Without turning his classroom into “test prep central,” teacher Kevin Hodgson is working to anticipate what his state’s evolving standardized tests will contain and how best to help his sixth graders prepare themselves with plenty of reading and writing strategies.
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Kevin Hodgson’s sixth graders experience systems thinking when they explain Rube Goldberg contraptions, design interactive stories, and diagram sports plays. Hodgson offers many examples of student work and shows how the approach addresses Common Core objectives.
“We want our students to pursue the possibilities of a better world,” writes Kevin Hodgson, and not just “hope that a better world appears.” He shares the inspiring story of the international student-run Kids Tales program and what kids in his own school are doing.
After much discussion, Kevin Hodgson and his colleagues decided to have students watch the Inaugural Address and then respond to it. The 6th graders used sketchnoting to listen, then discussed their observations in the context of earlier studies about civic issues.
More and more, state and national standards call on all educators to become “teachers of literacy.” ELA teacher Kevin Hodgson shares how he and his 6th grade colleagues in science, social studies and math are figuring out what this will mean in their classrooms.
ELA teacher Kevin Hodgson & his social studies colleague are teaching 6th graders the basics of online research, the art of letter writing, collaborative peer editing, and the elements of argument. One result: letters ready to be sent to the next U.S. President.
As Kevin Hodgson’s 6th graders completed a lengthy foray into short story writing, they finished with reflections on their craft. Hodgson shares some of their insightful comments and considers reflection’s potential catalytic effect on both students and educators.
The comic creation app Bitstrips for Schools is no more. How will Kevin Hodgson’s new sixth graders create the “Dream Scenes” that help him discover more about their hopes and aspirations? After a brief lament, he rallies. Perhaps Google Slides can fill the void.
Kevin Hodgson and his 6th graders learned how to build digital portfolios together in recent months, creating a reflective space to re-examine and “curate” a year’s worth of digital projects. He shares tools created to guide the process and the lessons learned.
Adding 5 minutes to 4 content classes this past year meant losing morning homeroom for Kevin Hodgson’s 6th graders. No time to “check in” with each other, do community-building activities, and forge an identity as a group of learners. He’s missed it terribly.