It ain’t easy being a teacher out there in March. I pride our classroom in cultivating independent and motivated learners, but sometimes it takes a little more motivation from me to keep students focused. I am not a teacher that makes student pull their clip down or pull cards when they are not focused. Most of the time I handle issues one on one with the student, and I really don’t have to concern the parents. I feel like most parents of ten year olds appreciate this, as do their not so little ones.
By ten years old, I believe students need to be responsible for their decisions. However, sometimes it is necessary to document behaviors in the classroom and bring these behaviors to the parent’s attention. So how do we keep up with and simplify this process in the digital world?
While working in small group today, I noticed a group of students that OBVIOUSLY were not studying vocabulary and were not having a constructive conversation (one that helps others in some way or gives clarification). After, refocusing the group a few times from afar (where I was teaching my small group), I told them to each tell me what was going on in Showbie.
I knew my Showbie account had a file from the day I missed school due to my daughter’s illness. This file would allow students to communicate with me without others seeing what they were saying. They communicated to me through this file, and I quickly got to the bottom of what was going on.
In this small group one of my students was looking up football players instead of studying, I had him document what he was doing, what he should of been doing, and included evidence in a Pages document on his iPad. He then submitted this file to Showbie. Now, I can send this file to his mother or provide documentation of what he is doing during independent work.
Now, I can manage students and communicate with them from afar, I have documentation of incidents in the classroom, and students are MORE responsible for their ACTIONS and their learning.