Welcome back to a new school year! Yes, I know it's almost November, but with the new secretary position, I hadn't had a chance to get caught up until now! Thank you for being patient with me! So along with the new secretary job, I am still the media/tech, however now we have two days a week of awesomeness! On Thursdays we have makerspace or coding activities, and on Fridays we do typing and technology. It has been exciting to have an afternoon of makerspace/coding added to the curriculum, and the kids are loving it! Since I am so far behind though, I will try to catch you up in a couple of posts.
First, a HUGE thank you to Mrs. Walker and Mrs. Z for the Otter Box grant they scored last year...thanks to them, we have a library filled with brand new tables and chairs and it looks great! The dry erase table tops are a huge hit with the kids too!
We kicked off our first week of school by learning about digital citizenship and internet safety. We watched a video and then had a wonderful discussion about keeping ourselves safe. The kids were really involved in the discussion and had a lot of questions. Please continue the conversations at home, occasionally check their browser history and be aware of what and who they are communicating with online. Computers are wonderful tools, but kids can sometimes be targets, and it is our job to keep them safe!
The second week of school, the makerspace activity was to build a structure out of newspaper. However, there was a catch, after being allowed 3 minutes of discussion and planning with their teammates, they had to create the building without talking.....what?!? This took them by surprise and was quite difficult for most of them. But then, that was the point of the activity. How well did they prepare, and did they work well together. Collaborating as a team is something we are really striving for.
The task was a little too difficult for the K/1 class so instead they decided to build bridges...through the entire library! :)
I love their creative troubleshooting here! And they really had a great time and learned a lot about teamwork and sharing. What a great activity! We might come back to this later in the year to try again...now that the kids know what to expect they can work together to improve their designs and ideas!
I hope you enjoyed taking a peek at our August activities! My next post will share our September fun! Thanks for stopping by!
I will be blogging about our weekly adventures in Media and Technology, so be sure to visit often! We're always doing something cool! :)