Ponder: Monitoring of progress in my GAME Plans
Goal one: To create a classroom website with a blog attached to increase parent communication.
This past week I downloaded a test assignment, emailed myself, and added a important classroom date to the calendar. I find the website somewhat difficult to navigate, but appreciate that you can contact them and get help. I am still working on my parent email list, and separating out my different classes. I did find out that the blog portion of my website will not be available for sometime, as it is currently not a feature, but will be by the next school year. I have learned that having a GAME Plan takes time and will not happen over night. My next steps are to finish my list and get parent input.
Goal two: Through the Wax Museum project I will model for my students how to research on the internet, site their resources appropriately, and give credit for others thoughts.
This past week the students received their Wax Museum persona and I showed students how to use student friendly search engines like http://www.kidrex.org/ or http://www.safesearchkids.com/ to find resources. I assigned that they find two resources over spring break and bring back the appropriate URL for the site. I am learning with fourth graders that I need to take this research assignment one step at a time and be very clear about steps to proper citation. I am still working on my lesson plans and want to gear it towards the URL the students bring me. So far I have no questions regarding this GAME Plan and am excited to get this project moving.