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Tanya LeClair

  • Hi everyone! Welcome to COETAIL! My name is Tanya LeClair and I am delighted to work with you throughout […]

  • Who else remembers being 6 years old and waking up super early in the morning to watch cartoons? If you’re like me it was the Smurfs, He-Man, and She-Ra. My brother and I would happily sit in front of the TV u […]

  • Who else remembers being 6 years old and waking up super early in the morning to watch cartoons? If you’re like me it was the Smurfs, He-Man, and She-Ra. My brother and I would happily sit in front of the TV u […]

  • Tanya LeClair posted a new activity comment 2 years, 9 months ago

    Hey Jodee sorry for the late reply! The illustrations took a few periods for sure but it was worth it. They really loved being able to import their own art and showcase it for family, peers, and global friends in other classes.

  • Tanya LeClair posted a new activity comment 2 years, 9 months ago

    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.

  • Tanya LeClair posted a new activity comment 2 years, 9 months ago

    This is a late reply but…..Thanks so much Megan! It’s been great following you on Twitter and I look forward to sharing more in the future.

  • Well folks….I am finished with my COETAIL course 5 project and here it is!

    I decided to work with my Grade 3 class on Digital Storytelling with a focus on imagined narratives about our Solar System. It fit […]

    • 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.

    • Love this Tanya! Seeing your story with your own writing and illustrations had to be so cool for the students. It’s great that you can make it so global using KidBlog. Did the illustrations take a long time?

      • Hey Jodee sorry for the late reply! The illustrations took a few periods for sure but it was worth it. They really loved being able to import their own art and showcase it for family, peers, and global friends in other classes.

  • You might be asking yourself, “what on Earth does a banana piano have to do with education? and how does one even make a banana piano?”

    Well…..I would have asked the same question before beginning COETAIL and […]

    • I love the banana piano, and also what a great idea to record the video for a Mystery Skype. I can’t tell you how many times my class couldn’t do it because of time difference. It also helps throw students off for locating the other school based on the time of day you Skype (I’ve had some bright students rule out countries based on this!). Thanks for sharing, it’s awesome to see how much COETAIL has changed your approach and teaching practices.

      Cheers,
      Megan

    • This is a late reply but…..Thanks so much Megan! It’s been great following you on Twitter and I look forward to sharing more in the future.

  • Tanya LeClair posted a new activity comment 2 years, 12 months ago

    Yes I totally know what you mean Verena. I think that changed for me when I started entering chats. It creates connections and reasons to participate!

  • Hello, it’s me
    I was wondering if after all these months you’d like to tweet…..

    OK….im no Adele but I sure have loved growing my PLN through various social media platforms since beginning COETAIL. Most pre […]

    • Yes, Twitter definitely was a game changer for me as well. Unfortunately I don’t check it as much as I would like to. It also can take all your time if you aren’t selective. Sometimes I need a focus just to make it meaningful and not just to scroll down. You know what I mean?

      • Yes I totally know what you mean Verena. I think that changed for me when I started entering chats. It creates connections and reasons to participate!

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    It’s been an up and down process trying to get my ideas and resources together for the final project. I had some different ideas while still doing course 4 that I wasn’t sure about and figured that as I […]

  • Tanya LeClair posted a new activity comment 3 years, 2 months ago

    HI Christy! I like both of your ideas and have been thinking of doing minecraft in my class for quite some time as well. It hasn’t been a possibility yet because my school hasn’t purchased it but I will continue to pursue it! I also like that you are thinking of creating books with Book Creator. I haven’t used that app yet but I am wondering if…[Read more]

    • Hi Tanya,
      Great idea and opportunity to add global collaboration into the project. I love it! Let’s keep in touch because my students will be writing/ making the books regardless. I’ll look into the possibility of sharing from within the app, but if I choose this project as my final project for COETAIL (which is looking very likely because of…[Read more]

    • Hi Tanya,

      We have ALMOST finished writing and uploading all of our books and videos. Would your class still be interested in reading and reviewing them? They are all in Google Drive and I can share the link with you–let me know!

  • When I started trying to think of a final project for course 5 there wasn’t one thing that really popped out yet as a definite choice (but I made this silly picture anyway). There have been moments when I have […]

    • You have two really good options, Tanya and it’s obvious you have thought through both carefully. I love your ASA option, but I just wonder if you will really have enough time with the kids in that setting to get all the documentation you would need to create your video and actual final project. Seems like you might, and if your ASA is a smaller number of students than your regular class, that might help with the individual attention aspect as well. Good luck with whichever option you choose!

  • SO this week I reflected on how I am using technology in my classroom. In a previous post I thought about the SAMR model and came to the conclusion that I do things in my classroom that fall under each section of […]

    • Hi Tanya,

      I love the way you use technology in your classroom. It helps to inspire me to make more of an effort to do the same. The main issue I face is the age of my students and their lack of daily exposure to devices.

      I love using Reading A-Z as an online tool for my students. It’s great being able to have the students record themselves reading it and sending it to me. This gives me more time to listen and assess them individually. In regards to Kidblog, would it be user-friendly enough for First grade students?

      What I am most interested in is Plickers. I have never heard of it, but it sounds amazing. I always do whole class activities on the carpet and trying to write notes or tick off a checklist at the same time has always been a problem. I am very eager to print out the cards and download the app when start the next term.

      During an Apple Inc. PD, I came across a lot of great apps, but they were better for students older than mine.

      Here are some: Evernote, Puppet Pals, Adobe Voice, Garage Band, Action movie FX, and See Saw.

      Good luck with the Star Wars Code Game 🙂

  • Tanya LeClair posted a new activity comment 3 years, 2 months ago

    Hi Heidi,

    You are right….teaching how to inquire is just as important as the inquiry itself. Since I have been teaching grade 3 for a while now I haven’t had the chance to do the exhibition. We had a great one at my school last year with the grade 5’s so I hope to do it in the future. It was great seeing their passion for learning.

  • Tanya LeClair posted a new activity comment 3 years, 2 months ago

    Hey Tara! Thanks for the shout out and extremely thoughtful post. I love that you tried the in-class flip as I feel it’s the best way to go for elem teachers to try flipping, It seems that a lot of our coetail buds agree. Your video is great as well. If I was a student in your class id probably want to stay at that center too!

    I do agree that…[Read more]

  • Tanya LeClair posted a new activity comment 3 years, 2 months ago

    Thanks Jodee! I certainly love working in a PYP school where inquiry based learning is the focus. Sometimes I like to start a lesson with a word or picture and say that it represents the answer. The students will then have to come up with a question! That can be done in any type of lesson as well.
    Good luck with your Earth Materials unit. It…[Read more]

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