Honking with Sarah Chen
Developing the skills to refine your work begins early! Mikaela, a kindergartener, is editing her work and using a sight word dictionary provided in Showbie to check her spelling.
Giving students tools to help in that process while building independence also boosts their confidence and gives you more time to work individually with students.
JF: How much time did you invest in preparing students access this resource independently?
SC: We visited this resource about seven times as a class before students were able to access mostly on their own. Some students still ask but their student community is able to assist them.
JF: How frequently do you replace that resource with additional words?
SC: The sight words list is not updated and is only the list of words that students should be able to spell by the end of kindergarten. We do have other word lists in Showbie that they access and that is updated monthly. The other word lists tend to be season or project based like a list of holiday words, or most recently adjectives that describe people.
JF: What has been a significant benefit from providing this resource digitally?
SC: The writing process is a lot faster for students now. The process of getting their folder, finding the page, locating the word - all of that is much faster and requires less transition between their work and the resource with the use of Showbie.