This week I learned, from class conversations, that I need to step back a little more let the students have the floor. Recording the students and myself made me realize that my kids can do the sharing all on their own. They can take the responsibility of sharing and asking classmates to share their thoughts!
Before, I was letting the kids share and do some discussing after, but I led the students and called on them to speak. I did step back a lot more last week than I ever thought about before but this week I didn’t lead anything they did. The student sharing even called in the next student to share!
I also read two mentor texts this week! One was Nothing Ever Happens on 90th Street by Toni Schotter and When Lightning Comes in a Jar by Patricia Palacco. The first story was to help them realize that stories are all around them! Some students were saying they couldn’t think of anything more to write about so I wanted to show them that stories are all around us! The second story was to help add descriptive words in our story. We talked about all the describing words that Patricia Polacco used.
I had almost all of my students wanting to share their writings this week! They were even arguing about who was going to go first, second, third, and so on! Major accomplishment!!!! Even some of my struggling writers were asking to share. One student, who struggles weekly with wrong was asking how to spell certain words and most of the time I just tell them to focus on their writing and not their spelling. His exact words back to me were “but, I want to make my writing really good.” This made me so happy!!!!!