Saturday, October 10, 2020
(Several hands shoot up into the air onscreen)
Me: Um, okay, ______, unmute and tell me your word.
Star: I have a letter O word.
Me: Awesome! Let me hear it.
Me: Oprah! Yes, "Oprah" is an O word! And because it's the name of a person, we use an uppercase O at the beginning.
Star, interrupting: Uh, Mrs. Sommerville, I said "Oprah," NOT "Oprah."
Me: Ummm... what, honey?
Star: I SAID OPRAH, ****NOT**** OPRAH.
Me: Mmmmmm.... Are you talking about a person, a famous person?
Star: No, no, not a person. It's something you uh, you uh, you eat! (mumbling in the background).... I KNOW Dad, I *AM* explaining it to her!
Me: ... something you eat... do you mean OKRA?
Star: Yes! OPRAH! My dad fries it! (more mumbling in the background)
Me: Okay (writing).... o....k....r....a. Okra. Is that your word, honey?
Star: Uh, I don't know. I don't know how to spell yet.
And right in front of my Star's face a thumbs-up sign being made by an adult hand appeared on the screen.
And that, folks, is how word-list building is happening in this time of Zoom instruction and remote learning.
Wednesday, September 23, 2020
Full of addition, greater than/less than, a 100's chart, subtraction, geometry and oodles and oodles of counting, the questions can seem to go on forever.
It's the twelfth day of kindergarten.
Saturday, August 29, 2020
My colleagues and I have been swimming in Google training as well as tracking down other resources in preparation for utilizing Google Classroom with all grades this year, both in-person and remote. As we try to create introductory lessons and activities to familiarize ourselves (and eventually, our students and their families) with how Google Classroom, Google Slides, Google Drive and other resources fit together as a single digital puzzle, we've come up against some surprises that frankly are stymying us for far too many hours of the day.
Voilà. The Slide. Within Google Slides. The pieces move.
Friday, August 28, 2020
There's lots of preparation for the upcoming school year going on right now, and technology is at the forefront for me as one of my district's remote learning teachers. Nothing beats being able to see content the way my Super Stars and their families will, so I appreciate that I was able to obtain an iPad formatted for kindergarteners prior to the first day of instruction.