"This is really extending our brains!" Those are just a few words that can be heard when the students in our classroom are working collaboratively with a hands-on project. The perseverance, teamwork, and dedication that our students put into each project is astounding for a kindergarten classroom.
We are a classroom full of 21st century learners eager to expand our knowledge base in order to allow each member of our classroom community to explore their world with confidence and a solid sense of self.
The students in our classroom come with diverse background knowledge which enhances our classroom community through rich dialogue with both peers and adults in our school.
Our class is in need of an easel and document camera to use during writer's workshop mini-lessons, Fundations lessons, and so much more. As a first year kindergarten teacher, I am highly aware of the importance of sharing student work examples and student learning through teacher modeling. Both the document camera and easel can be used for a multitude of lessons and activities in our classroom.
Our class is full of visual learners who thrive on observing examples of work from their peers, following step-by-step visual directions, and participating in teacher led think-alouds during mini-lessons.
By using a document camera students can observe their peers work while the easel will allow for more effective teacher modeling during mini-lessons. It will also allow for explicit teaching of magnetic Fundations letters and sounds as our students work hard to become better readers and writers in kindergarten.
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