Savvy Students

Spring Newsletter 2019 - Wyman Library

Second Trimester is Finished

The students have been learning a lot in library, honing their digital skills and putting them into practice with various grade level projects. Our new favorite app is SeeSaw. It's a wonderful digital portfolio site that allows students to apply audio, video, text, or pictures to showcase their work.

First Grade Family Books

Shared on SeeSaw

First graders illustrated and labeled a book about their families. They shared their books by videotaping or audio taping in SeeSaw. Students were able to like each others' books, and families could comment on their child's work. As part of a culturally responsive classroom we were interested to see how each family has their own culture. I was thrilled to see one student's favorite place to go with his mother was to the library. : ) A sample is shared below and more are posted on my library page here.

Kindergarten Art

After listening to the story The Dot by Peter Reynolds, in which a little girl learns to be proud of her accomplishments, to persist and to put her name on her work, our kindergarten students drew their own dots. The students saved them in SeeSaw and celebrated their work by adding their names. This was an introduction to copyright for K students.
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Books to Read With Your Child

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Kids Read Across Rhode Island

This year's Read Across RI book for kids is Sanity & Tallulah a graphic novel by Molly Brooks.

Kick Off celebration - May 4th
At the Rhode Island State House from 2:00 to 4:00.
Meet the Author and ask her to sign your book.

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Rhode Island Children's Book Award Winner

The winner of the RICBA 2019 vote is Sergeant Reckless ​: the true story of the little horse who became a hero by Patricia McCormick. All Wyman students grades 3 - 5 took part in the state wide vote.

Tara Castro - Library Media Specialist

This year I have been working as a Fuse Fellow coach with the teachers of Wilbur & McMahon school in Little Compton. Helping the teachers at W&M focus on priority practices like giving students choice over how they learn, or how they share what they learned, has helped me to find more ways to offer my own students choice. There are always new applications to try but the trick is to get to the why. What will this "new" thing add to my student's experience in my classroom? How can I improve what I do? So, I am part teacher, part coach and most importantly, part student.
"Technology is just a tool. In terms of getting the kids working together and motivating them, the teacher is the most important." Bill Gates