My 7th grade Reading students and I are featured in a recent article in Edutopia, “High Tech Reflection Strategies Make Learning Stick.” The article is about the power of getting students to honestly reflect on their learning using new technology tools, like weblogs and podcasts. Sam, one of my 8th grade students from last year, was also interviewed for the article. Sam is one of a few student bloggers from last year who have continued to blog on the blogs we set up in my Language Arts classroom.
Here’s a quote from the article from one of my current 7th grade students reflecting on how her attitude toward writing has changed this year: “Before I started this class, writing was my enemy, but now I like writing. Writing all this makes me feel that I know more.”
In other developments, my 7th grade Reading class is finishing up production on their claymation projects. Check out the first completed film from Anthony and Jonathan, “Super Dude and the Plot Diagram.” This week, students will complete their claymations, embed them into their blogs, and then write reflections about the whole process.