Tina what do you do for ssr?
I give them leveled readers like TPRS books and Reading A to Z booklets. And Scholastic magazines and some carefully curated authentic children’s books. I was making their class created texts into reading material for SSR but they weren’t as popular so I haven’t been doing that as much.
Class-created weren’t as popular? That is interesting. Thank you for updating us on this aspect.
Well, your mileage may vary. My kids are SUPER high readers for the most part and were eager to dive into the novels, magazines, A-Z readers, and the children’s books I have. We have a pretty decent library in the classroom so that may be a factor. I would definitely try the class-created texts before ditching them, for SSR. In fact now that the shine is wearing off the other resources, I might bring them back. The thing is, I want to type them up and have them look all nice. Maybe with kids’ illustrations in them. Might be a good sub plan!
This week I printed a lot of random stories for my French 2. For the class-created stories, I had other classes available for example: there were French 1 stories from current classes and from last year. I am mainly NT right now so I wonder how kids react. It seems like they enjoy it because I see them going back to the main folder reading story after story. I also told them that I will experiment with some readers soon.
I should know this by now but what is W n D?
Also, I love this Tina.. this is so helpful and so much of what you have written has made my teaching better every single day I go in. Plus now I have more time to read this stuff which last year somehow I never had time to do (and I was a worse teacher!) THANK YOU!
Oh Gosh.. can I take back my post.. just looked up to Stephen’s comment “Write and Discuss”. Duh Mindee
Of course looking at the title of the original article Write and Discuss might be a good place to start when looking for what WnD means! Boy do I feel stupid. So I’ll share. It probably doesn’t go here but I heard this on NPR last week and wondered if you all had heard this story:
Could someone tell me where this should have been posted.. Still a bit confused about putting something on the forum.. Thanks for putting up with me this morning.
It’s not you at all Mindee – websites are in general clunky things. But it’s the best we got. You are going over everything with a fine tooth comb. I guarantee you that it will pay off big time.
I’m trying this in approx. 90 minutes. I’m really nervous because I just can’t see my students thinking it is a worthwhile use of their time. I’m guessing they will try to get their phones out and do other things. It may come from my attitude and doubt, but maybe if I sell the process…I’ll let you know what happens. I have freshmen.
Jeff I hope you get this before teaching! I forgot to mention one really important detail. Before every WnD I tell them that to acquire L2 they only need to listen and read and this activity provides both. I tell them that I am perfectly content to be their scribe all year long, but that they have to LISTEN and READ. Nothing else, no phones, no talking, just listen, participate, and read. Then I tell them that we should not have to write, like copy the story down on paper for a grade, because it isn’t necessary for language acquisition. BUT that I have been a teacher for 14 years and so I have learnt a thing or two, about making sure kids do their part, and if I have to, if even one of them is not listening and reading, then we will ALL get out paper and copy the story and it will be for a grade. I tell them this is not my first choice cause I hate entering grades in the gradebook, but I will do it if even one of them is not attending, because I am thinking like the good shepherd who will go track down one little lost sheep.
And I tell them this every time we WnD. In a pleasant way, as a “friendly reminder”.
I did get this in time. Thanks for that Tina. My problem is that they all know that I throw their papers in the recycle bin all the time. They know my threat is hollow. Anyway, I did it. They were okay.
I only did the first two paragraphs (about 1/4 of the MT we did). Since we watched the same movie in all 4 classes, we did it 4 times, and finished the writing in my last class!
It took about 5-6 minutes. They watched mostly, but only a few contributed. I think a lot of it is because I’m sitting in the corner of the room at my computer. I could have a star student sitting there and walk around the room next time. That would be cool. And they would have to participate more with me breathing down their necks.
This is a super idea. Figuring out how to make it work best for me would make my life so easy. I’d save so much time.
All I do with the papers is recycle the good ones. Literally throw em in the bin as I sort through the papers. And the ones that are left get a D or F. So then I cab fill down As and go back and change the (usually small) stack of not up to par work. Shawna Wheeler taught me this. It’s a teacher miracle. Takes ten min to enter those grades.
That is awesome! Haha. Added to my repertoire.
You can also get a wireless keyboard and wireless mouse so that you could set up shop in the middle of the room or somewhere where you have more access to the students. I agree that it can be difficult to keep everyone “with it” when you’re at your desk in the corner of the room. If you had some sort of a pedestal/lectern you could even set it up on that.
Ooh! Love it! “…if I have to, if even one of them is not listening and reading, then we will ALL get out paper and copy the story and it will be for a grade. ”
Yes! I agree. Unfortunately I think this kind of consequence (copying on paper) is a necessary evil. I’m going to pull it out as needed!
I did it. One class failed. I told them though that there will be other opportunities to escape copying. My instructional coach came in and it looked good that the kids were all engaged. ::Wink-wink::
My other French 2 class today didn’t copy they hung on to the questions during W and D.
Reading your posts makes me long to get back into the classroom.
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