K1PA has been talking about what it means to be 'balanced'. They thought carefully and said that it is when we spend time doing all the activities that happen in school and don't spend too much time on just one activity.

The computer is a fun center for everyone, but it can be easy to get carried away and sit there for a very long time. We realized that this is not balanced. So, to help everyone be more balanced when using the computer, Miss Pana decided we could work together in pairs and use some data handling skills! A sheet of paper with everyone's name and ten circles under it is placed next to the computer. Only two children are allowed to go on the computer at a time. One child gets to do the activity on the computer but only gets ten tries. His or her partner then has to monitor and cross out one circle every time a turn is taken. When someone has had ten tries, they swap places. After both children are done, they must get up and go choose another task. Another way we did this was by using tally marks and drawing a line each time a turn was taken. After ten lines they had to swap (this was still a little hard for some but it was good practice!) The children did a great job monitoring each other!

Teaching Ted (Through Interactive Writing)

Meet Ted, our K1 bear who is not very well behaved. He has been seen doing things that children shouldn't be doing in school such as opening up everyone's school bags and going to the playground all by himself! Well, K1 decided that we ought to teach him a little bit about the Learner Profile, so we are making a book together to help him become a better bear.

This week we worked on the page teaching Ted to be 'balanced'. Together we thought of the words that should go on the page and Miss Pana drew a line for each word. Then we decided together what should go in the picture so that Ted understood what being balanced meant. Finally, we worked together to write the words in on each line. Some children helped out by writing some initial sounds of words that they could recognize. Others remembered that the words could be found in places such as the page before (for the world 'Ted' and 'the') and we looked at those pages to help us remember how to spell these words.

Next week we are going to teach Ted to be 'reflective'!

What is Interactive Writing?

Interactive writing is a time when the class learns writing skills together and they take part in the process of creating a collaborative piece of writing. Another main aspect is that the entire writing process is guided.

Interactive writing...
  • Allows children to see the process of writing
  • Can be used to model a text structure
  • Shares the teacher's pen with the children
  • Can serve as exemplars and checklists for our own writing
During this particular piece, all the children reinforced the idea that writers are like teachers and sometimes writers write teaching books. They were exposed to the idea of a "word" by drawing the lines to represent each word and seeing spaces between them. Then as we figured out what cluster of letters went on each line they pulled on strategies such as initial sounds. Finally, they thought carefully about how to match a picture to the words and to see how we could best draw images to illustrate our message.



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