Slice of Life is a weekly event hosted by Two Writing Teachers.
I found this quote in A Handful of Stars by Cynthia Lord last week. It meant a lot to me when I read it because my daughter had just finished knee surgery. I thought about how we talk about being brave and being scared in the same sentence.
So even if you're scared, be a bit braver. Be brave for students.
* Allow time for students to read everyday. With you in the classroom.
* Take the time to talk to students about what they are reading.
* Look at the books in your classroom. Are they books your students want to read?
* Instead of spending money on worksheets and prepaid packets, spend money on books.
* Instead of having students fill in the blanks, have them write what they wonder, what they learned, what surprised them.
* Write with your students. Model for them instead of expecting them to do it right the first time.
* Use mentor texts to show how readers read and writers write.
* Allow time for writing everyday.
* Try #bookaday. Read for fun. Read to show good writing. Read to share your love of reading.
* Try having students respond digitally.
* Remember all students come with experiences. Their experiences aren't yours. Don't have the same expectation for every student.
* Don't teach the book. Teach the reader.
* Don't rush to assess. Watch. Observe. Talk with students. I bet you learn a lot.
What can you try this year? What is something you haven't tried yet because you were maybe a little bit scared to try? Be just a little bit more brave than scared. You'll learn something even if it doesn't work out.
Happy 2015-2016 school year.