Google Forms and Note Taking

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I'm not a huge fan of text book teaching.  "Open to Chapter 2, read Lesson 1, take notes, there will be a quiz on Thursday"  Ugh. But the truth is, there is valuable information in the text book, so I never want to talk it down to my students.  So today is our first text book lesson, with a twist.

I created a Google Form for their notes. I provided the central ideas, and they are finding the details from the text to support it. (Baby steps to Common Core Reading Informational Text 6.2) Here is our first notetaking form:

See the Premier Notetaking form here :)

After a few tries, I can add links and videos for them to integrate different media and formats into a coherent understanding. (RI6.7)

This is what I'm trying today, hope there is a way you can tweak it to work for you. Google Forms are really polished looking. Students don't realize how easy they are to set up and then use them to harvest information.



This is what I'm trying today, hope there is a way you can tweak it to work for you. Google Forms are really polished looking. Students don't realize how easy they are to set up and then use them to harvest information.

Happy teaching!
Liz


International Dot Day Part 2

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Last week, we used the links in International Dot Day Part 1 to discuss creativity, strengths and weaknesses and even talked about self sabotaging thoughts like "I'll never be good at that".  We didn't get to the Prezi of the books in two periods, so we will go through that at the beginning of the period before beginning the lesson here.  My favorite thing about my plan is that it is so open to what ever direction discussion goes. I didn't know we would talk about self-talk last week, but it was perfect because that is such a common source of discouragement for jr. high kids.

So, part 2 will begin with Kid President's Pep Talk.
Then, we will discuss what we can do to make the world more awesome.  I am trying my first assignment through Classroom so we will see how that goes.  I went to the party store and bought colorful cake plates that will be our dots on our bulletin board. Each student will create their own "plate book" using the drawing doc I shared for the assignment. Here is is.  Not sure if you can access it if you aren't in the Hueneme family.  I tried "Publish to web" from the doc.  Again, first attempt in learning can sometimes mean FAIL. My students took their dot art home over the weekend and when they are all put together, we will have three murals around our room for inspiration. My plan is to put the plate books surrounding the murals. Finally, can't forget The Dot song by Emily Dale and Peter H. Reynolds.  Catchy!


Hope you have a wonderful International Dot Day!

International Dot Day 2014 Part 1

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Welcome to International Dot Day!!

My first year participating and I am anxious to see if it sends an anchor message to my students that we can come back to all year long.  These are some resources I'm planning to use Monday (really, just linking them here so my class flow is efficient.  This is my Friday discussion stimulus.


Take a look at this artist!  Artistic ability is certainly a gift!  What emotions does this bring to your mind?


Now think about creativity.  Is creativity only about art?  What are some ways you are creative?

Peter H. Reynolds is an author who has some thoughts about creativity.  Read through his book The Dot.


Click here to see a Prezi of the book.
Or copy this link into the browser:
http://prezi.com/4kgq0pk9mob4/?utm_campaign=share&utm_medium=copy


Do you think he has a message bigger that the surface? Is this book just about "Try to draw, even if you think you can't?"  What are some broader lessons about like?

Take the conversation to your edmodo small group and discuss what you learn from The Dot.