Almost everyone looks forward to the first day of school. Kids have all their new supplies. Usually they also have new outfits waiting to be worn. Lunchboxes are packed, and backpacks are ready. Then the first day arrives.
We had the usual exciting first day. It rained. Thankfully, all the students had a great attitude even when the rain caused us to have indoor recess. I’m not too sure about the teachers though! I recently heard the statement “‘I love it when it rains because I just get to spend more time with the kids in the classroom,’ said no teacher ever.” But we made it through the first two days with indoor recess.
On the third day, we were hoping for the best. And then ten minutes after we arrived at school the electricity went out. Two days of rain and then darkness—not exactly what we were hoping for. But I think the kids handled it pretty well. We were without power for about three hours and still covered math, reading, and Bible. We even managed to use our iPads® in math. The chapter 1 lesson reviews addition. So to practice the concept of adding with multiple addends, we used Educreations Interactive Whiteboard.
Educreations is an app that allows students to work problems out on a whiteboard and record what they are thinking. I love it! The students chose a problem and worked it out for me, telling me how they arrived at their answer. (See how a student solved her math problem.)
With Educreations you can actually know what your students are thinking. It helps you narrow down what area(s) your students may be struggling in. What teacher wouldn’t love that?
Have you used Educreations before? What other tools have you found helpful for giving you insight into your students’ learning?