Student Led Conference schedule

Here are the SLC signup confirmations. As of today, all students are signed up. Everyone got their first or second choice, but if you’d like to make a change and to another time slot, simply email me. Maximum 3 SLCs per time slot.

Thursday, November 3
12:30 – Claudia, Max, Brennan – FULL

1:30 – Jaxson, Alisa, Evelyn – FULL

2:30 – Minjae

3:30 – Lachlan

Friday, November 4
12:30 –
May, Zo, Cassie – FULL

1:30 – Simon

2:30 – Michael

I sincerely look forward to speaking with you on Thursday or Friday!

Student Led Conferences

SLCs are coming. Here is a checklist to help you get prepared.

During your SLC conference you will need to:

  • Dress formally (BOYS – button down shirt and tie – no jeans) (GIRLS -dress nicely – no jeans)
  • Welcome your parents
  • Go to your Homebase page on your iWeb portfolio.  Lead your parents through your Student as a Learner Profile.  Explain to them why you have rated yourself in each area as you did.  Please be sure to emphasize the areas that you have chosen to link to your SMART goal.
  • Discuss your SMART goal and your strategies for success.  How can your parents help to support you in achieving your goal?
  • Discuss with your parents the three learning styles: auditory, visual and kinesthetic.  Share with your parents your learning style prediction.
  • Together visit the on-line learning styles survey.  Complete the survey together and discuss what the suggestions mean for you as a learner.
  • Present the information you have prepared for each of your classes.
  • Thank your parents for coming and make a plan for visiting with your core and specialist teachers.

From Oct. 19th:

In homebase today you’ll be talking about and developing your own SMART goals.

  1. Students should reflect and rank themselves on the rubric for each sub-category on the SLP sheet
  2. Students will change the color of the appropriate cell to white to indicate their category standing (select cell, fill color, white)
  3. Students will need to save their SLP reflection for later use on their iWeb Homebase page

SMART goals

  1. Review SMART Goals (see attached)
  2. Each student will create one SMART goal based on their SLP reflection
  3. Each student will Conference with the teacher
  4. Store SMART goal for future transfer to iWeb Homebase page

Click HERE for the SLP rubric

Click HERE for the S M A R T Goals sheet

Digital Storytelling

Congratulations on completing your personal narratives. You all worked extremely hard revising and editing your writing. As an extension of this work you will now create a Digital Narrative of your story. We will be working this in the classroom over the next few lessons. You will be presenting this to the class on Monday, October 24th. Your Digital Narrative should be no longer than two minutes in length.

Today you will be working on a two column Story Table as shown below:

1.   Write your narrative script into the left column of the story table. You should identify key events that summarize your story. This is what you will say, your dialogue, in your digital story.

2.  Search for, or create, appropriate images that support your narrative. Describe and show these on the right side of the table. Save the images/videos in a folder on iPhoto.

Two-column Story Table

Screen shot 2010-10-21 at 9.20.44 AM

Click Here for the Digital Storytelling Presentation Rubric

Here are some samples of digital presentations using Photobooth, iMovie, and Keynote.













Additionally, if you have an iPad, you may want to use an “app” like StoryrobeAudioBook, or even Explain Everything or SAM Animation.

Personal Narrative Self Reflection

1. Click HERE to upload your personal reflection.

2. Type your answers in a different font.

3. Show Mr. Cole your finished form, then save the finished copy in your SLC folder on your computer.

4. Save a copy into Mr. Cole’s DROP BOX.

5. Click HERE for a quick survey – thank you!

**Show Mr. Cole you’ve completed all steps and receive a treat. Table points go to tables who all complete all steps.

Revising Your Personal Narrative

This is revision week for your Personal Narrative, and you will  be revising your draft for each of the Six Traits of Writing.

Revising for IDEAS

As you read the draft of your personal narrative, ask yourself the following questions:

  • Have I gathered enough details about this experience?
  • Have I organized the events in chronological order?

Also refer to Write Source for information on Revising for Ideas (pgs. 114-115)

As part of your revision today highlight the following sensory details in your draft:

Sight – Yellow

Sound – Light Green

Touch – Pink

Smell – Blue

Taste – Purple

If there is not much color on your narrative draft, you should revise to include more sensory details so the reader can ‘picture’ what you are writing about. Remember it is important to ‘Show Not Tell’.


When revising for organization ask yourself these questions:

  • Did I choose the best way to begin my narrative? What did I use to grab the reader’s attention?
  • Is the middle well organized? How have I used transitions?
  • Does my ending work well? Does my whole narrative lead up to the lesson I learned?

Identify and underline any transition words you have used. Refer to page 116 of  Write Source for transition examples and click HERE for examples in my blog.

Refer to pages 116-117 of  your Write Source text for further tips on revising forORGANIZATION.

Revising for VOICE.

When revising for voice ask yourself these questions:

  • Does the writing sounds like me?
  • Does the reader know what I am thinking and how I am feeling?
  • Does my writing contain dialogue? Remember, dialogue helps to convey your personality.

Refer to pages 118-119 in your Write Source text for further tips on revising for voice.

Revising for WORD CHOICE.

When revising for word choice think about the following:

  • The words should be interesting and colorful
  • Words should not be REPEATED, REPEATED, REPEATED! You should try to find other interesting words to say the same thing. E.g. Instead of said – DECLARED, WHISPERED, SUGGESTED, CHALLENGED etc
  • Your words should express the right feeling and show your attitude about your topic
  • Use specific words to add feeling

(See page 120 in your Write Source text for examples of how different word choices can create different feelings.)


When revising for sentence fluency ask yourself the following questions:

  • Do the sentences FLOW nicely? There aren’t too many short sentences or too many long sentences?
  • Do the sentences START in DIFFERENT WAYS?
  • Is the story easy to read aloud?

(See Pages 122 and 123 in your Write Source book for more tips on revising for sentence fluency.)