As I mentioned earlier this week, my classroom is now 1 to 1. We’ve used our new laptops for a variety of things this week but one of the challenges for me is sending students to websites easily as typing in URLs is fairly time consuming. For our Expert Project, I have created a google doc with sources students can use for research. But creating docs full of links doesn’t always make sense.
In math this week we’ve used an interactive activity at NCTM‘s Illuminations site. I added this site as a “Useful Link” on our class website, as that URL (exploreorrs.com) is an easy one for my students to type in and to remember if they want to find this activity again.
We did this yesterday and I know some students went home to try the activity some more. I thought that was a possibility. I did not expect a student to write a blog post. (It’s not really as exciting as that sounds. She doesn’t have a blog, to the best of my knowledge.)
I added a widget to our class blog that allows people to write posts. My goal is for the students to write regularly there. I haven’t introduced this to them yet, however. It didn’t even occur to me that anyone would notice the opportunity. It’s pretty small on the page.
But this girl did. And she clicked. And she created a title for her post, “Hey”. And she wrote a little. And she submitted it to me.
(Ms. A. is the intern working in our classroom right now.)
For reasons I don’t fully understand, this brought me great joy. My students are using our computers to communicate. They did it back in November when we first started using google docs and I left comments on their writing. They responded to the comments. Usually to actually answer a question I had asked or tell me what they had done in their writing because of my comment. But when I was away at a conference one girl (not the same as the one above) used responding to my comment as a way to tell me she hoped I was having a good time.
There’s a lot for me to do as a teacher. But sometimes the most important thing is for me to get out of their way.