, celebrations and small misconceptions.  I feel it's really important to show the work along the way because that is why were are in school each day.  I hope to have capturing images and voice recordings a natural part of my workflow.

4M Questions I now have...

I think the biggest challenge ahead for me is deciding the tools we will be using and their purpose.  I feel a bit overwhelmed with the options and having clear decisions about how I will use them, at times.  I love creating Google forms for collecting data and analyzing it.  I love how I can type and record things within Evernote.  Does anyone juggle both and if so, do you have any tips on how and/or when you use each?

I believe Evernote will house the progress work I want to capture from my teaching point of view.  I love the ideas of voice recording for reading that was shared in this book and capturing student written work via photographs.  I might not capture entire pieces of writing but just a snapshot of growth or a struggle.  Small pieces have great power.  I hope to share with parents this information, easily.  Another nudge from this book.  Which brings me to a question, previously I've used Evernote personally with my personal email and then I have another email for "work" related this but it's not my school email.  Is it best to create an Evernote account with my work email if parents respond back?

While my brain says to start small as Matt did in his school looking at writing, I keep getting tugged and see the possibilities for recording math manipulative work/problem solving thinking and content area projects.  Any advice for focusing or just start and see where it leads with either kidblog student choice or my own Evernote?

Does anyone use schoology with second graders/elementary students? Our district has had it but is making it a place for communication with parents now

3Th I have some questions about progress portfolios and capturing writing.  Do people find it more beneficial to have a picture of a students writing to record observations?  Do teachers still use writing conferences and take notes along with the snapshots of student writing?  Do students ever have choice in the pieces put in a progress portfolio?  Thanks in advance for any ideas.

3T:  I think co-constructing knowledge with students lifts a student's attitude and application of  learning.  Students are so empowered when they can show others how to do something or work with others and allow their conversations to guide their work.  I think it could be challenging if a teacher isn't willing to admit they don't know all the answers at times and take the time to really listen to a student's thinking.
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