Today I was feeling refreshed and ready and then my apple was gross. So now I'm mostly just bummed. The problem was that I was really hungry and really looking forward to that apple. Now I will have to subsist on a protein shake and Diet Coke to survive until 11:30. I know, I know. Woe is me.
Today is day three! We're playing a new game at Morning Meeting because A) Who doesn't like a little variety? and B) I'm TERRIBLE at Duckie Wuckie. Today we're playing Incorporations in which the students group themselves based on categories I set. I'm hoping I'll have better luck during this game!
This morning, during our journal time, we had about three minutes before we had to get ready for breakfast. They had been so quiet and focused, that I said they could have some free time. Two of my goofy boys looked up and immediately said, "Can we work on our stories?" WHAT?! They are so excited to write what they want to write that they are willing to use FREE TIME to do classwork, which tells me they don't think of it as work. My point is, I've succeeded and we could literally accomplish nothing the rest of summer school and I'd be happy. #BolteOUT
Writer's Workshop: I'M ADDING ON! They've now had two days to write independently and have little accountability. I wanted them to practice stamina and focus for that time so I wasn't too concerned about what they were producing. I'm going to add on Status of the Class to our Workshop today so that students can get an idea of not only that everyone is at a different stage in the process, but also what all the stages might be. I worked with the students first to create an anchor "chart" of the different things they could choose for Status of the Class. I intend for the chart to be changeable so that we can add things on as students find different things to work on in their writing. So far, we've got brainstorming, drafting, checking (revising/editing), and publishing.
Our mentor text is King Bidgood's in the Bathtub. It's a repetitive rhythmic story. It has many repeated phrases, which is a common picture book technique. I know that a lot of students are working on picture books themselves, so I thought this would be a new tool for them. The book ALSO has a young boy who eventually solves the problem of getting King Bidgood out of the bathtub by thinking creatively about the problem (SNEAKY LEADERSHIP LESSON!).
Reader's Workshop: We've read two books about kids feeling left out, so today we're reading A Sick Day for Amos McGee, which is all about animals at a zoo working together to help their favorite zookeeper. The students thought it was a cute story and were able to make connections between the past two books we have read and this one. They easily connected the themes of friendship, helping others, and being kind with all three books.
They were very interested in the red balloon that appears on most pages of the book. It was such an interesting observation that I hadn't noticed. Anybody have any ideas?
What Miss Bolte is Reading: I'm reading a professional book today. I went to the conference on this book (it was great!) and I was excited to read it right away. That was three months ago. Yeesh. Summer and silent reading time is the perfect opportunity to get going on this! I'm also planning to continue reading this at school for the next few silent reading sessions so that students see the same book in my hands as a model for sustained reading. They have been so excited about reading and writing on their own that I haven't had any of the "Can I go to the bathroom?" - "Can I get a new book?" - Chatting with Friends - issues that go with independent work time, which is great for my uninterrupted reading time!