However, keeping a record of old charts helps me remember things that were powerful for my students, and I've learned that it helps to have pictures of student work to go with the charts. That way I can see how students were able to use what I was teaching. I don't have easy access to a color scanner, so I've started taking pictures as a way to collect full color examples of charts and student work. The bonus is that I have a collection of student work to use as mentor text--whether I'm working directly with students or collaborating with colleagues.
I save the pictures in folders with charts, articles, and notes about units of study. I am trying to remember to include digital copies of any paper planning forms I use and have learned to wait to scan or photograph these until after a unit of study, when my planning forms include observation notes, changes I made and things I want to remember for the future. When colleagues do a similar study with their students, I sometimes ask to take pictures of their charts and student work as well.
As I took pictures, I was thrilled to see how the kids had used what we were studying as they created books and poems. Some of their work made me laugh--working with first graders is fun! Here are some charts from recent studies and some examples of student work. Notice how the kids tried out what we were learning.
|See the question in the heading?|
|These questions served as the heading for a new section|
in book about plants.
|Sometimes the diagram contains much more information|
than the text.
|The author of this piece not only used a heading,|
but also made sure the diagram helps the reader
understand the process he describes in the text
(which continues on to another page).
|My favorite example of zooming in--check|
out the cat's eye peeking around the corner
of the cage! And the hamster has no idea.
|Used a heading--and see the fun fact in the top right corner? |
It says, "boys can pee on you". The baby in the picture is
also wiggling during a diaper change (this author got a
new baby brother this spring).