I am so excited to joining this mid-year book study. Thank you, Kickin' It in Kindergarten for hosting these chapters.
This strategy focused on getting kids to talk to one another with purpose.
In my classroom, I use a variety of tools to get kids talking to one another such as sentence frames and Think, Pair, Share. One strategy that I like to use with students is Lines of Communication.
During Lines of Communication, students sit in two rows facing one another. Students take turns being the one who talks or the one who listens.
In the picture above, one student is asking a survey question and recording the data. That student will go down the line after my prompt to do so and ask the question of each person down the row. The other side will respond to the different survey questions. The next day, we switch roles. I like when I am able to participate in the Lines of Communication because it gives me an opportunity to hear my students ask questions and to listen more attentively to the responses. This strategy has been very effective in getting everyone to participate.
My biggest take away from this section was that we need to embed purposeful talk into the day; 21st century learning. A quiet classroom does not necessarily mean that children are learning.
I am a visual learner. I tend to learn better if I can see it and do it rather than just talk about it. In my classroom, I try to incorporate art (and crafts) into my lessons as an extension of our learning.
Here are a few examples of how I use art in my classroom to foster learning.
For this lesson, students drew their own Pete the Cat subtraction stories.
Here we integrated art and technology using Chatter Pix. This one is one of my favorites!
My biggest take away from this strategy is that when children "play - draw, dance, and sing-" they are growing dendrites. Isn't this what kindergarten is all about!? Kindergarten should be more about play and less about testing.
Looking forward to learning more.