Yesterday was a good day. It was one of those days I left school feeling on top of my game . . . like I could teach the world!
Why was yesterday so great? Yesterday was all about the kids. They ran class and collaborated like professionals. Working in teams of three, students participated in a collegial discussion that could rival one at Murray State.
I witnessed students discuss a range of issues stemming from our reading of and about S.E. Hinton's timeless work The Outsiders. Each student assumed three possible roles: pilot, co-pilot, or tower control. Once roles were explained, students took off and began discussing questions we developed as a class. As a team, students collaborated to share information with one another and build on the opinions of others. Although a little uncomfortable at times (awkward silences are, well, awkward!), the overall discussion groups exceeded way beyond my expectations. I am both humbled by and proud of my students as they accepted my challenge, reached deeper than they've ever been asked to reach, and demonstrated true growth in analyzing a text and EFFECTIVELY using textual evidence to support their ideas.
Students, could you please share about yesterday's experience. What do you think about the 3-group setting? How do you feel about your ability to communicate in a setting like yesterday's class? How important to you is talking about a text versus just reading one?
Parents and colleagues, as always, please feel free to join in the conversation.
Thank you! I look forward to hearing from you.
I'm really excited to share journal writing with you guys
this summer. Please keep me updated with your progress. Try really hard to journal at least once a week (or more if you want). I'll be sure to keep you updated on our end-of-summer writing/reading party. Have fun and don't forget to tweet me @KimmyB96 #CCMSWrite.
When you're ready to update me, either comment below, share on Twitter, or both. Let's Write!
Kimberly Barrett, NBCT, Bachelor of Arts of English, Murray State University, 1996, Master's Degree in English, MSU, 2004
Blessed to teach since 1996, I spend my days doing exactly what I've always wanted to do . . . TEACH. I'm married to the sweetest man alive, Tim, and we have two beautiful babies, Marlee Rose and Beau Wilson.