It’s Saturday. Time to celebrate the week with Ruth Ayres here.
I’m glad it is Saturday. This week I am celebrating reading, writing and learning.
One of my students recommended Brian Selznick’s Wonderstruck. I still haven’t read The Invention of Hugo Cabret, and I’m finding the author’s style, book format and story fascinating. Another reason I like it is that it is a “big” book that looks the way a late elemntary student who hasn’t read many “big” books, would want their books to look. The pictures allow the reader to move through the book without feeling bogged down. And that helps the reader feel successful. I keep going back through the pictures, and I will admit that at least once I’ve zoomed ahead with the illustrations. The parallel story lines present lots of challenge and possibilities- I still haven’t figured it all out. I l celebrate that a student suggested it, and then another student lent it to me, and now the three of us are having lots of conversations about the book.
I’m still tinkering with this poem, but it felt good to write it and especially good to get feedback from friends. I had a chance to write about my OLW this week, and I’ve been doing lots of writing in preparation for a presentation at the Virginia Association of Independent schools on Monday. I’m actually looking forward to starting on narrative reports for my reading students. And I have an idea for a book…
Our Fridays at school are becoming clearer, stronger and more productive as we all learn more about student intiatated learning, the process, the planning, ways to share, how to develop meaningful questions… Yesterday I had a chance to work one on one with a third grader who has been researching the story of Oak Island. Confession: I did not know a thing about Oak Island. He taught me so much. Together we figured out that he needed to round out some of his information, and we grappled with how he might present what he’d learned. I showed him some possibilities for presentation, and he settled on creating a Power Point. Now he is learning how to organize his findings into a slide show thatn he will share with his classmates, and I am helping him learn the ins and outs of Power Point.