Today was one of those days where everything went right. I don’t have many of them, but today was exceptional. I love those days!
In writing, we once again used Gretchen Bernabei’s resources to look at a mentor text, and light bulbs started going off across my room. The students were really connecting to the text and noticing many patterns and the craft of the writer. Brilliant! I plan on devoting a post to this activity soon to share what we did and how incredibly powerful it was…so stay tuned!
In math, I ran only small groups today. Since there is one of me and about four groups that need different skills, I chose to have students run the other groups. Wow! They did an amazing job! While I worked with students on subtraction, other students led the rest of the small groups and shared their knowledge of the skill that the others needed. This not only allowed me some time to work with the students who really needed my help, but it also extended the knowledge of my student helpers. Most importantly: ALL students were learning at an appropriate level.
What’s that saying? Students learn better from their peers than they do from adults? I definitely think that’s true…most of the time, anyway. Today was a fine example of that.
I’m so glad that I am surrounded by such awesome students. Do they drive me nuts some days? Of course. But I love each and every one of them for who they are. Their willingness to learn and the smiles on their faces are what I look forward to every day. They are the reason I do what I do.
Today was awesome. I can’t wait to see what tomorrow brings!