Working with students in the Gifted Education program, my biggest goal is to stretch their thinking! Many of these students are used to getting all the answers right without putting forth a great deal of effort. I plan to change that! I want my students to explore challenging possibilities!
Small groups of 3rd, 4th, and 5th grade students (many of whom are like the description above) come to me for enrichment several times a week.
My students are curious learners who ask lots of questions! I see that as a good thing (even when it sometimes drives me crazy). Asking questions means they want to know more and are always learning!
I want to bring play back to my classroom, but in a different way. Using workbooks is not the most interesting way to learn and practice vocabulary words or number skills. I have found a way to do these things and more using Osmo, a unique gaming system for the iPad. This is a way for students to learn and play using hands-on educational technology. When connected to an iPad, the Osmo encourages interaction, collaboration, thinking, and learning!
Our class has been given an Osmo but now we need an iPad to go with it.
Using the Osmo activities with a class iPad will help me challenge students who are used to doing well in school without really feeling the need to try very hard. Those are the students I want to challenge and push! Using the Osmo activities along with our class iPad will help me do that. We will use the class iPad for other activities too, but having an Osmo and no way to use it for learning is the pressing need right now.
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