2. Notes from Students
|With the dropbox our school uses you can see the student’s name and the time/day when they turned in their work which is very helpful!|
Technology is pretty amazing. One of my favorite things about teaching first grade is after being away, for a conference or being sick, I am welcomed back with many “I miss you notes.” I still get those handwritten notes but I am loving that even on a day when I am not at school physically I can still communicate with my students via dropbox. Above, one of my students wrote me this note while I was away, screenshot it, and turned it in via dropbox…all on her own! No assignment was even given! It is hard to believe that a 7 year old can do this all on her own!
When being absent I have also given assignments to students to tell me what they learned in math or reading that day…again I can check it, grade it, and send it back to students all on that day that I am out of the building. Pretty fantastic if you ask me!
I thought the Wordle Amanda and Stacia created for each student looked super cute and like something my first graders would love as well. We have used “wordle” many times throughout the year and I knew it was something my they can do independently. Students typed the things that they “will always remember from first grade.” Their lists included: field trips, activities, programs, subjects, names of teachers, specials and many more things we did throughout the school year. Once they finished typing they got 2 minutes to choose the fonts and colors they wanted to use. Then, students turned things in via dropbox and I printed them all out. Next, I taped their wordles onto constuction paper and laminated each copy. They loved them and were so excited they got to keep their very own!
I love Pinterest. There are so many great ideas floating out there and Pinterest gives individuals an easy way to organize them. I found these awhile back, pinned it, and they were there for me when I was ready to use them! I mean really, how cute are these? The end of the year is crazy and super busy this is an easy gift to give students that they are very excited about. To get this freebie head over to Classroom DIY by clicking here!
We did it-we made it! We are o.f.f.i.c.i.a.l.l.y. finished with our school year! It is hard to believe. This year got started slowly but came rolling quickly to an end. I will be excited to see all of our friends come back as 2nd graders next year!