#ClasskickChat

#ClasskickChat Recap: Back-to-School Resources

 
#ClasskickChat November 1, 2016
 

Find resources to help you, your students, and your colleagues begin school with a positive mindset, support their transition into a new school year, and prepare them for fall learning. Are there certain videos, lesson plans, activities, or other resources  that you use to reduce stress, promote healthy eating, and complete homework? Share them with the Classkick community!

 

How do you communicate standards to your students and parents?

This was the premise for our Tuesday, September 6th #ClasskickChat. Here's how the conversation started:

 
 
Classkick @Classkick Q1: What academic standards do you use, and how do you communicate them to parents and students? #ClasskickChat
 
Laura Litton @LauraLitton A1: I always like the Teaching Channel's videos on how to share Common Core with your students.
 
Laura Litton @LauraLitton A1: And I know Common Core itself put out information "parents should know" but do you adapt it? #ClasskickChat
 
Beth Ferguson @algebrasfriend @Classkick I am in TX - we use state standards (TEKS)
 
Beth Ferguson @algebrasfriend @Classkick + depending on the type of lesson (direct, discovery, etc). I put lessons on my website for students and parents
 
Beth Ferguson @algebrasfriend @Classkick + in weekly emails to parents I describe briefly what we are learning - I don't send them standards, but paraphrase broadly.
 
 

Though we are using different standards around the country (and world), we work to find ways to make them approachable for our students and their parents. 

 

How do we respond when students struggle back-to-school?

 
 
Classkick @Classkick Q2: How do you respond if or when children struggle in class in those first days back? #ClasskickChat
 
Laura Litton @LauraLitton A2: I've been really interested in the resources that @ClassDojo has been putting out - especially around making mistakes #ClasskickChat
 
Laura Litton @LauraLitton A2: "The Magic of Mistakes" is a great title for introducing students to positive and beneficial struggles
 
 

Using great resources, like "The Magic of Mistakes" put out by ClassDojo allow us to gently re-introduce students to the expectations of school and assure them that mistakes happen, and need to happen, so we can learn! 

 

The conversation then shifted to the creativity being introduced in the first few weeks of school: 

 
 
Classkick @Classkick Q3: How are creativity and innovative thinking used on a daily basis in your classroom?
 
Laura Litton @LauraLitton A3: I loved brainstorming open-ended projects in the first few weeks back to school with students.
 
Laura Litton @LauraLitton A3: Anything they thought about during the summer or wondered that they were interested in learning this school year #ClasskickChat
 
 

We challenge students to really consider how their unanswered questions from the summer or previous years could turn into new projects for this school year. 

 

If students are coming to us with questions about the world, how can we help them?

Here's what the Classkick community thought:

 
 
Classkick @Classkick Q4: How do you ask parents to support literacy (or your content area) at home?
 
Laura Litton @LauraLitton A4: We definitely ran with the Pizza Hut/Book It Campaign to get students reading with their parents. #ClasskickChat
 
Laura Litton @LauraLitton A4: And we asked all teachers to introduce their students to a reading log that their parents had to sign each evening. #ClasskickChat
 
Laura Litton @LauraLitton A4: I think it worked better for some students and families than others, but the expectation has to be set for the school. #ClasskickChat
 
Laura Litton @LauraLitton A4: I like sharing Reading Rocket tips with parents to help them get started reading to their children.
 
 

With a variety of methods, we try to strengthen the school-home bond as the school year starts out. With that strong partnership, we can encourage students and their families to read outside of school. 

 

The last question asked for a deeper dive into our classrooms and how we help students discuss current events with each other:

 
 
Classkick @Classkick Q6: How is learning personalized in your classroom?
 
Laura Litton @LauraLitton A5: I think the first part of personalized learning in my classroom was always that students were learning from each other. #ClasskickChat
 
Laura Litton @LauraLitton A5: I think the first part of personalized learning in my classroom was always that students were learning from each other. #ClasskickChat
 
Laura Litton @LauraLitton A5: But more than that, when students were the explainers - they learned more and they explained concepts differently #ClasskickChat
 
Laura Litton @LauraLitton A5: But more than that, when students were the explainers - they learned more and they explained concepts differently #ClasskickChat
 
 

See you next month - Tuesday, October 4th - at 5pm Central. Join our Facebook community to continue the discussion beyond Twitter and to view monthly topics and discussion questions.