How An Elementary School Teacher Challenged their Gifted Writers with Night Zookeeper

We’re extremely lucky to work with some of the most amazing teachers in the world, as the Night Zookeeper community continues to grow every day! It’s always great to hear about what they’re loving and what they’re finding challenging, as well as how they’re using Night Zookeeper in their unique situations. We thought that it was a little selfish to keep these stories all to ourselves, so we want to start sharing them with you on a weekly basis.

This week, our Night Zookeeper Teacher in the spotlight is Wendy Lizana. Wendy is a Gifted Teacher based in Mississippi who has been using Night Zookeeper with her students for the past year.

Lizana class 1

Check out Wendy’s awesome class blog here!

We know that a school day is always jam packed, how do you use Night Zookeeper with your class?
My students are grade 2 and grade 3 and I teach them through an intellectually gifted pull-out program. I see each student for 300 minutes a week and try and allow them at least 50 minutes on Night Zookeeper during this time. I am usually able to work on a one to one basis with either a desktop computer or an iPad – students like the iPads because it’s easier to draw, but it does hinder their typing skills.

What are your favourite things to do with your students on Night Zookeeper?

I love using the Lesson Hive for lessons based on topics that we are studying or holidays that are coming up. It is also good for addressing the class’ needs such as reading comprehension or reading skills.

Another great way that I use Night Zookeeper is through story time. I am reading ‘The Giraffes of Whispering Wood with my 2nd grade students and the lesson collection for the book has been a great activity for the end of each chapter.

Lizana class 2

How has Night Zookeeper had an impact on teaching and learning in your classroom?

Being a specialist teacher, I do not teach an academic curriculum. I am responsible for ensuring that students develop the following skills as mandated by the State of Mississippi, USA: communication, creativity, thinking skills, affective skills, success skills and informational literacy. Night Zookeeper addresses all six of these outcome whilst letting students practise what they learn in the regular classroom as well as working on their 21st century skills. It’s great to see my students engaged and having their curiosity piqued.

If you could describe Night Zookeeper in one sentence, what would you say?

Night Zookeeper is an engaging tool that bridges communication and creativity in the classroom with today’s technological revolution.

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  1. By Melissa Henderson

    Wonderfully said, Wendy. I feel like you were telling my story as well. Night Zookeeper fits in very well with our gifted program.

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