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.
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.