March Snowstorm Packs a Punch and Changes Plans

Car park under snow, Bolsover

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All of the snow that we got this week has put a wrench into my plan to continue to teach my digital citizenship unit to my Grade 2/3 class.  Without the buses running, attendance was low with 7-12 students making their way to class every day.  Regular lessons were put on hold and time was spent completing review activities, playing in the snow, and taking part in a few activities that wouldn’t typically make their way into our day.  We had a lot of fun doing puzzles, making crafts, and building with red plastic cups!

Although I was missing a large portion of my class, I felt that it was still important to cover curriculum and organize meaningful activities for my students to participate in.  I took advantage of this time to work with small groups to delve into Seesaw.  We posted a few pictures and videos onto their profiles, and the students continued to amaze me with how quickly they figured out the program and how easily they were able to complete their tasks.

We then jumped forward in my digital citizenship unit and discussed what commenting was and how to comment appropriately.  I shared the following document with my class that I had adapted from the Regina Catholic Schools resource “Follow the 3 C’s and a Q Commenting Framework.” 

 

We went through each section to make sure that everyone understood what complimenting, commenting, connecting and questioning meant, as well as the types of statements that they could make within each section.  I then shared a few posts that the students had made with the class, and together, we generated a list of comments that we could make on that post that fit within each category.  Once the students could demonstrate their understanding of how to make an appropriate comment, I gave each of them a reminder bookmark to help them with the process.

 

Then it was time for the fun to begin!  Students were given a chance to explore the work of their classroom peers and choose a post to comment on.  They could write or record their comment, and were to follow the 3 C’s and a Q framework as they did this.  I was really impressed with the efforts that my students put into this activity.  There were a few who stuck to the ‘you did a good job’, or an ‘I like your picture’ comment, but most went past the surface level and added a well thought-out comment.

A few of my favourites were comments that were made when students had posted a picture of a ninja that they had crafted and wrote about in response to the stories “Dojo Daycare” and “Dojo Surprise” by Chris Tougas.

 

One post, which said their ninja’s favourite food was cake, led to a comment of “what kind of cake dose he like?” and another about a ninja named Funny resulted in, “I really like the way your ninja has the surprise pose like you discribed and what kind of cookies does funny like? This reminds me of myself and my brother because we also love cookies. You Saïd that Funnys favorite move is thé surprise move and I totally agréé by thé colour and thé information about your ninja! Your friend, A”

In the coming days and weeks we will continue to explore commenting on Seesaw following the 3 C’s and a Q format, and we will extend this into replying to the comments that people have made on our posts.  It has been wonderful to see the excitement on my students’ faces as they explore Seesaw, and I can’t wait to see where this adventure takes us next!

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4 thoughts on “March Snowstorm Packs a Punch and Changes Plans

  1. cdegelman March 9, 2018 / 3:42 pm

    This week was an interesting week, wasn’t it! I felt the same way with our Happiness Project. We still trudged through as much as we could! Commenting is such an important thing to teach kids. It is so great that teachers are taking time to teach kids how to appropriately do this.

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  2. amysnidersmedblog March 10, 2018 / 12:40 pm

    I’ve just now read about your project and I love, it, Staci. I think that you’re covering a huge amount of very important territory with these 2/3s. I wonder if this is a project you’ll do again/modify and do again in future years… I really wish all kids grew up thinking about community (digital and non-digital) and how to be a responsible citizen to this extent. They are, after all, going to be the ones in charge of creating those communities some time fairly soon (10-15 years doesn’t seem like such a long time once you hit my age 😉 So, thank you!

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    • Staci Senger March 11, 2018 / 12:27 am

      Thanks, Amy! I am really enjoying working through this unit with my class, and after seeing their understanding and excitement about it, I will definitely work through it, or parts of it, with future classes. I’m hoping that if I can provide them with a basic understanding of what it means to be a digital citizen, they will build off of that knowledge as they expand their use of technology and grow their digital community.

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  3. Brooke Alexander March 10, 2018 / 10:14 pm

    Thanks for sharing Staci. I have been looking at your digital citizenship resource as we work through our digital citizenship lessons for my major project. I am really enjoying teaching it and I used some of the videos you recommended in your resources. Thanks again for sharing. We too are moving towards learning about commenting and I know I will be heading back to your blog to check out this poster/bookmark that you have adapted. So cool! I love it.

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