Do you ever feel like you wish you could hear what the group of kids across the room are saying to each other as they work together at a center? I know I sure do. Often times while I'm meeting with my small group, I'm trying to keep an eye on my kids at Word Work or at Comprehension and making sure that they are actually discussing the center and not something that happened at soccer practice the night before. Then I feel like I'm not giving my full attention to the group of kids I'm working with. It's like you need to be in two places at once, but of course you can't. Well, now you can with this neat gadget:
HearALL Assessment Recorder by Learning Resources
It's seriously the neatest thing, y'all. You simply place it wherever you want to recorder and hit the red button. That's it! It records what the kids are saying so you can hear for yourself. To hear what was recorded, just plug it into your computer and click on the file. It has five speakers, so it really picks up the kids voices and allows you to hear exactly what is recorded. And the best part? NO BATTERIES. That's a huge plus in my book.
This product will work perfectly a center that I had two years ago called Story Chatter. Here's what it looked like:
The kids would come to this area and sit with each other and discuss the decodable reader that we had just read. Each time we learned a new comprehension skill like character, main idea, setting, etc. they would have to discuss that skill. This center was close to my small group area, so I thought it would be easy to keep them on track and make sure they were talking about the book. But usually when the time came for the group to go to story chatter, I had to answer questions from the other groups or check awaiting center work. I never had time to truly listen to what they were saying. So I did away with the center the next year. How perfect will the HearALL recorder work here??? I can't wait to bring back Story Chatter and use the HearALL recorder at it!
I also have been reading Debbie Miller's Reading With Meaning and I love how she takes all the students' responses to certain questions and creates charts with them. This recorder would certainly come in handy to make sure all the responses were recorded accurately. You could even upload the recordings to your class website, blog, or wiki for parents to hear! This is just so much you can do with this neat little product!
Now here's the best part! Learning Resources is giving away one HearALL Assessment Recorder!
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And don't forget to add your email in case you are the lucky winner! The winner will be drawn next Thursday (7/5)! :)
**One last thing, thank you so much Amanda for your help in creating the Rafflecopter! I would have been completely lost without your help! :)
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