Monday, February 9, 2009

Foldables II



On Monday, February 9, nine educators from across Bedford County, Virginia attended a Foldables II workshop. They were given valuable work time creating Foldables for immediate use with their students. Attendees worked through the evening folding, cutting, writing, and adding information to Foldables. Teachers/staff were given time to create Foldables for their students. Creating projects for students takes great thought and time. The workshop allowed everyone to create student-centered Foldables for their students no matter their grade and subject level.

6 comments:

Amy Mallow said...

I absolutely love this strategy for reaching students. I have had nothing but good experiences with the foldables. The students have shown their ability to not only follow directions (in the creation of the foldable) but also to construct a study tool that is meaningful to them. It is interesting to see how many different foldables their little minds create once you expose them to just a few. The students have shown greater retention at the time for quizzes and tests, as I frequently hear them saying, "We made a foldable on that!" I believe it does help the students that need a hands-on experience in order to understand the information. I have also received several compliments from parents regarding the access to quick reference information for studying for a test (as we have put our "foldable holdable" in the daily binders the students take home). I appreciate the opportunity to learn about foldables, as this session is the first exposure I have had with these learning tools.

Wendy Gordon said...

I took Foldables 1 back in the fall, and was hooked on foldables then. My students really like making them,so it makes learning fun. They love the interactive learning, and the hands-on experience is wonderful. They are very visual and colorful, so it makes learning easier and keeps their attention longer. Also, the students love the ownership of their learning.

Cheri said...

I think this was a wonderful session. I have been out of the classroom for almost 4 years now and teaching homebound students so I feel a little out of the loop. This session brought out so many new ideas and ways to work with my current students as well as students to come. I am a very hands on learner so this would have helped me greatly as a student. I am currently working with a sixth grade student who has Tourette Syndrome. His ticks interfere with learning at times. He usually draws or works with clay, anything to keep him busy while I read or present the information to him. He loves art and working with his hands. This is going to be a great stategy to use with him because he can create a foldable, learn the information, and work with his hands to keep his mind off of his ticks. I can't wait to use the pocket book with my 3 year old, like you suggested. I think he will love this book as well as learn his ABCs...hopefully. :~) Thank you!

Anonymous said...

I think that foldables impact student learning in that they help students organize the content that they learning. They give them an opportunity to learn in a manner that engages them. Students will probably be more motivated to learn since they are not merely completing worksheets.

Asia Sharif-Clark said...

I'm amazed at the level of interaction a foldable creates for all grades and subjects. I received so many great insights and ideas in just a few hours. I've created foldables for a variety of Language Arts strategies and they're ready for immediate use! Thank you Melinda, for sharing your expertise and enthusiasm with us!

kim fleck said...

Foldables are SO much fun to make! It gives you hands on learning. I know from experience because Mrs.Sprinkle was my teacher last year. We made many foldables. It is good to have hands on learning because you remember the information you put inside of them. If the foldable was a bright yellow, you're going to remember that.