Wonders of the Week
March 3, 2018
Curriculum time- Using the Study Group Protocol, the teachers dug in to accountable talk. Team run study all the way. First we watched some videos of accountable talk, consider the scope of our study, read some, then planned some.
Giving ourselves accountability and visibility, we set goals for ourselves and the work we do with students. Our EL coordinator created this wonderful and powerful display.
Midweek, treated to some first grade expert writing. You can wear dresses everywhere, even to the horse stables, but especially to a picnic.
Thursday, talking book clubs and new unit of study during scheduled 7:30 am chat with a third grade teacher. Planning together and then teaching in tandem strengthens our work.
Late week, observed a lesson. Side benefit enjoyed some kindergarteners retelling the story of the Three Billy Goats Gruff using homemade props.
Today, teared up at the tenacity of this third grade newcomer’s genius project presentation. She taught me all about Pandas with a moments hesitation. The third grade class also presented to their first grade buddies and their next door neighbors. Learned about helicopters, tsunamis, Spartan spears, parrots, allergies, and more.
Their poise, creativity, language skills, and enthusiasm are what learning can be at its best.
To round out the week, was able to see teacher ideas at work. Accountable talk in full swing. Why did that bear and hare in Tops and Bottoms decide they wouldn’t work together anymore?
How did that work out for them? Partners listen, ask questions, and form theories. Engagement and energy sky high. This is memorable learning in grade 2.
And these are just the moments I photographed.
Hope to see some of you this morning in New York at the reunion!