Thursday, December 16, 2010

Making a choice

Today was tough. I am understanding now why routines and structure are HUGE in a classroom. When it doesn't happen, the class erupts into confusion and frustration.

I haven't conferenced with students like I normally do in writing workshop and today it showed. I have done lots of mini-talks with students, but not the way I normally do it.

Today, after they went to library, I took a few minutes and just slowed down. I lowered my voice when they came back and allowed them to work on what was needed. I pulled kids over to talk and work with them and kept a very calm voice. Surprisingly, that last hour with the kids was probably one of the best.

Now to remember that for tomorrow!

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