Monday, March 2, 2015

ISTEP Tiger Ambush!

Mrs. Jackson's third graders at Wayne Center started ISTEP today. (Indiana's Standardized Test is the ISTEP.) She recently contacted me asking what we could do to encourage students to be confident when taking it. I suggested we have students use Crayola Mix-N-Mash to create some pride posters as an encouragement to their classmates as well as the rest of the school. The students certainly had fun making it.

Here is a quick Animoto video I put together so that you can see a few samples:


After the students made their posters, they uploaded them to their class Kidblog. There the students can view and comment on each other's posts. Students having the opportunity to post on Kidblog provides a safe place for students to practice social media skills. It also provides a great opportunity to work on those essential read and respond skills. Students have to carefully consider what a classmate is attempting to communicate before responding. 

Kidblog can be used in a variety of ways. Allowing them to post creations from another app is a fun way to mix up their blogging experience and communicate a clear purpose for their writing. Crayola Photo Mix-N-Mash is a great outlet for this type of activity.

Writing about ISTEP and giving the students opportunities to express their thoughts and feelings about ISTEP is important as well. It lends itself to an opportunity to encourage and build confidence. I'm confident in Mrs. Jackson's third grade students as they have a great leader backing them up.