We’ve got an amazing year planned for our incoming 3rd graders! Our theme this year will be “Community Commitment - What does it mean to be part of a community?” We’ll explore this question through a variety of authentic, project-based learning experiences. My hope is students will gain a fundamental understanding, meaning, and value, of what it means to be part of several communities - the classroom, school, local, national, and global.
It’s my belief students can learn their ABC’s through the lens of project-based, authentic learning. Not only will they learn to read and write, but they’ll do so in a manner that contributes to making our communities a better place to be. They’ll explore, investigate, and analyze challenge problems, and critique, revise, and reflect through these community projects. When students have voice and choice in their learning, and they understand the audience is not just the teacher, I’ve found students learn best and are truly invested when they see real value in the work expected of them.
When you combine authentic learning with technology, we redefine the possibilities of learning experiences. In our room, technology is only a tool. Technology does not teach our students, it simply opens new doors and connects us to the world, and allows students to make their learning visual. Our goal is to transform our students from consumers of content to producers of content.
We use devices (iPads, laptops, & mobile) to make their innovative ideas come to life be creating, publishing, raising awareness, seeking answers to questions, and making a difference, just to name a few. For example, see the work my class did last year for the Milliken Mills walking trails in OOB. Additionally, we use technology to connect with classrooms around the world with Google Hangouts & Twitter. For example, we’ll be working with classrooms from The Americas (South, Middle & North) on a global literacy project that will expose your child to different cultural experience that will allow students to learn from students around the world.
We are roughly 10 iPads short of making our room 1:1 for all children. Because we aren’t quite there, students can bring a device from home. I highly recommend the iPad as device of choice. If you chose to let your child bring their own device, please click here and download the AUP. You will need to sign this for them to bring their device to school. Please have device in a case.
My cell is below. Feel free to call or text anytime. I can’t wait to see you all when school starts Monday, August 31st!
PS - Parents, please click here with your child to watch an important video message from me to your kiddos! At the end of the video, I tell students they can call me next Monday or Tuesday, from 8am-4pm. My cell is 632-2668. Hope to hear from them! :)
See you soon,
Billy Corcoran aka Mr. C
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