Each Saturday join Ruth Ayres to share and celebrate events from your week. Looking for small celebrations has certainly improved my outlook on my week. For that, I am certainly grateful to Ruth and all of you who choose to celebrate with us.
Today I am celebrating writers...my fourth grade writers. Last week was a great week in writing workshop. Not because it was perfect. Because we are moving closer to where I want it to be.
Our district fourth grade teachers focus on different writing each grading period. Last nine weeks it was personal narrative, and this nine weeks it is descriptive writing.
Each student chose a topic and wrote a descriptive paragraph. Many of them wrote about one topic and then decided to write about another one, giving them choices in which to publish. Celebrating choice!
This week was the first week we had writing partnerships. Talking to their partners and receiving feedback was so important. They began to see the importance of writing for a reader other than their teacher. Celebrating writing communities!
Finally we published the writing on Kidblog. We started the year using Kidblog, but again, it just wasn't where I wanted it to be. Many of their comments were what they would write on Facebook or other social media. I wanted this experience to be more authentic.
After reading the blog from Katherine's students last week, I knew this was something my students needed to see. Before they were ready to publish, I showed them the student posts and the comments. They were impressed by the writing and was finally able to see what good comments were supposed to look like. Celebrating publishing!
Here is an example of a descriptive paragraph written by Coleton, one of my students.
"I walked into the room and there stood Babe ruth. He was a very large and fat man with small arms and legs. He had a 5 inch cigar sticking out of his mouth, and a hat pulled down low by his eyes. His head had chubby cheeks, and fit right on his shoulders. They looked like boulders Right there stood the greatest hitter of all time."
Have a great week and may you blessed with many celebrations!