I spent the better part of my day today observing lessons in a variety of fourth and sixth grade classrooms. While I always enjoy getting into the classrooms (and participating, when I’m allowed!), it’s always a welcome bonus when I learn something new while doing it, either about one of my students, about the subject matter, or about teaching techniques or tools.
Today I learned about two teaching techniques that were new to me. You may have been using these for years, and if so, I’d like to hear about your experiences with them. If not, feel free to take and use these as you see fit.
In one class, I initially thought I misheard when students were instructed to take out their “whisperphones” and start reading independently after they finished a task. I Googled “whisperphone” on my non-whispering phone right there and found that it is indeed an actual product line. The version I saw was a little plastic “handset” into which students read quietly; my understanding is that the handset (or headset) acts as a voice-feedback device that allows speakers to hear phonemes more clearly. I can’t say for sure, never having seen this before this morning, but take a look at the company’s research page and come to your own conclusions.
Foursquare Plus 3
In my English teacher days, I used to have students use graphic organizers or plan sheets to organize their thoughts. Today I learned about a slightly different take on graphic organizers: Foursquare Plus 3.
I’ve written and deleted several attempts at an explanation, but wasn’t satisfied with any of them. Check this slideshow for an explanation instead (it’s the only result for “foursquare” on Google that doesn’t return something related to the location check-in site).
Do you have any experience with Foursquare Plus 3 or the WhisperPhone, good, bad, or otherwise? See anything new here you might be giving a try? Leave a comment!