Monday, August 9, 2010

A 21st Century Classroom

This blog will actually be used to share my experience with my fourth grade team as we work to incorporate 21st Century Skills and Ideals into our classrooms this year. Included in this process will be the CAFE workshop model (Comprehension, Accuracy, Fluency, & Expanding Vocabulary) which we began last year and will work to fully integrate into a reading/writing daily workshop. We will update everyone on our Thematic Umbrella Questions and Big Ideas that we use with our students over the course of the entire year and how they use these questions to guide research projects. Our blog will include our thoughts, successes, frustrations, lessons/units, and student input on the activities, projects, and life in fourth grade.

We will be sharing this blog with as many people as possible, beginning with our district and moving outside our walls in order to get valuable feedback from others who have done this before us and in hopes of helping teachers who are beginning a similar journey.

Ohio Standards: We will be integrating technology into our classroom, using blogs for professional sharing and expanding our PLN (hopefully we will be able to make contacts and follow other teacher's blogs), and working towards a 21st Century model of an open classroom.


  1. I love love love that you will be working with 4th graders to implement this! I speak to middle and high schoolers all over Ohio and many of them just stare at me when I ask them if they post or read blogs.....:(

  2. Love it, Suzanne! Your enthusiasm is infectious!