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Emailing with Year 1-2 Students @ Miller Avenue School

Emailing with Year 1-2 Students @ Miller Avenue School

Background: 
Year One/Two class with the teacher going on short-term maternity leave and not wanting to lose touch with initiatives that were already set up so that there would be a smoother transition when teacher returned to class.

Context: 
Part of literacy programme where students had been interacting through the class blog, creating conversation and giving and receiving information, feedback and practicing reading/writing conventions in a real context.

Aims/Purposes:  

  • Keep in touch with “happenings”
  • Keep up to date with writing skills
  • Communicating through question/answer about learning in other areas

Method/Interventions/Actions:

  • Students were taught and practiced daily how to log into the computer with their personal login and password (prior to teacher going on leave)
  • Students were taught how to access Thunderbird (the school email system)
  • Teacher had preloaded email address to each students’ Thunderbird account so all they had to do was press A and the email address popped up (this saved many emails going AWOL and reliever not stressed)
  • Before teacher’s leave, students practiced writing, sending, receiving and reading emails (from Inbox) and as the teacher usually responded with a question, then the students had to answer by composing a new message.
  • Class tuition on “how to” included sending email to principal and other teachers – also Mr B (teacher’s husband)
  • Students critiqued the process and did simple problem solving when an issue arose
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Summary of key results/conclusions:

  • Year 1 is definitely not too young to start emailing.
  • Enjoyment of “the race” - to see how fast the messages were displayed on the projector after hitting send.
  • A great way to keep in touch and know what was happening on a day to day basis in the classroom. Much easier to pick up the reigns again and move forward.
  • Students kept up to date with teacher’s baby progress with photos, answers to their questions
  • Reading and writing digitally/online each day
  • Student who had trouble adjusting to the new situation, was made the “messenger” to pass on messages to the relieving teacher and so developed a sense of purpose and felt less anxious
  • Cross curricula – students were learning to count backwards – how many more sleeps until Mrs B came back!!
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Recommendations or next steps:

  • Teaching the students how to reply (rather than open and compose a new message).
  • Teaching the students how to open attachments as some of the photos sent, were not obvious and therefore not opened
  • Teaching students how to write in a new email address, forwarding etc
  • Ensuring the reliever has the knowledge of emailing