Thursday, January 29, 2015

Teacher Spotlight: Ms. Reeves 6th Grade ELA

Teacher Spotlight: Ms. Reeves 6th Grade ELA

Today's spotlight showcases the work of Ms. Anna Reeves.  She is a veteran teacher here at BMS and does amazing work with her 6th grade students.  She is currently a part of the Peer Coaching we have going on at BMS where the TLC, Tyler Abernathy, and her are able to collaborate on a more regular basis to plan and reflect on teaching practices.  Here you'll see her work with students using WeVideo.

What are the students doing? 
The students are using WeVideo to make book trailers for a book read independently or with a partner/small group.

What do you hope students accomplish by completing this activity?

I hope that the students are able to produce a trailer that encourages others, even school-wide, to read the book. I hope that working with a partner affords reluctant readers an opportunity to experience success with reading the book and completing the project. I hope that the students will become comfortable with WeVideo so that it can be used in future projects. Lastly, I hope that students begin to develop an appreciation and awareness of intellectual property.

How did this activity tie to your standards?

CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.SL.6.1 Engage effectively in a range of collaborative discussions (one-on-one, in groups, and teacher-led) with diverse partners on grade 6 topics, texts, and issues, building on others' ideas and expressing their own clearly.
CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.SL.6.1.A Come to discussions prepared, having read or studied required material; explicitly draw on that preparation by referring to evidence on the topic, text, or issue to probe and reflect on ideas under discussion.
CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.SL.6.5 Include multimedia components (e.g., graphics, images, music, sound) and visual displays in presentations to clarify information.

How did this activity promote student learning?

Students LOVE using technology, looking for images, creating, and incorporating music. Students were required to work through a process prior to working on the WeVideo. Students read and discussed the book, analyzed the plot, looked for appropriate images that were free to use, and cited images and sounds used. The technology component enticed and engaged the students to see the project through to the very end. Many of the students will have their book trailers broadcast on our school news show.

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