Rebecca at Create*Teach*Share is hosting a Linky Party about the use of Post-its in the classroom. She is giving away a boat-load of Post-its, and who doesn't need Post-its?
I wanted to create an authentic purpose and audience for my second grade beginning writers. I had spent the summer learning about Twitter and Facebook and thought it would be neat if the kids could have some way to express themselves and have others react but I knew we didn't have the technology or permission to put our kiddos on Twitter. Hence...Quacker was born hatched.
I created an interactive board outside of my classroom door attaching paper and border using a hot glue gun. :$
I slipped a Post-it pad on the top and Velcroed a marker to the wall. I wrote the first post to get everyone started and sent an email to the staff encouraging them and their kids to leave us a note.
I also posted a reminder to encourage more participation.
My second grade students loved returning from lunch and special each day to read the quacks. Our principal and our superintendent left a Quack and the kids felt like they were famous!
It was a wonderful springboard for Writer's Workshop. I encouraged my reluctant writers to "Quack." Once their Quack was on the board I would have a staff member or former student respond to their Quack with a question or comment. Soon, they had a mini conversation that very easily turned into a personal narrative.
Low tech, low budget, but high on function. Have you Quacked today?
September 2011 will begin my tenth year of teaching AND a new position as the Teacher of Writing for our K-4 school. Prior to that I was a classroom teacher in second and third grade. Welcome to my journey.