Slice of Life Stories hosted
Rarely do I ever just slow it down to celebrate. I'm a quick celebrator: "Yeah--but, what about . . .???" I'm always thinking ahead: How can I improve? What can I do differently? How am I going to reach this student? How am I going to push that student? And because we are in crunch time now (a month of school left!), it was refreshing to hear these bits of conversations happening in my classroom:
I started the day asking a group of first graders: Why are WE here? Everyone replied, "To learn." Then K. added, "And to fill our brains with words." This led us to an awesome discussion about how smart this idea was because filling our brains with words helps us when we are talking, reading and writing!
Two second grade boys were having a conversation about oral reading fluency: "It's not about how many words you get, it's about how you read them," L. told K. K paused and then replied, "It's a little about both." I agreed with both and added it's a lot about understanding those words!
Five out of my nine fourth and fifth graders participated and completed a month of writing in March. The same five continued writing for the month of April and now into May. Woo-hoo! A few of their reflections on writing every day:
Writing every day was just easy because you write a slice of what was your day. My thought for writing was when you are finished writing, you realize you had wrote a lot. And I think I am feeling like a writer.
It is fun to write every day because you get to reflect about something that happened. Yes, I think I'm a writer because I am expressing my writing skills.
Writing every day was easy because I am smart. I am a writer because I wrote for 2 months.
Even though I work with developing readers and writers, I have high expectations. They prove to me every day how smart they are!
Thank you, kiddos, for these reminders to
slow it down
our daily learning!