Tuesday, October 30, 2018

No More Dreading {Slice of Life}


"This is really helping me with my writing!" said the visiting second grade student as we transitioned back to our classrooms in anticipating of packing up and going home for the day.  He wore the biggest smile and melted my heart.  

At the end of the day, I kept replaying this sweet smile, face, and heartfelt thinking.  After four days, I had helped this student.  This conversation is the best form of formative assessment.  A student feels empowered.  A student feels successful.  A student feels his transferring of direct word study help is transferring to his writing.

As I reflected today about this quick exchange, I realized I can no longer dread this chunk of time in my day.  Three days a week our grade level is to provide and plan for an intervention/enrichment block.  Students who receive ELL, multi sensory systematic phonics, and sometimes speech are pulled for services during this block and no new learning is to occur.  Three days a week I'm offering reteaching for students who need support with word study.  My teammate is offering enrichment for students understanding our word study unit focuses.  It can be frustrating at times to lose these minutes with my students.  In the past our plans or ideas were complicated and hard.  We tried to mix up our students across four or five classrooms.  This year we've simplified.  We've focused on what this idea is truly based on; reteaching to offer more time and different ways to see learning and enrichment to stretch our learners who need more than the "program". 

I am grateful for listening closely; for hearing eight little words that turned dread into meaning.


Thank you Two Writing Teachers for fostering this writing community.

8 comments :

  1. Sometimes I am amazed by the metacognition of students, to be able to understand how something like word study can help with writing. This transfer is huge. Keep it up! You're obviously doing something right.

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    1. I learned today he also shared in his class during writing workshop he could spell something because it learned it with me. Thanks for the positive feedback.

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  2. It is hard for us. So frustrating. And for students, it feels impossible. You've opened up so much possible for this little one. Success is the most valuable resource we can draw upon. Kudos to you both!

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  3. How wonderful that you have time for reteaching! So often that is overlooked. It's nice to see that opportunity being infused into the schedule.

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    1. Reteaching is overlooked and you are right, it's nice to have it in the schedule.

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  4. Time is just what some learners need for the concepts to sink in and take root. So glad he shared his joy of learning with you.

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    1. Time is a gift and we have to realize it's needed. Slow down the rush, I'm starting to put on repeat.

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