Teacher Review For WeKWL

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Jennifer A.
Classroom teacher
Montclaire Elementary School
Los Altos, CA
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My Grades 2
My Subjects English Language Arts, English Language Learning, Math, Science, Social Studies, Health & Wellness
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My Rating 5
Learning Scores
Engagement 5
Pedagogy 5
Support 5
My Students Liked It Yes
My Students Learned Yes
I Would Recommend It Yes
Setup Time Less than 5 minutes
Great for Knowledge gain
Small group
Teacher-led lessons
Whole class
Great with Advanced learners
Low literacy
How I Use It
My students use WeKWL instead of paper KWL charts. We use the app when we are discussing different content areas, such as a new science or math topic as well as when we are reading non-fiction. Generally groups of 3-4 students work together to create a WeKWL, although there have been times when all students have worked together on one. It works well to have students see what their peers are wondering as well as what their peers know. This often jogs their own thinking and leads to a fruitful discussion.
My Take
WeWKL is a fantastic teaching tool. I like the digital nature of it because then students aren't loosing a piece of paper. It is very helpful for my students to see the comments made by their peers as well as anything I might choose to add to further the conversation. The collaboration is much more useful than having each student create their own chart and then sharing these one at a time on an overhead.