News from Mrs. Drudy 08/31/2015
"We exist so children can excel."
What We're Learning in Challenge
Well, the verdict is in and students love Clickers! They are also finding wonderful uses for QR codes in the classroom. If you aren't familiar with QR codes, ask your child about the slick way we can quickly get into the Accelerated Reader program--or any other website, for that matter--on our iPads by using them. Technology has been wonderful to us. We are forging ahead with Charlotte's Web, but the progress has been slow and steady, mostly due to the fact that there is so much about which to write and to discuss. I am absolutely delighted and amazed at this group's abilities with opinion writing.
The fifth and sixth graders have completed Wonder. I think we all agree that there isn't a better novel out there for us to launch the 2015-2016 school year. We still have much to do with the content and theme of this amazing story, though. This week will be focused on research of Treacher Collins Syndrome, Auggie's (the main character) condition. We'll also be digging a little deeper with theme, climax, and the writing of a new precept. I'm really looking forward to seeing what this deep-thinking group will come up with.
Morning Message Tasks
Comparing task journals with an elbow partner
Put Yourself on the Line
Be sure to ask your child about "Put Yourself on the Line," a human continuum for our opinions of technology use in schools. This is great practice for taking a stance before our argumentative writing.
Talk about your on-task behaviors...With Clickers, there's no time to think about anything else.