Wednesday, October 27, 2010

Fall Review

Our class is so lucky this fall: Washington State University students will mentor our students in writing. We've started our Writers Workshop with a focus on memoir and the question: "How do writers move from what we know to what we share?"

How do we take what we know and share it in a way that our readers can imagine and connect?

On September 23rd, Jeff Peterson's Intercultural Communication class arrive for interactive icebreakers and time to meet and help our students with writing.

Take a look:



Our students will draft memoirs on a private wiki, then remix the memoirs into fictional stories to publish on our public site, Coyote Talks. During this process, our mentors will guide our students into writing with passion, voice, and clarity.

We hope you join us in learning more about writing with our mentors.


This is a school related site so please respect others and comment appropriately. Please contact Ms Edwards if you have any questions or need to report any inappropriate activity. Thank you. Reflect Curiosity and Wonder... Go boldly and scatter seeds of kindness...

Saturday, October 16, 2010

Writing Class Technology News



Writing today demands technology use; anywhere people work, the computer makes that work, especially writing, easier to complete. After planning and drafting, students complete and revise draft number two on the computer via our Internet sites called wikis and Google Apps. These allow students to work from any computer hooked to the Internet; no more waiting turns for that certain computer with your project on it. And, students can work from home. Revising through word processing allows students to easily refine their work -- based on the suggestions from lessons  in class. 
Students create and share with other Internet programs also, including blogs, Glogster, Edmodo, and VoiceThread.
Internet safety
All students learn in lessons in class how to safely use the Internet. They must accept and follow our Internet Etiquette. Students use a pseudonym, code name, so they never use their real names. Guardians choose the level of access for their students.




Students practice their positive attitudes required in our Internet Safety in the real world introductions to their mentors.



Wiki and Google Apps  VS EMAIL


Student email provides access to Google Apps, their teacher, and their peers; email does not access outside addresses. Instead, student user names and passwords provide them access to Google Apps, wikis, and other writing class accounts because these are much easier to monitor for safety than email.




Questions ?


Our online work allows us to easily correct and revise our writing and collaborate with each other and others from any internet connected computer. For questions on our writing class Internet work, please contact Sheri Edwards, writing teacher, at Nespelem School. 509-634-4541 x34
Please visit again soon to any of our online work :)



This is a school related site so please respect others and comment appropriately. Please contact Ms Edwards if you have any questions or need to report any inappropriate activity. Thank you. Reflect Curiosity and Wonder... Go boldly and scatter seeds of kindness...

Saturday, October 2, 2010

Welcome Back!

 Welcome to Ms Edwards Weekly Newsletter

Each week I'll post our activities in class with links to other sites for information, pictures, or ideas.

I'm summarizing September, since getting back to school means as many changes and adjustments for teachers as it does for students.

That's precisely why I designed my first weeks lessons: to move us from summer to school through activities that allow us to get to know each other while we practice the expectations and procedures of successful students and teachers. For a detailed explanation of our first project, click here.

Students collaborated on poster projects in teams to discover their similarities and uniqueness. Here are their posters:




Our next projects helped us prepare for our visit on Thursday, September 23rd with writing mentors from Washington State University. Students from WSU will be working with our students on their online wiki work in Coyote Winks, a private site for students to draft their initial writings. We will transfer our final projects to Coyote Talks, where you can find further information about our mentors and the project. To prepare for our work with the mentors, we created BioPoems and business cards to share along with our About Us index cards. We also wrote a narrative about some event from our BioPoems. At our meeting with the mentors on 9/23, we played icebreaker games under the direction of Sonya from the 4-H extension office. Then mentors matched up with our students, and the sharing began. For a look at the activities, enjoy this slideshow. Photos have been altered according to student permissions.



Of course, September 23rd was the last day of Native American Week in which many parents, grandparents, and community members enjoyed breakfast or lunch at school and spoke to students in classrooms. It was a marvelous week, and we thank all who helped make this possible. Terrie Sanger and Nancy Armstrong-Montes provided the foundation for us.  While I do not have photos for that week, you may enjoy these photos from the Fourth of July Horse Parade in Nespelem  this year by clicking here. I'll be revising this post as soon as I receive the list of speakers and perhaps get some photos to share. Thank you letters should be in the mail!

Thank you families for helping the school year take off on such a positive note.



This is a school related site so please respect others and comment appropriately. Please contact Ms Edwards ( sheri @ nsdeagles dot org ) if you have any questions or need to report any inappropriate activity. Thank you.

Reflect Curiosity and Wonder... 
Go boldly and scatter seeds of kindness...