Another short week this week. We had Friday off for Fair Day…and oh my goodness it was great! Except that I can’t seem to get through with everything…that’s becoming pretty common around here.
But that’s what teaching is all about, right? Flexibility. Yes. *I keep telling myself this!*
We finished up our writing on Tuesday. It was time. Past time, really…so some of them even took it home for homework. But ALL of them finished it and brought it back on Wednesday for our celebration. I couldn’t believe it! First time EVER to have 100% of students bring back such crucial homework. Yay!
On Wednesday, we celebrated our writing. It was so much fun! It was so neat to see the kids walk around and read each others’ papers and comment on what they liked.
I’ve written about it before, but we don’t stand in the front of the room and read papers. Ain’t nobody got time for that! (I know, it hurts me to write that…but that’s what they say, right?)
We put our papers out on our desks, along with our Writer’s Celebration page, and we walk around and make comments about the things we noticed about the papers. It’s kind of a magical time for everyone involved.
I’m not even going to lie, though…we sat together on the carpet beforehand and talked about what sorts of comments are actually helpful to students and which ones don’t do a thing. You know…Great writing!…or…I love your story! Those do NOTHING. Maybe give you a self-esteem boost…but that’s about it.
Look at those comments up there in that picture! Isn’t that just awesome?! The author of this paper REALLY knows what he/she did well. I love it! (We will work on how to spell “paragraph,” don’t worry!)
Last one. I just love celebrations. We walk around to oldies music blaring. We have a great time. And I *might* bring in cookies and fun treats for them.
The best part? The smiles. The ear-to-ear grins that ensue once each author returns to his/her seat and reads the comments. That’s always my favorite part! When we sit down and talk about what we noticed overall, I always have someone who speaks up and says, “This makes me feel so good!” It should, kid. Well done!
That’s pretty much all we did in writing.
In grammar, we talked about pronouns. I created another folding page to put in our notebooks, but I totally forgot to take a picture of one. I’ll try to remember to snap a pic and put it into next week’s post.
On Thursday, it was time to put all this hard grammar work to the test. Students were asked to write a journal entry after reviewing nouns, pronouns and verbs. I gave them a good, solid 10 minutes to do that.
Some students can really get a great amount written in that amount of time, while others are still struggling with getting their thoughts onto the paper. So for their assessment, I gave them the option of using their own journal entry or something I typed up.
Here is the page some of them opted to use. They were asked to find 3 nouns, 3 verbs, and 2 pronouns (just like you see up there in that first picture). Students were required to write their proofs out to the side or above so that I could tell they knew what each one was.
The kids are pretty pumped about their assessments being so “easy.” But aren’t we supposed to assess them the way we teach them? If you have them journal every day to try out new rules and prove things in grammar, shouldn’t we test them that way, too? *Food for thought!*
Anywho…this is what we did for week 5. At some point, this HAS to get faster…but for now, we are just sort of plugging along a little at a time. We will get there. Just have to give it some time. 😉
How is your year going? Have you been able to move as fast as your own lesson plans? Haha.
I’d love to hear from you!
Ta ta for now!