Wednesday, October 10, 2007

Being a Community

Today during Writer's Workshop I was conferring with one of my sweetest cherubs. A little boy who is trying so hard to be a writer. He always has something to write but he is just not getting the adding on part. As much as I have mentored him it is just not happening. I was at a loss. Today... I look at my cherubs. I look at my other boy who can add on and on (and on and on ...). Now this boy, is a boy, he is smart, and loves to be the center of attention. Yesterday he got a "Today I did not..." note for his mom. He can be a challenge when he is at full throtle. During Writer's Workshop though he is delightful! Don't tell anyone, I think he may be a writer!!!!! Anyhoo... I say to the boys, "You know boy#2 is really awesome at adding more to his stories, boy#1 how about if you two go over there and have him help you add more to your story?"
Here's the thing:
Boy#1 shared later and his small moment was delightful. We all enjoyed the parts where he stretched it. He even mentioned that Boy#2 helped him, and thanked him!
Boy#2, beamed, blushed, and I didn't have any problems with him that day. It was really very cool. I might have uncovered a secret about boy#2 today, I will keep it and use it for the rest of this year...
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My day in numbers:
Number of kids who shared: 3
Number of kids I conferred with: 5
Number of charts made: 2 (Editing checklist, words we should know how to spell)
Things read aloud: 4 (How I Became a Pirate, Pirate Pete's Adventure, Social Studies big book, Today I Went Walking)
Number of lamps turned on/off: 7
Number of high fives given as they left to go home: 25

3 comments:

Jen Barney said...

Seriously... I think that we have some sort of sick ESP going on here... check out my blog- talked about COMMUNITY!!!

LOVE THE NUMBER THING... makes me wonder what I did in numbers?

katied said...

Sounds like a good day. Don't you love it when partnerships are successful?

Write On Kathy said...

You just did peer conferencing in first grade! There are 5th and 6th graders that haven't caught on to that yet!!! You just let the kids be kids and it works. How amazing. Keep it up, kiddo! Love the number idea. I will have to try that!