I'm linkin' up with my fellow Saints lover and buddy, Erin, from I'm Lovin' Lit for Thursday Throwdown,
Today's topic is ways to make learnin' more interactive.
What I do might not work for everyone, but it works for my Rockstars...
I try to get them up and movin' around as much as possible.
In my class we collaborate ALL DAY.
The only time my students aren't workin' together is if they are silent readin'
or takin' an assessment.
Other than that, they are encouraged to work together.
That might be in pairs.
That might be in groups.
Whatever they choose, unless I choose for them.
They sit at tables..yes, even in 5th grade.
We do not have desks in our class.
They do not have assigned seats, but they do have assigned groups.
These groups are flexible and change often.
It's not uncommon for me to say..."Pair up"
and within seconds my kids are scurryin' around findin' a partner.
They don't ask questions...they just do it and wait for me to tell them what's about to happen.
I love that they know what to do.
They are used to gettin' up, standin' up, and movin' around!
Here are just a few examples of some of the things we might do in our class.
CRISS or Reading Strategies:
I integrate technology in as much stuff as possible.
My class participates in B.Y.O.D.
They are allowed to use devices to type, research, read, etc...
however they see fit.
They appreciate this privilege.
They are engaged.
They do not break the tech rules...EVER
because they know the techy stuff would disappear.
It's that simple.
Again, these are things that work in my classroom.
Things change daily.
We are always doin' somethin' different to mix things up a little.
It really does keep them excited when I make learnin' interactive.
I've said this before.
I don't care if my kids are sittin', standin', layin' down, or hangin' from the ceiling...
as long as they are engaged and learnin'...I'm okay with it.
It took a lot for me to let go of that control, BUT
I'm so glad I did.
It just makes our days run so smoothly.
My next door neighbors might not love my approach because we get loud...a lot.
The only thing I can do is continue to ask forgiveness.
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