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Voice Thread

My class and I have been experimenting with Voice Thread what a great tool. One that I discovered a while ago but didn't really get into until now. We used it to comment on Despereaux that I've been reading to the class.

It was great to listen to the ideas the children had about the book, ideas that I would't have been able to gain from some of them had we left it to. I got the children to write down a PMI just a sentence for each one before they recorded their opinions. This helped them to feel a little more at ease when using the microphone.

There faces while listening to themselves were classic. What a fantastic opportunity to talk about what we hear when we're speaking and the things we need to be careful of so that others can understand our message. We came up with a set of things we needed to think about when talking into a microphone that will help them to improve next time.

Well worth the experimentation time :) and the frustration of getting the children a…

Reading Comprehension

Wouldn't we all love to have our children actually comprehend what they have just read in their reading group? I have been struggling with this over the past term but have found a few interesting resources to use that might engage a few more children in the process...

Firstly Into The Book, a great little American website that works through some of the most important comprehension strategies children need to have. I've found this site fantastic as it even has videos of children using the strategies (in the teacher's section). I've shared a few of these with my class and they have not only enjoyed the great Americanaccent but have engaged with the strategy when we practiced it afterwards. They are starting to use the language of comprehension and even looking at using more than one strategy at once WAHOOOO!!

Secondly we've been really lucky to have the great expertise of Alison Davison site. We had a very challenging session with her earlier this year and have all bee…