These links are interviews with educators, posts from our authors' and friends' blogs, and any interesting, newsworthy item from the past seven days. Check back each week for a new round of finds!
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On her blog Investigating Choice Time, Renee Dinnerstein revisited an entry on a "camping out" activity:
At our morning meeting, we couldn’t seem to move away from the topic of a classroom camping trip. They were just too excited, so I asked the children to talk to each other about what they knew about the forest and about camping trips. Then we had a class share. All different themes and concepts, seemed to present themselves: forest animals, dangerous animals like tigers and elephants, trees, flowers, bears, Goldilocks and the Three Bears, starry skies at night, camping gear like tents, sleeping bags, and flashlights, campfires, roasting marshmallows, etc.
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At Moving Writers, guest poster Maria Bartz presents six-word stories with a twist:
Planning for the first day is a balancing act. I want it to be fun, unique, and a truthful preview of what the school year will look like in my room. For the past six years of teaching, plans for the first day were a mix of icebreakers, quick review of the syllabus, and writing some sort of introduction letter, which they would finish for homework. It just never felt genuine or much like my classroom.
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And on Two Writing Teachers: a game plan for writing workshop transitions.
FIRST: Each child is strategically assigned to a writing partner. Personalities, dispositions toward writing, language fluency, as well as their strengths and next steps as writers are all taken into account. We often ask students to write us a note with their preferences as well. This partner may be the same partner for reading–but not always. Each partnership has a designated “Writing Spot” for writing workshop (see below). These writing spots might be at tables, or spread out around the room in comfy spots. Often, the partnerships choose the writing spot to begin, and then we ask them to stick with the same spot each day for consistency. Consistency helps make transitions smoother.
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Fellow Emeritus Jessica Lifshitz wrote about her experience with the first few days of school:
Most years, I worry that I will not be good enough. Most years, I worry that my first days of school will not set the exact right tone. Most years, I worry that my kids won’t be excited about the work we have ahead of us. Most years, I worry that every child will not feel seen, will not feel heard, will not feel loved for who they are within the first few days of the school year.
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Don't forget about our presence on Medium.com! This week:
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