Thursday, April 30, 2009

We’ve been VERY busy this week!! But it has be SOOOOooooo much fun learning with our new interactive whiteboard (IWB)! We use it throughout the day, and we’re figuring out how it works together. 🙂

In writing, we’ve been learning how to organize and write essays.  This week we utilized Inspirations, a tool that helps children visualize, think, organize and learn by creating graphic organizers of complex concepts.  Our complex concept this week is essay structure for response to literature (Amazing Grace).  Inspirations has two modes:  Outline and Diagram.  Students with different learning styles are supported in their effort to organize and add details to improve their essays.  I am eager to see their improvements.  Look for a copy of their graphic organizer to come home in their Friday folder.