During this past week, my students started DARE. Each Monday, a DARE officer will join our class. This will take place every Monday over the next ten weeks.
We also started diving into our first unit, Steps to Respect. In this unit, we focus on students developing group work skills. This is a great way to start the year as students in my class complete group work all the time. Students will also learn more about preventing bullying, resolving conflict, and working together.
Students this week spent quite a bit of time getting to know their iPads. We practiced sending emails, creating collages of photos (which they set as their lock screen), and we even made an Educreations presentation in groups during class on Thursday and Friday. Here is an example of their work on Educreations. I only expect them to get better as the year goes on.
During this week, students are going to use the website phrase.it to create comics about bullying in order to put themselves in the perspectives of others. They will also be using Pic Collage to create a collage of pictures and words that represents them. By creating this web, students will learn about how their personality traits, interests, and family shape their perspective and get the opportunity to see how different the perspectives are in our classroom.