Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Using Technology for a Kindergarten Student's Planning Process

Sometimes, our kindergarten students can say so much more than they can write. Sometimes, they can think of such great ideas, but they just can't remember those ideas when they get to the third or fourth page. (Sometimes, maybe even the second page. Okay, sometimes, maybe even the first page...)

This morning, I stopped by one of our kindergarten classrooms and the teacher, Hayley Brown, excitedly showed me how her student was working on her writing. This student had a clear story to tell about the first day of school and the read aloud that she remembered. This young student explained to me that sometimes she forgets what she's going to say, but her recording helps her remember. Her teacher walked away as the student showed me how she could find her video, locate the place where she needed a reminder, play it a couple of times, and then write. 

Wow.  WOW!

She impressed me enough to blog about it tonight. Her teacher asked her mom if we could share this young writer's voice and finger as she plans her story. 

The pages that you will watch her plan in this video are full of words now. Enjoy the planning and process of this young writer!


  1. Yes...the first page. I chuckled on that one and totally relate. Love this idea for using technology to amplify our teaching.

  2. Simply AMAZING! What a great way to teach students how to "help themselves"!!! There are so many devices that could help students do this.

    Thanks so much for sharing!

  3. This is a perfect scaffold for young writers! Thanks for sharing Melanie! I will be utilizing this idea for sure!

  4. I love this! Thank you so much for sharing!