Saturday, February 1, 2014

International Collaboration

I am now an international collaborator! I had the opportunity to be connected with a 4th grade class in Alberta, Canada. When we realized that Scholastic was hosting a webinar with two of our favorite authors Jeff Kinney and Dav Pilkey, we agreed that this would be the perfect opportunity to join our classrooms. It was amazing!

During the webinar both of our classrooms joined a TodayMeet room. They were able to blog back and forth with one another while watching the interview. On the webcast, the authors presented a contest. Students were challenged to write the ending to one of the stories Jeff and Dav started together. The winner will have their ending published in the book! My class and the Alberta class are going to participate in this contest. The students will share their stories with one another throughout the process. I’m excited to see how my writers change with a different audience!

Positive and Negative Things Happening in My Writers' Workshop

Making Progress: I am feeling more and more confident with trying new tools with my writing instruction. I have been very excited about doing some of my conferring and mid-week workshops through video. It has allowed me to be more effectively involved with my students throughout their writing process. I can give instant feedback or provide different lessons that directly apply to that writer. Also, I am finding that if I have my kids watch a video at home focused on the skill we will be doing the next day, I have more use of my workshop time. I don’t have to spend as much time modeling the new skill, but rather spend time helping them use the new skill. 

Hoping for Change: The area I need help with is being consistent with consequences of misused technology or independent writing time. It seems that my most reluctant writers, need the technology the most. However, they are also my students who are most likely to abuse these privileges. It is so frustrating because a natural consequence would be loss of technology, but that consequence hurts me more with managing their writing process and hurts them by creating more of block to engaging them as writers. ….gggrrrr