New this week: students were assigned individual iPads as part of their tech. Hearing this inspired the activity for grades 3&4.
No library this week, as there was an all-day LEGO community build on Thursday. Six hours of building, assisting, & supervision for all grades PreK-4.
Warm up: the name song (repeated from Week 1).
Continuing with bears & SEL in the library, I shared Laura Vaccaro Seeger’s Dog and Bear: two friends, three stories. This has always been a hit with the young crowd, and this week was no exception.
Our white board introduced a new symbol:
Part of my summer professional reading was Disrupting Thinking by Kyleen Beers & Robert Proust. Inspired by their Book-Head-Heart questioning strategy, I tweaked it to become Book-Brain-Heart. Because it was our first time seeing this strategy and it was with the K/1 students, only one icon was introduced. I believe that you go slow to ultimately go fast, especially in teaching new strategies.
Our questions today were to inspire the BRAIN to connect the story with our SEL expectations of Be Kind, Be Safe, Do Your Best, Help the Rest. The students were asked to think of ways Dog and Bear were KIND or SAFE in their stories. After each short story, we stopped and had turn-and-talk discussions with knee-neighbors to share how either Dog or Bear was KIND or SAFE. Interestingly, the children also expanded their discussion to include how they HELPED THE REST.
Self-checkout was better than before, and most children remembered their books. If they didn’t and they still wanted a book, it was allowed.
Stories with a SEL focus was today’s objective. Inspired by the Mood Meter from Yale’s RULER SEL curriculum, I created & introduced the emoji Mood Meter. It looks fun and kicked off our discussion: we talked about what the emoji’s might mean, how moods can change throughout the day, and how – if we were OK – we’d feel. Being OK isn’t bad or good – it’s medium, it’s OK. This led to our story: Amy Krouse Rosenthal’s The OK Book, illustrated by Tom Lichtenheld.
Side note: AmyKR is a favorite-favorite of mine. Share books that you love. Your joy shines through. Faking excitement or interest in a book? Kids can tell.
While reading, if students agreed with the character that they, too, were OK at ___, they tapped their head three times. This means “I know this” or “I agree here”. Lots of children were OK at kite-flying (must be the wind in London)!
After the story, students were asked to respond to a question on a sticky note: What are you OK at? These were attached to their library passes so they could be easily distributed. 🙂 In the future, I hope to use Padlet and have kids use their iPads to respond to questions like this.
Tech time! Somewhere in the readings or websites I’d seen in the first three weeks, I got the idea that a student survey was a requirement for my evaluation process. Some Pinterest searches provided inspiration for our Reading / Library Survey.
Other goals of the survey: to learn reading interests (to drive purchases), to discover likes and questions, and to informally observe/assess overall tech skill and typing comfort. Results to be analyzed in the next two weeks.
Overall, it went well…but there were learning moments. Too many of my questions required typewritten answers for this group. Some questions, which were included to learn a bit about the student as a person, weren’t well-received. Others were poorly worded. Here’s the version I’d use in the future (note: it’s a google doc).
For those wondering how they got to the survey: a tinyurl of our Destiny website, where a link to the survey was placed, made the process fairly painless. If the iPads had a QR code scanner, we’d have done that. By going to the Destiny homepage, we made a shortcut link to the desktop to use in the future. Storing surveys and weblinks in Destiny is easy and kid-friendly. Symbaloo would also work.
Both 3rd and 4th also had an intro to the emoji Mood Meter, and 4th had booktalks as part of their hour-long library class. Another lesson learned: booktalk first, survey second.
Phew. Busy week! Cheers, y’all! –arika