Mrs. Yollis' 3rd Grade Class
Mrs. Yollis' 3rd Grade Class in California is different than most 3rd grade classrooms. The main difference is that they are very technologically savvy. As a matter of fact, they probably know more than I do know and definitely more than I did when I was in 3rd grade a long long time ago. Their class sessions consist of more than just learning, reading, writing, and arithmetic. It includes learning how to interact with the world and using resources to help them learn.
November is Family Blogging Month in Mrs. Yollis' class and this means that they are able to blog with family members, hold interesting conversations, learn new things and share with the rest of the classroom. I read on the blog that one of the students where blogging with their dad who was in New York on business. Isn't it wonderful to be able to stay in touch with your parents even when they are thousands of miles away? Recently, the kids in Mrs. Yollis' class raised $227.75 for UNICEF and their class goal was $25. I wonder if this has anything to do with their world connection. They also had an interesting Skype session with their friends in Australia where they learned about each others' hometown. Mrs. Yollis' class blog has links to other education class blogs they follow, a cluster map that now shows that over 75,000 visitors have come to their site and it even shows the comments that were left for her students. The class blog is very useful for the students and pretty easy to navigate for visitors.
I absolutely love the way Mrs. Yollis has a link that says Meet Mrs. Yollis and she has on there a picture of herself when she was in third grade. She also has pictures of herself out having fun so her students know that she has a life outside of the classroom as well. At the same time, she has a link called Meet the Bloggers! where she introduces her class and some of the things they like to do. This allows the visitors to understand what the kids like and where they come from. On Mrs. Yollis' website she has links to several sources parents and kids alike can use to aid them in their learning. Everything is so easy to get to and all so very useful for anyone that visits the site. There are many more links and fun things on her website but all useful for those trying to learn. There are a lot of things going on in California and teachers are really exploring and trying new things. Mrs. Yollis' class is the class of the future and Mrs. Yollis is building a brighter future.