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  • Kate Hall commented on the post, At the End of the Day…, on the site Wonder 1 year, 6 months ago

    No, but what a great resource!

  • Kate Hall posted a new activity comment 2 years, 5 months ago

    I loved this! I grew up in Bandung until I was 19 and have such fond memories of Indonesia. I love reading your posts. Also, I love the use of visuals. Such sweet pictures.

  • Today I had a profound realization. My students here in Saudi Arabia have been blogging all year with students in a small town in Minnesota in the U.S.A. It has been amazing because they are discovering that they […]

  • Kate Hall posted a new activity comment 3 years, 5 months ago

    Wendy, thank you for your thoughts! Yes, the reflection was included in the portfolio. As a parent, I think that is the part I would want to see the most! I find that students are often more vulnerable in a video because it is easy to just talk then it is to write. That is why I think a video reflection put into the portfolio would be so neat! Can…[Read more]

  • Kate Hall posted a new activity comment 3 years, 5 months ago

    I am excited to see the portfolios grow with the students as they move through their grades. I am glad this was helpful Angela! It really is worth all the time and effort- though honestly it doesn’t take that much once the ball is rolling!

  • Kate Hall posted a new activity comment 3 years, 5 months ago

    Thank you Chrissy! You have been the best! You are amazingly helpful and I love your ideas and comments. Thank you for all you do to make us better teachers!

  • Kate Hall posted a new activity comment 3 years, 5 months ago

    This is a wonderful project! I loved hearing how much the students LOVED publishing their work online for the world to see… famous! Your project was well laid out and it looks like the programs you used worked well for what you were trying to do. Well done!

    • Thanks so much Kate. It’s really nice to hear such good feedback! The kids sure did love it so I’d highly recommend doing something similar.

  • Kate Hall posted a new activity comment 3 years, 6 months ago

    Amanda, thank you for your reply! I love having the students write the letter because it also shows the parents where the students are at in the journey of learning how to write formally. Also, the students are now USING their rubrics before turning in their assignments! Because we spent so much time working through them in class, they see how…[Read more]

  • Kate Hall posted a new activity comment 3 years, 6 months ago

    This was amazing! The QR code idea was genius, what an amazing way for the viewers to interact with the art. I also love the idea that the art would live on through digital media. I am already thinking of ways to use this in my class… Very well done!

  • Kate Hall posted a new activity comment 3 years, 6 months ago

    Thanks for your feedback Morgan! This is the fourth year I have done online portfolios and it really is great. The main thing is to have a good structure in place. The first year we just “experimented” with whatever online platform we wanted and it was kind of a disaster. No one knew what was required or what to do. Also, it is harder for teachers…[Read more]

  • Kate Hall posted a new activity comment 3 years, 6 months ago

    This is such an excellent video! I am just about to begin Book Clubs and I really needed some new ideas. I appreciated you adding the standards and how you actually made this all happen. I am impressed by how your video covered all your based- very well done!

    • Hi Kate,
      Glad you got some fresh ideas. I love book clubs in general so to take it to another level was a big reward for me. Good luck with yours.

  • Kate Hall posted a new activity comment 3 years, 6 months ago

    I am so impressed with the set up of this unit. I let my 8th graders use it once and it turned out well, but I really love the idea of having everyone use it as a unit. It was so sweet to see your students reflecting about what they liked! I have a question about how you made your iMovie. How did you do the typing at the beginning and how did you…[Read more]

    • Hi Kate, it has been an interesting learning curve for me. I can really see the potential for MinecraftEdu in the primary classroom. For the student footage I filmed them in front of a green screen (which was just a piece of green fabric stapled to the wall display). I then used the ‘greenscreen’ function in iMovie. The typing at the beginning was…[Read more]

  • Kate Hall posted a new activity comment 3 years, 6 months ago

    Oh, and you may find the site I made helpful for teachers who are starting their blogs. It includes the Standards covered with blogging and how to set up Privacy Setting. http://kha571.wix.com/blog2grow

  • Kate Hall posted a new activity comment 3 years, 6 months ago

    I absolutely love your post and your blog! I presented this at NESA in Bangkok last week and the title was: Blogging Bravely and it was all about how to create a blogging community. I wish I could have showed them your video! I am very passionate about this subject and I really appreciated how you broke down the most important aspects of why…[Read more]

  • The Grand Finale! My project was on creating student led-conferences with online portfolios. This was a huge undertaking and I learned a great deal that will hopefully help other teachers as they begin. Was it […]

    • Hi Kate,

      I loved your idea of online portfolios to accompany student led conferences. My school has been using student led conferences as our second official conference of the school year for the past 7 years, and I believe that this is such a meaningful opportunity for students to show off their learning and for parents to sit and hear about their child, straight from the horse’s mouth (so to speak).

      Moving away from a traditional paper portfolio to an online one makes a lot of sense to me and I loved the tips you provided for success (especially starting early, trying to align what’s in the portfolio to demonstrate growth and getting admin on board). The online portfolio would prevent information from disappearing from year to year, and starting early with admin support, would allow for that reflection time to happen consistently throughout the year, instead of a crazy week or two before conferences of pulling work and reflecting weeks (or even months) after the assignment has been completed.

      This is definitely an idea I will be discussing with admin as we meet over the next couple weeks and begin planning next year.

      Thanks for sharing your idea and your experience!

      • Thanks for your feedback Morgan! This is the fourth year I have done online portfolios and it really is great. The main thing is to have a good structure in place. The first year we just “experimented” with whatever online platform we wanted and it was kind of a disaster. No one knew what was required or what to do. Also, it is harder for teachers who don’t as much online, like math and science. But if they know what is expected then they can take pictures to upload. I hope it goes well!

    • Hi Kate, I think it’s great that you have made it easy for your students to have successful student-led conferences. Asking the students to write a letter to their parents is such a great way to make them feel ownership of the event.
      Using rubrics for portfolios is a brilliant idea- I might try to adapt it for my Grade 5 students.
      Thanks for sharing so many great ideas!
      Amanda

      • Amanda, thank you for your reply! I love having the students write the letter because it also shows the parents where the students are at in the journey of learning how to write formally. Also, the students are now USING their rubrics before turning in their assignments! Because we spent so much time working through them in class, they see how important the rubric is. Thanks for reading!

    • Each year I’ve taught in an elementary classroom, my students have participated in Student Led conferences, but when my own children moved to middle school that all went by the wayside. Boo hoo šŸ™ I love the idea of digital portfolios that can move with the students (especially as I pack up my life to move back to the desert). I am eager to share your project with the MS team to keep SLCs moving in a more meaningful way in the middle school!

      • I am excited to see the portfolios grow with the students as they move through their grades. I am glad this was helpful Angela! It really is worth all the time and effort- though honestly it doesn’t take that much once the ball is rolling!

    • I love that you combined student-led conferences with online portfolios! Seeing your project, this combination just seems so natural, yet none of the schools I’ve worked at have yet moved in this direction. The reflection piece seems so natural. Will the reflection be included in the online portfolios? If you move to a video reflection (like you mentioned) it would be interesting for students to keep these in the online portfolio so they can have a record of the growth here as well.

      • Wendy, thank you for your thoughts! Yes, the reflection was included in the portfolio. As a parent, I think that is the part I would want to see the most! I find that students are often more vulnerable in a video because it is easy to just talk then it is to write. That is why I think a video reflection put into the portfolio would be so neat! Can you imagine if they got to watch those reflection videos in 12th grade? I wish I had that experience!

    • Thank you Chrissy! You have been the best! You are amazingly helpful and I love your ideas and comments. Thank you for all you do to make us better teachers!

  • Kate Hall posted a new activity comment 3 years, 6 months ago

    I know how frustrating it is when you don’t have the support that is needed to do something that you know will benefit your students. I am glad you are still going for it and I look forward to hearing the final product!

  • Kate Hall posted a new activity comment 3 years, 6 months ago

    I really think this is an excellent project and I am curious how it is going? What platform did you decide to use for your books? Is there a way they can make sure all of their facts are correct before publishing? Perhaps a peer review say would be helpful. I would love to see a final project on this! Excellent work!

    • Thanks for your feedback. I dropped off the grid due to major internet issues in Ethiopia. I decided to use Google slides, but to format the slideshow to have the dimensions of A4 paper. All of our student shave Google docs, which simplified things. For authentic assessment, he books have been sent to a school in Cairo and one in Kuwait, where…[Read more]

  • Kate Hall wrote a new post, Linking Arms, on the site Wonder 3 years, 6 months ago

    At the NESA Conference in BangkokĀ @rickwormeli2Ā gave an incredible talk that had us laughing, singing, and nodding in agreement. He told the story about how teachers, parents, and other leaders in the community s […]

  • Kate Hall posted a new activity comment 3 years, 7 months ago

    Nicky,
    Thank you for your feedback! It is already going better than last year, so that is encouraging. I have found that giving students surveys often helps them feel heard and eliminates any frustration that may be quietly building. I love the idea of student-led conferences and I am certainly learning a great deal!

  • I had several teachers ask me about why we student-led conferences. Having students lead their end-of-the-year parent conferences gives them a voice. It also gives them ownership of their work and the space to […]

    • Hi Kate,
      What a great way to incorporate student ideas into what they want to show and how they want to do it. Teachers understand that students need to be invested in their lessons, but also for conferences! Having made these choices, your students will feel even more responsible for their learning and presentation to their parents. I’m sure your conferences will turn out wonderfully.
      Nicky

      • Nicky,
        Thank you for your feedback! It is already going better than last year, so that is encouraging. I have found that giving students surveys often helps them feel heard and eliminates any frustration that may be quietly building. I love the idea of student-led conferences and I am certainly learning a great deal!

    • I too have had this kind of experience with SLC, but have been fortunate enough to also have the student involved and committed and all parties were amazed that time around! We used videos to show students what it can look like and really gave practice and guidance for reflective talk.

      One time I felt especially successful was when we stopped framing the kids work by ‘subject’ and started framing it be qualities. As teachers, we required students to choose something that showed that they were reflective or that they had been persistent, etc. Having the students see their work through those eyes rather than ‘growth in math’, ‘improvement as a writer’, etc. helped add incredible depth to their involvement.

    • Kate,
      Great post! Student buy in is crucial, and students have a tendency to view SLCs and portfolios as busy work– especially the reflections. I have two ideas that may help (though it sounds like you have everything pretty well under control). 1) Require students to chose two things that show growth, like a pre-assessment and a summative assessment. This makes the reflection process more meaningful. 2) Because students get sick of reflecting (especially when they have to write many reflections in a short period of time, as they prepare their portfolios), give them flexibility on how they reflect. As I mentioned before, video reflections are cool. I once asked my students to make animoto video reflections. Some of them were pretty cool!

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