Wednesday, July 25, 2007

An Interview with Ralph Fletcher

I had the opportunity to speak with Ralph Fletcher after his presentation at the Literacy Conference on July 25. I'm looking forward to reading his books with my students this year.
Gabcast! Author Blog #6

Tuesday, July 24, 2007

Completed Projects

I was very happy when I left class Monday and had my finished projects posted to my blog. It was great being able to give the web address to my brother and cousin and saying, "look what I did in school". I started working on a class blog for my students. My goal is to keep working with all of this media over the next month so I have a good handle on it when we go back to school. I'm going to the Literacy Conference in Frankenmouth. There's a break out session on digital storybooks, maybe I'll get more ideas or create another sample for my students to view. My husband told me he would stay with me Thursday until I meet Devin Scilian and got that interview on gabcast, that will be a cool post.

Monday, July 23, 2007

Digital Storybook

I finished my first digital storybook for the poem "Time" by Valerie Bloom.

Day of Tears Kiosk

Check out my kiosk for the book "Day of Tears"!

Saturday, July 21, 2007

Digital Storybooks

As I was working on my digital story bookin class I thought (once again) about what a great instructional tool this will be for my students. It's a great visualization excercise. My students struggle with that aspect of comprehension; digital story books will be a great way to motivate them to develop that skill. I also think it will be a motivating way to have them practice repeated reading and fluency. I'm sure they'll record their stories or poems more than once before they're satisfied enough to edit the recording into their iMovie.
I was also thinking about what a change I'm in for when I go back to school in September. I have loved all the things we've done this semester, but I do believe incorporating all of this into my teaching is going to require a conscious effort to change my ways of thinking and work habits. I am definately looking forward to it though.

Thursday, July 19, 2007