Target 3. Flexible Learning Environments – FWSU will maximize flexible learning environments by redefining the school day, promoting learning experiences that extend beyond the school classroom, and fostering creativity, innovation, and differentiated learning opportunities for all.
Action Step – Increase access to resources for all students using digital tools making learning more accessible for diverse learners.
Through the collaborative efforts of classroom teacher Tracey Godin and Librologist Emily DiGiulio, fourth grade students are using an online educational blogging site as a means to share their thoughts as a member of a book club.
The students also use the following list of norms to guide their interactions:
- Use great listening skills
- Use great discussions
- Don’t interrupt
- Don’t be a “conversation hog”
- THINK! Go deep!
- It’s okay to piggyback
- Share your background knowledge
- You must read/keep up
- You must “hold” your thinking (stickies, bookmarks) and come prepared.
- You must bring a book.
The book clubs are student-run literature discussions based upon the groups chosen book. They talk, listen, share, connect, write, and summarize their current reading. This allows them to see a “bigger picture” and find a “deeper meaning” as they listen and share with one another.
Before they selected their books, the class learned about blogging, what it means to be a digital citizen, and how to share a good comment on the blog – one that is positive, constructive, and connective.
The blog encourages every student to participate and contribute their ideas to the group discussion. It is one more way that digital tools are enhancing student learning at FES, as we teach students to be responsible in their use of technology.