Today was my first day back in Mrs. Sutliff's class in awhile, and a few things have changed. Instead of working on math in the morning, the students are working on writing and reading, which is awesome to see! The students receive a checklist and it lists all the options they can do during this time, such as cursive, DEAR, writing and library, and it also lists how many times they can do them. But, before the students could start that, they had to do their spelling word activity and their short opinion piece. It was interesting to see the students working on different things based on their academic speed, but it was very effective to have the students working on their own things. One of Mrs. Hart's students came up to me and said that he didn't want to do anything, not even take a break, so I had to tell him a few funny stories to get him back in the learning mode, but once he did that he wrote a great opinion piece and finished his cursive. He did snip at me a little, but that is expected for a behavior student. He really is such a sweet kid. Another student, who has been having problems at home was repeatedly getting distracted doing his work, and Mrs. Sutliff set a timer, but that didn't work. The goal was to write 11 sentences with a specific spelling word. So, to get him to work, I bet him that I could finish before he did. And guess what, he finished them in less than 5 minutes and much faster than I did ;). I was so proud! I also got to buddy read with three different students, and their ability to read context clues is very strong, as there were some tricky words, such as cease, that they were able to figure out. One student taught the class how to say some words in Arabic, and I would love to eventually learn more about the culture and the language. It's spectacular to see what different students from different cultures can bring to the classroom!
The Map of the Learning World
Along with me as your tour guide, you'll also find I've added my daily journal entries, or blogs, to help guide you through the learning world. Feel free to check them out!