Last week, I asked the students to finish this sentence, "We are a community of..."
I asked the students to reflect on their previous years at Mason-Rice and their experiences in the library program. I am exceedingly pleased that they used active expressions that demonstrate that they see the library as both a place where they not only consume information, but also produce it.
Here are some of their answers:
There will be more on this lesson in the next post, but, instead of focusing on classroom rules, I wanted to place the onus on the students in a different way. I wanted them to think about how they wanted their classmates to view them as learning partners and members of our community. I did not model any words. I gave them a few minutes of think time and then listened to their responses. I had this same conversation with nineteen classrooms of students grades 1-5.
Here are some of the responses they shared:
Two great weeks that go well together!
I think the traits that they hope others see
enables us to achieve such an active learning environment.
I created two window displays in our learning area. I hope that by seeing these two windows, the students will be reminded and inspired to be all that they can be and all we can be together.
(* During the first week, I wish I had put more of a focus on the type of community we can be as opposed to the type of community we are.)