Hi, friends! Long time, no communication -sorry. It seems like it’s that time of year…but hopefully, I am hitting my first-grade stride and will be making more appearances here. 😉
About to start our 6th week of school, my first-grade friends are gaining more independence each day. As I have started full-blown guided reading groups, I’m trying to maximize the time I can spend with my budding readers. Therefore, I try not leave the guided reading table when I’m with a group. Still, I struggle with not immediately ‘correcting’ or reminding friends working throughout the room when I see things that aren’t ‘just-right.’
To combat this ‘immediately’ react feeling, I have shifted into a more proactive mindset using plastic pockets
from Amazon. I put a white sheet of paper in the sleeve (just to create a blank background), draw a plus sign and a delta (to stay with our school’s plus and delta reflection routine), and keep a dry-erase marker by my side.
As I am teaching and reading with students, I ‘take notes’ on the happenings of the classroom. When I see great successes (like a friend successfully logging onto Lexia Reading – woohoo) that need to be celebrated, I make sure to include them on my sleeve. When I see that friends are struggling pushing the headphones all the way into the iPod Touches (making the audio spread throughout the classroom), I record it as a delta – something we want to change.