Happy Saturday Morning Teacher Friends! At this point, I am sure we could all use a few more tricks up our sleeves to keep these kiddos motivated! ;)
Here’s a tip that will kill 2 birds with one stone…just a figure of speech, I promise. ;)My students are still working hard with reading and writing, but some of them are no longer working in their own notebooks! Students that are really producing good results are being chosen to create MODELS for me to use with my students in the fall!
For example, I have wanted to make Shared Writing Journals all year long and
simply haven’t had the time. I have read so many fabulous posts on the subject that I simply couldn't resist any longer! You can read what Holly over at Fourth Grade Flipper wrote about them here, and what Tara over at 4th Grade Frolics wrote about them here. I am sure there are tons of fabulous posts out there on these journals if you would like more information. Here is my version. I love Phillip Martin clip art so of course, I had some find some cuties for our Shared Writing Covers!
I explained that I needed a few really good samples in each book for my students to use next year…wink…wink! So, kids that are showing fabulous writing in other areas, are getting to made my MODELS for next year. ;)
My students are also creating binders for our classroom library with MODEL BOOK TALK responses (see post here if you like) for the students to use in the fall as well. This will allow those students to see what my current kiddos are reading, and just as important, see what my expectations are for BOOK TALK responses. My kids know that they are working on MODELS, so they know it must be FABULOUS work or I simply can’t use them…again, wink, wink!
So there you have it! My tip to keep fabulous work going, even when their sweet brains are already splashing in the pool, is to ask for help! They are still reading, writing, and thinking…but they don’t realize it. They just think they are helping me get organized and ready for next year! wink, wink! ;)
Enjoy your Saturday! :)