What I learned from taking EDI 726: Materials and Methods B-6
1. I broadened my knowledge of how to better meet the needs of the diverse students in my classroom.
I acquired this through the course readings and reflections (tracks in the snow) as well as through peer discussions.
I was also able to apply many strategies right away with my students because of the connections I made throughout my readings.
Examples: The Fountas & Pinnell Literacy Continuum (A great reference tool which I have learned to use/reference often), Leslie Blauman's book: The Inside Guide to the Reading-Writing Classroom I also found very useful. In the future I would love to incorporate many of her ideas such as the Lit Log and Book Clubs.
2. I added to my bank of technological resources to use in the classroom.
Through the professional development assignment and other assignments such as the book trailer and materials presentation, I went outside of my comfort zone and learned many new, unique, and different technological tools that I can use with my students.
Examples: Kahoot!, Recap, ABCYa!, Mentimeter, NearPod, Popplet, and TodaysMeet
From another course I am taking this semester, I learned about Adobe Spark. As you can see, I am using it now and I used it for the book trailer assignment. I also used it for an assignment in another class. I LOVE using this resource. I recently introduced it to my 4th grade students (the Adobe Spark video portion) and they cannot wait to start using it. They are working on reading a book for fun on their own and then I am having them create a book trailer (similar to what you had use do!). I told them that once we are all finished, we can take an afternoon to watch them and have popcorn. They are so excited! Thanks for the fun idea!!
Lastly, I researched what types of technology can help ELLs in the classroom for my research trends assignment. I learned about how technology is beneficial to them because of its' individualized abilities and specific, immediate feedback. My paper also mentioned that technology is great because it is interactive, motivating, and inviting to students.
3. The multiple lessons and inspirational stories I learned from reading Beyond the Blackboard by Stacey Bess...
I am honestly not a big reader, but this book I didn't want to put down. Reading Beyond the Blackboard makes me want to read more stories like it! Every page brought a new realization. It was so beautiful and heart-warming. It is amazing how drastically one person can change somebody's life for the better. I hope to have a similar impact on some of my students one day.
I have recommended it to a few teacher friends already and I can't wait to hear what they think. Thanks for the great read.
4. I learned how to do my best book orientation with students.
A book orientation is more than just a picture walk. A book orientation briefly introduces the book to the child, allowing them to make meaning as they read. Along with this, new vocabulary is introduced, the teacher allows the child to make connections to their background knowledge, and familiarizes them with the plot and any new language the book might present.
The teacher does not give away too many details, though, leaving the child with a few questions and motivating them to read the story in order to answer those questions.