I teach in a middle school.
As a caveat, I am not Jessica's ILA teacher; I provide intervention to Jessica in a small group setting. Typically, if she asks for help at all, Jessica emails me a few days AFTER the due date. But, not this time. It was a Wednesday night and the assignment is due this Friday.
I was blown away.
What is happening in Jessica's Integrated Language Arts (ILA) class that made her so engaged? Simple: through reading and writing workshop, her teachers are inspiring her. An environment for risk taking and success has been established, and this student feels it. She wants to please them and she wants to become a better learner.
Bravo to our seventh grade teachers for the inspiring work that they are putting in the hands of our students. Here are a few things that I've seen happening in their classrooms that may be exciting students like Jessica to keep reading, keep writing, and keep trying.
- Minute Reading: I was excited to be a "guest reader" in a sixth grade class to share, aloud, an interesting part of a novel. Students listened intently to Things Not Seen by Andrew Clements.
- Articles of the Week: Inspired by Kelly Gallagher, teachers are energizing students with authentic and relevant texts. Click here to see my previous post about the assignments.
- Sentence of the Week: Also inspired by Kelly Gallagher, students are looking at editng and revising differently, and teachers are looking for students to apply the learning into their writing.
- Writing Notebooks: Teachers have set up success for writers to experiment and take risks through the use of their writer's notebooks.