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Reading Responses Using Book Creator

Last week in Mrs. Swift’s class, students were introduced to Book Creator. We read the story What Do You Do With a Tail Like This? Then students were asked to create a page in Book Creator on something they learned from the story. They wrote a sentence and then illustrated the page to go along with the sentence! Students created amazing pages! I was so proud of the work they created in a short amount of time! Way to go Mrs. Swift’s Class! img_1448

Jiji Captures the Attention of All

I have never seen a program that captures the attention of all students! I mean ALL students! This past week, I worked with multiple elementary schools in order to help students get started with a research-based program called ST Math. It is a visual mathematics program that uses a penguin named Jiji to complete levels in a game like fashion. This program is designed to increase math comprehension. Watching all ability levels play has been such a joy! The most struggling of learners are excelling in ways I never thought possible. I can only imagine what the effects will be after a year of working with Jiji.

The most inspiring part of all were the conversations and “buzz” about Jiji. Students from various grade levels were asking others if they had seen Jiji or played. These conversations happened in the hallway, cafeteria, and even recess. Students were so engaged they wanted to miss lunch to continue playing. I can’t wait to see how this program helps students with math!

Here is a clip of a kindergarten student logging in with his picture password!


Welcome to the 2016-17 School Year

Welcome to an amazing school year! I hope you are energized and ready! Teachers,maintenance staff, custodians,and many others have worked countless hours to prepare the schools for this year!

We will start iPad deployment tomorrow!

iPads will be deployed to students following the schedule outlined below: August 23-24 – Goochland Middle School (Grades 6-8)

August 25 – Goochland Elementary School (Grades 3-5)

August 29 – Byrd Elementary School (Grades 3-5)

August 30 – Randolph Elementary School (Grades 3-5)

Have a great first week of school!!