~4rd Grade Student
Students make connections to, with and through literature at levels far above their age. Over the past eight years, I have heard incredibly insightful and interesting comments. There are often a number of students ready to share their connection, but even on the days when I feel I have reached too far, there is inevitably that one student, in every class, who raises her or his hand and shares something beautiful and insightful; something that makes me smile and in some crazy way gives me hope. Readers are thinkers. Here's my thinking, "As long as we have readers in our society we will be okay!"
I do try, in my teaching, to allow everyone the time to reflect on a reading passage or book prior to the group share, either by having the students "turn and talk" or have a "knee to knee" discussion. This time enables those (like me!) who need that time to gather their thoughts. The days I feel too squeezed for time or am remiss and forget to give the students time to reflect, they still continue to amaze me with their thoughtfulness.
The Dot by Peter H. Reynolds with students this fall. It is one of those books that elicits thoughtful and inspiring comments. (see earlier posts: International Dot Day, Dot Day and Dot Thoughts).
Here are a few of my students reflecting on The Dot. Will you be hearing beautiful, insightful, inspiring comments? You bet.
(I have been wielding my flip camera and digital camera pretty freely, so excuse the video and audio quality.)
These readers are thinkers!
Celebrate Picture Book Month with a great book and see where it takes you (just like your "mark"). Thank you Peter H. Reynolds!