Report from the Field – Jolynne Gallant

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3 thoughts on “Report from the Field – Jolynne Gallant”

  1. Yeah after four kids their interest will dwindle. My position now on the cards (I like the term “name tents”!) is to take a card on a journey around the star. I sent you those books so they will explain that. When I first introduced Circling w Balls/ Card Talk to the CI community over 15 years ago, ppl thought that you just kept talking about the them, but yeah it gets boring quickly. The books you have will fix that. And thank you for your report!

  2. Yes ANATTY will help organize things but it was written in 2017 and is a bit of a monster. So many details to keep up with. There are now too many books honestly that I’ve written w too much information to get a sane and balanced start to the year. But the latest ones are the best and so I suggest you explore that drawing talent in your kids with them. Sorry about the too much information part but what happened was that each time I finished a book over the past 12 years I wasn’t happy with the confusion level but now I know I have written THE books that don’t confuse, are my best, clearest and easiest to follow, so finally I can say that. Keep us posted.

  3. Alisa Shapiro-Rosenberg

    I was doing a similar circling with cards-like activity with my 3rd graders today. They were asked to do 2 drawings last time (abt 12 min total to do them) – one of a favorite place from the summer, and the other, of themselves doing something they love at that place. My example was a stick- figure drawing of my bedroom, and the flip side was of me reading in bed. I told them that in the summer I love to stay up very late reading! I hardly ever stay up really late during the school yr…
    (I also wanted to make sure that kids who didn’t have a fabulous or exotic place to offer up would feel comfy with something ordinary).
    Then I interviewed a volunteer artist/student. I put her pic under the doc camera and started asking easy yes/no questions. Student/Class: Are these mountains? (yes.) Class, does Illinois have mountains (No.) Is this a picture of Illinois? (No). It was a guessing game with visual clues. Then once we ascertained the place (Chile – a native spkr) and some details abt the specific place, I flipped the page to the ‘activity’ illustration. It had the kid doing something – like swimming at the beach or in a pool.

    Next – & this is an innovation I’m experimenting with – I bought 2 IKEA raised chairs this summer- and a 2nd kid came up. He sat next to student #1. We put his picture under the doc camera, started asking similar y/n questions, then I immediately started comparing/contrasting the 2 Ss and their places/ activities. I did not preview the drawings or intentionally pair up the kids. Totally random.
    We did this whole single/double interview for abt 15 -20 min, then we got up, stretched, switched locations in the classroom, and I started asking/generating written text. With my c’ter on my lap I started typing up the interview info, projecting onscreen from across the room. Every so often a volunteer read the accruing text (sentences are stacked and double spaced) – or we read chorally. We are building toward a class book – 2 oral-then-written student interviews at a time.
    We already have the illustrations for the class book ready to go from the initial drawing task.
    I hope to continually affirm/negate, compare/contrast, insert myself (or other Ts), tally and summarize with each new pair of Ss. 2-at-a time takes some of the heat off e/ kid, allows for broader language, & shortens up the project. Next class we won’t spend the whole 30 min on it unless they’re really into it. Then we will. It was engaging for one of the first ‘massive auditory input’ sessions.
    From a formative level I could tell that my past Ss retained A TON from last yr. There were lots of visual supports for the new move-in kid who never had Spanish before,. though I thought his brain might explode by the end.

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