Saturday, January 19, 2008
Friday was a tough day for me teaching wise. I am working with kids on non-fiction books (writing) and getting ready for reading. I showed the kids four different ways to write and a lead and why it's important in writing and reading. Because we had a shortened day, it was a little unconventional for the workshop agenda. I had them try a lead and reread their pages they had written already to try and add a lead. When we came together for a sharing circle...oh, btw, during our no walk, no talk..had several kids that got up and even interrupted me in my writing. During the sharing...only 4 kids had tried a lead. How frustrating. And this past week while I was conferencing for reading...one of the rules is to be prepared. That means having your notebook out to write down your questions (that's the strategy we're working on). How many kids had it actually out that I conferenced with? NONE! I sat the kids down on Friday and had a SERIOUS discussion with them. I told them I wasn't mad at them...I was upset with myself as a teacher because I don't know how to get them to do what I ask...Monday is a new day, but I would really appreciate any advice from you educators that read this. You have become a true support group for me and I enjoy the friendships and just knowing there are others out there!