Why should I teach my kindergarten students library routines, when I can empower and engage my 2nd grade students with this task?
Our 2nd grade students creating Puppet Pal videos
to teach the kindergarten students library routines
Over the past few years, I have become increasingly influenced as an educator by Daniel Pink's Drive and Alan November's Who Owns The Learning? One major takeaway has been that we must empower our students and engage them through purposeful and meaningful work.
This led me to the following question: Why should I teach my kindergarten students library routines, when I can empower my 2nd grade students with this task?
This question led me to Puppet Pals, an easy to use digital storytelling app.
We reviewed the scripts, explored how to use Puppet Pals 2, and introduced how to export saved files to our class Google Drive folders on the iPads. After two sessions of writing scripts, reflecting on library routines, and introducing Puppet Pals 2, the students were ready to create on our third session. One of the great things about Puppet Pals 2, the students could take photographs of the library to set the scene for their show!
Here's an example of a video for finding a just right book:
Please excuse my voice in the background, I learned
to give class instructions more quietly when students are recording!
And another example for using a shelf marker (or "hold my place card"):
This year I plan to continue adding a meaningful audience for student work, and hopefully to extend that audience to beyond the classroom.