Everyday I look for inspiration from bloggers, authors, illustrators, songs and spiritual posts. The bits of wisdom I breathe in from their words give me the boost I need to feel and be creative and happy in my job. I needed just that boost in January when were headed back from winter break. Katie Keier's post titled: What Kind of Class Do We Want to Be? gave me the words I needed to help my kids take ownership of developing the teamwork we were headed toward as first grade learners.
My students led the way when we created own chart about the kind of class we wanted to be. We've been coming back to this chart for three weeks now and they love to talk about their ideas. I've noticed it has become a valued conversation when we think back about this chart. The kids are engaged and want to keep thinking about these ideas.
So, I decided to ask them which idea they would like to study (knowing I could tie this into reading workshop as we study the central message or lesson). Patience won with 12 votes.
I started to ask if they would like me to find some characters and books (and I need to check out some videos) that would help them think about patience but I was interrupted by their excitement...
We could read Elephant and Piggie Books! (Ella)
What about Waiting isn't Easy?! (Vivian)
I think Stop Snoring, Bernard. (Harvey)
What about Scaredy Squirrel? (Naysa)
I was thinking Brownie and Pearl? (Callie)
And that was that.
We will need each other to dig deeper next week.
(I can't wait!)