Friday, March 29, 2019
A little help from our friends #SOL19
I am participating in the Two Writing Teachers Annual March Slice of Life Story Challenge.
Sometimes we just need a little help from our friends.
Today, I was teaching parenthetical elements using commas, dashes, and parentheses. One class was just not getting it. I showed different examples from books they were reading, and I explained it more than one way. But it just wasn't clicking.
I called my assistant principal who used to be an English teacher.
"Are you in middle of something right now?"
"I'm giving an assessment, but what do you need?"
"I'm teaching parenthetical elements, and they aren't getting it."
"I'll be right down."
I knew she would jump at the chance to get back into the classroom. When she peaked her head in the door, I said, "You want to teach this?"
"I'm just going to sit right over here and watch." I sat down on my conference stool and watched as she seamlessly transitioned from the role of administrator to teacher. She asked a few questions, wrote a few examples, and gave more explanation. There was an collective "Ohh..."
At lunch I sent her an email.
I loved it!
I knew you would!
Yes, sometimes we just need a little help from our friends.