March 15, 2015- 5 Things I Loved About Last Week
1. Trying out new ideas- I have been reading Notice and Note and love the signposts they identify for students to focus on for close reading. This week we used our read aloud, The One and Only Ivan for several of the signposts and I have planned more of the same for next week.
2. Making connections- Through a comment I received on a slice my class has connected with another in New York and we will have our students comment on each other’s blog posts. I also loved that even though we are far apart I have been able to help get them started with blogging.
3. Spreading the (book) love- Even though World Read Aloud Day was not this week a colleague heard about the Skyes we had with authors that day and was interested in trying it with her class and she did this week. I love that more students are exposed to amazing authors (thanks, Erin Dealey!).
4. Slicing- To be completely honest I was not sure I would stick with it, and so far I have! I am also so impressed that so many of my students are slicing each day too. I have really seen growth in them as writers and love the way it has changed our outlook (see slice 12 I think).
5. A new student is arriving- Monday we will welcome our 20th student ( the maximum we can have) and I am so happy. I love having an even number- it just makes things easier, as we do so much in partners and small groups. I had my students fill in a speech bubble with things someone should know about our class, third grade, or the school, and they really nailed so many of the important things. It was great to see that they “get” that we are a community and are there for each other. I wish I had taken a photo of it to attach here, but take my word for it: reading, writing, math, were all mentioned, but support, making mistakes, and caring were highlighted. They are excited to welcome a new student to our community.
I hope you had lots to celebrate this week too!