This week was a continuation from last week.. The “I DON”T THINK I CAN DO THIS” week finally saw the light at the end of the tunnel. Or to better fit my title, we climbed the mountain and with satisfaction and smiling faces!
Last week I was trying to figure out how to get the students to revise and edit. They really just didn’t want to. I tried to figure out things to motivate them. One thing I showed them was a video from http://www.youtube.com
The students began to understand the importance of why we revise and edit. So my thoughts were, they just see the importance in it. They didn’t care about revising because they saw no point in it. After watching this short clip, they began to see how making it better can make a BIG difference. It took us all week to get everyone’s revised and just like the way they wanted it. I had students read theirs to other students like in the video and I had some students help others. Especially if I was having a hard time getting to everyone that day for conferencing. My early finishers were able to go around the room and help others with their writing. They would read their piece back to the friend and see if the actual author of the piece could catch anything he/she didn’t like.
Telling them the book would be in our classroom library excited them all. I heard…REALLY?!?!? throughout the classroom. Others were saying “I can’t wait to read everyone’s” writing” and “can I have one of my own?” I told the students I would make them a stapled, black and white copy to take home but the colored book binded version would be in our classroom library. I didn’t get to make the book at the end of this week yet because we had a few students absent and I wanted to make sure they had the same opportunities to revise and edit their piece so that it could be included in our final copy!
One of my most surprising and uplifting moments as a teaching this year is I had students that finished early say “can I go write in my notebook?” If that is all I accomplish with this classroom then I have to say I am very proud of myself and my students. At the beginning of the year it was like pulling teeth to get them to write 2 sentences. They just finished a major piece that took a lot of work and conferencing and rewriting and they still want to write in their notebook!
WE DID IT!
I will upload pictures of the editing as soon as I get back to my classroom!