I find when I get too stressed out over this I tend have zero patience which is a bad thing when you work with 11 year-old children. I feel bad immediately after I snap and I do try to make amends immediately if I think I was too short with someone. I have to keep chanting to myself, "It'll all work out. It'll all work out. I felt like this last year and it all worked out. Breathe. Breathe."
Ugh... moving on!
I was wondering the other day if the Post-It company would be willing to sponsor my classroom. Any one out there with connections?? We use post-its for everything! A new thing that we've been doing this year is using post-its when we are reading to record our thoughts. It all started because I read The Book Whisperer by Donalyn Miller over the summer track-break and decided to take a few baby steps towards a more free reading environment. Reading is thinking and we're just making our thoughts more visible.
|"LOL-ing while reading and finding|
Well, we of course model this post-it thinking at the beginning of the year for a few weeks during read aloud and/or during our reading groups and then the students take ownership and finally they are introduced to their reading journals (I'll share about those later).
|Analyzing character motivation|
& making predictions
Student can note:
3. Personal Connections
4. Interesting language (figurative language, etc)
5. Things they liked, hated, laughed at
7. Pretty much anything else that comes to mind while reading.
|Reading is thinking!!|
Getting your kids to make connections and relate to characters is what reading is all about. I have found that it has helped with test-prep as well because the kiddos have been thinking critically all year making predictions, inferences, etc. It's enough to make a teacher tear up!
Hopefully I survive Seuss Day with three classroom birthdays AND it's the last day before break... here goes nothing!!!
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