Wednesday, August 25, 2010

Making progress....

Today we discussed the ways that we select books to read and made anchor charts to refer to when "shopping for books".

Also, we had conversations about: Why readers abandon books...

After our wonderful discussion, we practiced building stamina in our reading. At first, we thought we could try to read for 11 minutes, but ended up stopping it 10.
We then debriefed about what went wrong:
-Children were sitting too close to their friends;
-Some kids were looking at pictures and while that is ok, it is not ok to do it for the entire time;
-A few children were making noises such as "laughing" and "humming". We discussed how that could be distracting to others.
So, after we debriefed, we tried to read again. They were successful for the entire time! I'm so proud of these kids!!! In math, we tried to solve a problem using the PSM. It had some extra information in it, that surprised a few!

Our special treat for today was being able to go to Art at 12:30.
We concluded with a short video on classroom community rules!

Here are some rules that they would like to follow this year:
-Take care of materials;
-Keep our hands & feet to ourselves;
-Show respect to everyone;
-Have good manners;
-Ask for permission before doing something;
Raise your hand if you have something to say;
Treat people the way you would like to be treated!

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