The past two weeks I have focused on getting routines in place. It is important that the children know what learning options they have to work on while I meet with small groups for text discussion. Last week we did points “for real” but since we missed a day of meeting due to the schedule changes from Wednesday’s Peaceful School Bus sessions, I knew they would not get their 100 points. Tomorrow I will go over points with each child as some will be in for a “shock”. I have learned quickly who is managing their time effectively and who will need to work on self-monitoring more.
Talk about text last week went extremely well! I had the children “grade” themselves on how prepared they thought they were on a scale of 10 and then after how much they think they “participated” on a scale of 15. I was quite surprised by how many were “hard” on themselves and rated themselves lower (so when you see their “lower” score, know it was their honesty!) Our discussions were rich and they were referring to specific points and examples in the text for “evidence”. It was quite exciting!
If you are interested, Miami Township TeleVision asked me to do an interview and then followed up with some action in the classroom (they taped during the AM 3rd grade group.) You can check it out at: http://vimeo.com/miamitownship