We are so excited! On Monday of this week we launched the Global Read Aloud book, Out of My Mind, OOMM. All around the world, students and teachers began reading this book with a plan to communicate about the novel not only within our classroom but also within a pre-selected online community. We have used the tool, Edmodo to share our predictions and thoughts. This tool allows the students to respond to their teacher and other students as well as post their own thoughts. This platform widens the audience for students and helps them to communicate on a deeper and more meaningful level.
In class we shared our predictions non-verbally and then grew our ideas as we read what others had shared. As we moved around the room, reading, sharing and thinking our predictions changed and developed, all without muttering a word!
After we shared our predictions on Edmodo about OOMM. We watched the trailer for our book and added more thoughts and ideas with one another. Our enthusiasm for this project is phenomenal!
We have been working hard in these first 10 days to learn routines and share with one another what each of us needs to create a happy, healthy and productive Grade 4 classroom. Listening respectfully and carefully to one another will help us to create and ensure this climate in our class throughout the year. In these opening weeks, our focus has been on learning to collaborate together, to think critically about challenges and problems that we are faced with, to make good choices and then to reflect on our contributions to the class.