Monday, February 28, 2011

Web 2.0 Tools for 21st Century Teachers

Several teachers from Washington School are engaged in learning more about Web 2.0 technologies. It is definitely new learning and new exploring. Discovering how to access and use digital, interactive tools is both exciting and overwhelming. Diana Dell has some great thoughts on her web site in an article called Connecting Reading Instruction and Technology. She says, "Teaching with technology allows educators to better meet the needs of students with diverse abilities while at the same time increasing motivation of all students. Technology functions as a bridge to higher reading achievement by engaging students in learning that is relevant and meaningful."
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Tuesday, February 15, 2011

The pirates are reading...2011

Arrrrrr you readin’ matey?

Washington School Reading Incentive 2011

It is time for an all school reading emphasis! This term, the theme is “Arrrrr you readin’ matey?“ Students will have a kick-off assembly on Thursday, February 17th explaining the ‘rules’ and prizes for participating. There are some fun prizes to earn.

The goal of the at-home reading program is for students in kindergarten through 2nd to read for at least 10-15 minutes each night, while 3rd and 4th grade students will read a minimum of 15-20 minutes per night for five of the seven nights per week. Those who meet their goal AND return their reading slip with an adult’s signature on the due date will receive a prize each week.


The grand prize for students meeting this goal will be:

A pirate themed movie: Peter Pan.