The learners love it!! Wow I was so proud of how engaged the learners were when using the blog. They had the ability to drive their own learning and make choices of the books their were going to read and the biggest noticing I had while the learners were recording their stories was that it was working towards the "threefer" that I have mentioned in previous posts. The learners had to focus on elements of reading as well as elements of writing while uploading this blog post.
One of my next big steps that I will be bringing in will be genres of stories. This I feel is a very easy transition to the task. The learners were also able to reflect on the story as well as their own role as the reader. How could they make it more engaging for their listeners? Was the text visible and clear for the audience to read along with them?
The learner's feedback said they really enjoyed it but there was a lot to do in this blog post so instead of it being a reflection part at the end of the session it is almost two separate sessions. This feedback from the learners has got me thinking about sequential elements to my tool that make up a whole week of learning. For example:
1. Intentional teacher workshop learning about the different reading strategies
2. Working on the activities on the website to practise the reading strategies
3. Recording your book to upload to the blog
4. Writing the blog post including reading strategies, feedback and book genres
I really do feel like this year has been a bit of a whirlwind and like Anne always tells me - try to funnel my vision (which I find very tricky). Term 3 has been a great term where I feel like I have got a lot of traction with my tool as well as feedback from learners and teachers. I really do see it all coming together now.
Although we do not know what the future holds I feel we have to attempt to understand what qualities and skills will be needed/desired to be successful adults: creative, risk takers who can self regulate and adapt to a changing environment (with confidence or resilience?). - That's my thoughts anyways. Helping children to accept and understand what ‘comfortable with being uncomfortable so you are prepared for anything’ means.