Kaleena Jenkins' ePortfolio


Think Tanks

Think Tanks is a time for students to drive their own learning. During this time the students are provided with a task sheet and it is centered around a theme in which they select books to create products. Some of the products are digital products. Below you will see that I have created Discovery Education boards to give them the information that they need to complete the task and also that some students have created boards of their own to display their learning.

Math Stations

Last year, I began using boards in my math stations. I set it up in a manner to where throughout the week the students could utilize the boards to know where they were going each day and what tasks to do. Some of the stations incorporated using digital learning tools or websites and others gave them instructions for their paper/pencil tasks.
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As E:21 leaders we shared with the Hardin Staff how to access the SOS strategies within Discovery Education.

We also held a Gallery Walk for the staff so that they could see 4 different SOS strategies that had been used in the classroom with our students. The staff was tasked with choosing one of the shown strategies or one that they had explored to implement with their class and share with the staff.

I also shared some of these same strategies on our district grade-level instructional learning day.

SOS to Try!!!

Take a Walk

Choose media (image, video, etc) and show to students. Have a brief classroom discussion about the unit of study and set some ground rules for the walk. Take a walk around campus (inside/outside). Students are to be be observing and discussing with their peers what they see/observe that is related to the unit of study.

Lesson Plan Idea:

2nd Grade

Math- Geometry

This could be done with both 2-dimensional and 3-dimensional figures.

Show the students the Brain Pop Jr. video to the unit- discuss the figures and their attributes.

Have students make a list or provide them with one of the figures they want to look for. They could take their iPads with them for the walk to take pictures of figures throughout the walk. As students are walking, remind them to share with their peers what they are finding and show/describe using appropriate geometric vocabulary. You could guide them to talk to at least three different people throughout their walk so as to keep them moving and from talking to just their buddy for the entire walk. Once back in the classroom, students could create a collage of their pictures to share, or just get in small groups or with a new partner to share what they observed.

Google Classroom

I began using Google Classroom in the 2016-2017 School Year. First I introduced Classroom with Shout Outs. This was to encourage a culture of positivity and recognition in our classroom. There was a Shout Out announcement posted for each week and the students were to add a comment when they noticed someone being kind or helpful in our classroom. We would recognize these verbally each week when we had a chance and add names to our Shout Out board displayed in our classroom. Having Shout Outs initiated in Google Classroom gave the students the opportunity to use appropriate technology etiquette and also practice communicating through an online source in a safe place.

I later introduced Think Tanks into Google Classroom. With its scheduling feature I was able to go in at the beginning of the week and schedule each days post that gave the daily instructions and any attachments/links that the kids would need to complete their daily task. This made management of Think Tanks a little easier and more streamlined.

My goal is to become more consistent using Google Classroom with my students and incorporate Thinking Maps into collaborative assignments that tie to our weekly reading selection. Stay tuned for examples and updates....