We decided to teach the children how to write letters which fits the Utah Core - Standard # 8, Objective 6, Indicator a: Produce personal writing (e.g., journals, friendly notes and letters, personal experiences, family stories, literature responses).
I decided to begin the lesson by reading “ Dear Mrs. LaRue: Letters from Obedience School .” After this, we worked together on the overhead to complete sample letters. Finally, the students each completed their own letters at their desks.
To aid in our teaching letter writing to the students, we decided to use the projector to show an example of letter writing. Students would come up to the overhead and fill our various parts of the letter, accurately placing date, to, from, and a body/message.
As far as the technology goes, I do not really have any regrets with how we used the projector. Our class did not have a lot of technology but I do wish we had a tablet or other interactive writing device. Since the projector was the best we had, I am fine with how it was used.
I do wish we had more time since the projector only allowed one student to work at a time. Furthermore, not every student was able to come up to the projector and work, even though many of them wanted to.
I believe the projector was an add-on to the lesson. The projector was not necessary and the children could have easily worked at the white board or at their desks but I decided to use the projector because the students like it.
Almost any lesson is possible without the use of technology (unless the lesson is about technology, but then again, you could just read) and this lesson was no different. Instead of using the projector, I simply could have used the whiteboard.