This page lists some of
the activities student in room 40 may do at appropriate
times. If your work is done (well). Have fun
and learn at the same time using these tools.
projects must be approved by Mr. Kootman and based on
fourth grade standards. They must be planned out
on paper before you begin.
will be posted on our
Creativity at Work Blog
If you are a teacher
want to learn how and when to use these standards
based projects that motivate your students, increase
learning and increase parent communication please visit
Are the projects the students create graded?
The digital projects that the students create are
posted on the Creativity at Work blog. Some of the
projects are graded; most are not. I usually grade
the projects that I assign to all students. This
functions as a type of alternative assessment for
students to showcase their learning (as well as
reinforce, extend and motivate).
However, most of the projects on the blog are chosen
by students as "extra" work. These projects were
not specifically assigned or mandated. Students
chose to do them because they enjoy the process or
creation, publishing and viewing/responding to
others work. This is one of the largest motivators
in my classroom. I generally do not grade these
projects, as I want to maintain
for the students.
As more reluctant students see their peers create
these projects, they become excited at making their
own. Suddenly, students who were never able to
complete their work are finishing it and showing
much greater enthusiasm for learning because they
want to get to their digital project.