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  • Suzie Vesper 13 Jan 2014 8:34am () in Changing the group name and heading back to school

    Wow - You are both clearly well down the track with your thinking for the year. Candy, I got the kids to make an Animoto for homework last year to tell me about themselves. I had kind of forgotten I'd done that so that is a good reminder! Susan, I used the Daily 5 in my classroom last year and plan to implement it again but still thinking through what this looks like as well. I did a flat classroom project last year called DigiTween but found that it wasn't that well set up for the age group as it was a secondary project that they had reworked. I gave them that feedback though so they might have adjusted it. I did set up a website to support my lot with the project that you might find useful (if you are doing the same one):

    https://sites.google.com/a/mtpleasant.school.nz/useful-digitween-links

  • Suzie Vesper 12 Jan 2014 1:18pm () in Changing the group name and heading back to school

    Hi all,

    I know we've been pretty quiet with the end of year madness and then a well deserved break. I hope everyone is having a lovely holiday! I'm making the move from Year 7/8 to Year 5/6 this year so, as the group admin, I've rebranded this group to go from Year 5 to Year 8. I figure that we still all have a lot in common and this makes for a larger and more vibrant community. I hope noone has any objections!  

    One quick question from me - what do you consider the most useful things to do in the lead up to starting back at school?  I'm heading back to school next week starting with afternoons only to ease myself back in.  I plan to sign up for Teacher Dashboard for Year 5 to 8 at the school and get Google accounts set up that way this year. I'm also planning to use Spelling City again this year. Of course there is the furniture dragging and student file reading. What else do you prioritise?

  • Suzie Vesper 13 Oct 2013 10:34pm () in Gifted writers collaboration

    Hi Justin,

    That sounds great. I've now set up a Google Form for people to complete so that I can match people up. If you can fill it in, we'll start working it out.

  • Suzie Vesper 09 Oct 2013 5:38pm () in Gifted writers collaboration

    I've also been playing with a tool called 'InkleWriter' which you can use to make branching stories. I wonder it that could help make an interesting project! Though I'd quite like to give her license to write anything she wants so she can explore her own interests. Used InkleWriter as part of this project if you are interested:

    http://chchtechfest.wikispaces.com/3+InkleWriter

  • Suzie Vesper 09 Oct 2013 1:04pm () in Gifted writers collaboration

    Awesome.  Maddi is the girl from my room. They are also involved in a book project where they have nominated a book and then created activities and questions to go with it and are then swapping with the others in the same group to do their activities. I mention this as this means she will only have a dedicated hour a week for writing this term due to other end of year stuff so that is why I was thinking of doing this once a fortnight. That way, she will have one week to write solidly for an hour in Google Docs and then in the next week, she could read your student's work and make notes before having the meeting at 12:00pm.  It kind of has to be on Tuesday at that time for us as that is the day when the rest of her group is at an extention programme for maths and science at the local secondary school and she is free then. Will that work for you?

  • Suzie Vesper 09 Oct 2013 12:57pm () in Inquiry planning

    We have one that is one the way out because we will be bringing in the PYP planners (The International Baccalaureate Primary Years programme). They do have an example of a PYP planner in Google Docs which may or may not be useful.

  • Suzie Vesper 09 Oct 2013 12:42pm () in Gifted writers collaboration

    Hi there,

    I have one particularly gifted Year 8 writer in my Yr 7/8 class and I am looking to create a writers' group of similar students to have discussions around their writing via Skype or FaceTime or even a Google Hangout. I'm thinking that it might be more user-friendly to have the discussions between two students rather than a wider group but they could change who they talk to if the group gets the numbers. I am specifically looking to set this up once a fortnight between 12:00 - 12:30pm on a Tuesday. With other committments in this last term, I don't think I can do it more regularly that that. Anyone interested? I am cross-posting this on to the Year 7 and 8 Educators Unite VLN group.

  • Suzie Vesper 09 Oct 2013 12:42pm () in Gifted writers collaboration

    Hi there,

    I have one particularly gifted Year 8 writer in my Yr 7/8 class and I am looking to create a writers' group of similar students to have discussions around their writing via Skype or FaceTime or even a Google Hangout. I'm thinking that it might be more user-friendly to have the discussions between two students rather than a wider group but they could change who they talk to if the group gets the numbers. I am specifically looking to set this up once a fortnight between 12:00 - 12:30pm on a Tuesday. With other committments in this last term, I don't think I can do it more regularly that that. Anyone interested? I am cross-posting this on to Collaborate' Connect, Participate and Learn VLN group

    UPDATE:  I've set up a Google Form for any interested parties to fill in so that we can work out how to best connect the students.  The spreadsheet with the responses can be viewed online too. I've also nutted out quite a few more times Maddi is free :-)

    UPDATE 2: I wondered if we should share some examples of writing to help us figure out some good 'matches'. I've added a field to the form to put links to online docs. If you've filled it in already, jump back in to the response spreadsheet and add some.

  • Suzie Vesper 09 Sep 2013 8:03pm () in Great read alouds

    Awesome list growing here. I can see a lot of old favourites in among some I have not heard of before. I'll have to get reading now!

  • Suzie Vesper 07 Sep 2013 9:30pm () in Great read alouds

    Hey all. Hope the year is going well! Our class was off to camp a few weeks ago and I'm still recovering :-) Anyway, I am about to finish the book I've been reading to the kids and am thinking about where to go next and thought that we could pool our knowledge on what makes a great book to read to this age group. What would be your suggestions?