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My wife and I are very fortunate to have such a wonderful second grade teacher for our son this year. She, Mrs. Richeson, finds great ways to bring the parents into the classroom via technology. We have had the chance to watch our son retell stories through readers theater video podcasts. Now, she stretches their writing abilities and has them share them with everyone in audio podcasts.
During our parent conference the other day, my wife (a 6th grade language arts teacher) commented how she was not sure how Mrs. Richeson was able to do all of the things she does getting the recordings made and posted. She just smiled and said it was no big deal with the MacBook. As the instructional technologist for the district, it was a good confirmation for me that we are headed in the right direction with the right tools. I taught first grade myself. Everything extra is a big deal. To hear her share how easy she found it was affirming.
First, a little background to my son’s story. La Cucaracha is “cockroach” in Spanish. He has loved that Spanish word ever since he heard Phillips, Craig, and Dean in concert in Tyler. They had a children’s CD that he wanted. Needless to say, the song about the bug is his favorite. So, according to his teacher, Christian took a long time to write his story. She wondered what was slowing him up, but she also was glad that he was writing. A lot. It wasn’t until the end of the story being recorded that it all made sense. He was writing a story around a song with the internal goal of getting the song into the story as the closing and it make sense. Pretty high level, if I do say so myself. Yes, I’m proud of him. So have a listen to his creation. Make sure you hang in there long enough to hear him sing in the end. About a roach. 🙂
Listen to the podcast of the story “The Rock Boy” by Christian.