Recently, I took a poll in one of my classes to see if they would prefer choice projects or a traditional exam to end the semester. Every single one of my students chose the project option, so I created a tic-tac-toe choice board for them. (Board template was borrowed from https://shakeuplearning.com/ )The choices related to a novel we had finished reading in class where we studied plot elements and characterization. I’m really happy with the level of engagement in the choices my students made for their mid-term assessment project. During our project work days, I was able to observe their creative process to demonstrate knowledge. In addition, I was able to see growth in their writing and comprehension. Check out their work below documented on Bookcreator.
Have you ever said, “There is never enough time”? This is what I hear a lot from colleagues and my own thinking. How do we manage to tackle the benchmarks that we want our students to know, fit in all of our lessons, and allow for room to be creative? There has to be a balance in everything, and that includes the way we ask our students to showcase their learning. After over sixteen years of teaching, I have found that students need choice to stay engaged and creative. As a teacher, I have to get really creative in how I make sure students make connections across all subject areas and fit in all of my lessons for the year.
Do you remember being a kid and being assigned a book report? I remember going through lots of paper before I settled on my final draft. Geez, did my hand hurt after all of that writing! Fast forward to today, there are so many choices for sharing a favorite book. Students love to be creative in how they share their knowledge of benchmarks that they have been taught. I have found that Bookcreator is a great digital tool that allows students to grow as readers, writers, designers, and researchers. And, it’s a great way to practice using 21st century skills and prepare for the future. After meeting a guest author who wrote a scary story we decided to try our own. Check out our collaborative collection of spooky stories! Let us know what you think.
Well, my mom brought me and my three other friends to the mall. We were shopping, until David started the whole thing… I was minding my own business at the video game store until I heard the words, ‘’ You’re it‘’. Now, you’re thinking this is going to be a chase all around the mall. Well you’re right. We started running through the entire mall, but they were exhausted. When it’s time to go, we all got in my car and dropped off each of the kids. Finally when David started to slowly get out of the car, I tagged him and said, “You’re it’’.
By: Justice A.
As I walked through the valley with my dog, I saw someone with a van and a tv reporter group. I walked through the valley to see what was going on., The camera had me and my dog on T.V. I said to myself “… we seemed to be on the television…” I kept walking back and forth until I could get a my few minutes of fame on T.V. They said I couldn’t do that, but I did it again. I kept walking and the T.V. camera crew started to yell. Unfortunately, the security viciously got me off camera.
Justice Aranda- 7th Grade
I was in bed, it was 9:30. I heard something behind my bathroom door… I opened the door and closed it. Nothing was there. I went back to bed and I heard it again. I heard myself saying, “I wondered what was behind that door?” I went to go check again, nothing was there. I kept checking every hour. I got freaked out and went to my parents’ room and they didn’t believe me. They said, “Go back to bed.” I cried as I kept hearing the sound get closer and closer.
The Shipping Test
By: Christofer Bennardo
U.P.S. and FedEx both made new websites on shipping products. So my sister and I are holding an experiment on which company ships products faster U.P.S. or FedEx. We bought the same product from the same place but on the two different websites. After we ordered the product’s we went back to our day. Playing outside, fighting, eating and playing video games. The next morning the doorbell rang, and I Wondered What Was Behind The Door the FedEx or U.P.S. box. I opened the door and I saw an Amazon Box? I am confused?
By: Christofer Bennardo
It was in the trenches of a war torn village . They were being attacked by a nearby village. They were losing by a bit. The Lieutenant was giving orders and the private did not want to do it. They were saying… “BUT WHY LIEUTENANT?” “Well, BECAUSE I SAID SO NOW DO IT!” “Fine I’ll do it” ……The Private runs out of the trenches with other soldiers, and runs around the enemy’s position. They go behind the enemy and hide. The lieutenant takes out a blow up tank and places it down. The enemy retreats and the soldiers come out from hiding and make them surrender.