Just dropping into the blog to note that we are making progress with our technology knowledge and skills, and that the Spring semester change to Professional Learning Communities schedule has given me the opportunity to offer extended ixl.com time to my "class," the K, 1, 3, and 4 homerooms that meet with me at the end of the day once a week in computer lab (while their homeroom teachers spend quality time planning and conferring over data toward improving student learning).
It is beginning to pay off for these children and I'm of the believe that it will do so at testing time. Though I'm not a big fan of standardized testing I realize it has its place as a formative assessment tool, and ixl.com practice will ensure that our kids with that experience are more familiar with online testing and thereby will have an edge come testing day(s).
Just look at this certificate that flew into my inbox just yesterday:
Now, this certificate will live on the wall in our computer lab until it is replaced by one recognizing even greater achievement. We're getting them ready, and we appreciate your sending them to us with positive attitudes and a yearn to learn. On good days during PLC time, we end the sessions by venturing out to the playground for some extra outdoor recess, something else our kids really need. It's a win-win!