I’m a living zombie because everyday, in addition to fulfilling my grad school courses [full-time], I am working [full-time] as a first grade teacher. I love my job. Sometimes, the dark circles and sleep deprivation are just soooo worth it!
Worked in a High School Special Education class the other day mainly composed of students with behavior challenges, at least this was what I was told. If behavior was this classroom’s challenge, I did not encounter it. As the class cooperated, I was given the opportunity to work with students on special assignments, one of which was this nontraditional Dot-to-Dot activity.
Giving students options gives the student that freedom to decide what they want to do and still complete the assignment. This is a picture of those options for the Dot-to-Dot activity.
Once a student decides what Dot-to-Dot image he/she wants to create, they need to follow the numerical instructions given on the paper and connect those numbers on this sheet.
The next thing you know, the numbers are connected, an image is formed, and a student can color or shade the picture as he/she pleases.
One student I spoke with said he likes the challenge of seeing if he can form the picture. The students in this class do not get to do this activity often, so when they do they take advantage of the opportunity. Another student who completed his Dot-to-Dot activity could not see the image of the dog in his picture. When I pointed out the ears and nose, he smiled at his accomplishment.
You’re never too young for Dot-to-Dot activities. One teacher even uses Extreme Dot-2-Dot in his classroom.
“Books are changing; but are the fundamentals of reading and writing? Seeing a reader gripped by digital Brontë made me aware that electronic books are giving literacy a new dimension. Many people like this new way of enjoying a book, and some may prefer it. Look at it this way: since the 1960s when transistor radios and – by the end of the decade – colour televisions transformed popular culture, every new technological gimmick has strengthened the appeal of the sort of media that rivals the book. Music and film, TV and video games: all have outshone books in technological glamour. Now, suddenly, here is a techie way to read a book. It’s kind of cool. I don’t believe this technology will destroy the printed object; real books will never lose their charm. But Luddites who see today’s new ways of reading as an assault are fantasising. Literacy has been under attack for decades, from all directions. Reading suffered its worst assault, perhaps, from television. My nain (my Welsh grandmother) used to read all the time – in fact she was the village librarian – but you wouldn’t find many people in that same village today with the TV off, their heads in books. It is therefore surely arguable that e-readers are not the destroyers but the saviours of the book. A generation may return to the written word because of this technology.”—Ebooks don’t spell the end of literature | Art and design | guardian.co.uk (via infoneer-pulse)