Sometimes things happen in our classroom that simply must be shared with others. That is often true with good reads, rich discussions, authentic assessment and instruction…as well as the little unexpected things that come up when working with children! We wanted to create this page especially for you - to share some of the great learning that has taken place (even when it wasn’t pretty) that has made us sit up and take notice! Ahh Haa...
“It’s mid-October and my class still can’t sustain for more than 10 minutes! Last year, my class was reading to self for 20 by now!” Have you or a colleague ever said these words before? Our guess is yes!!!!
Our best piece of advice…Hang in there. Recognize that this class is unique and can’t be compared to “other” classes of the past. Just like parents of multiple children often parent their children differently, depending on their unique needs and strengths, you the teacher will want to teach to their individuality. Comparing what once was will only frustrate you and disservice your students.
If you are in need of support, find another teacher who can help collaborate ideas with you. Or, make use of our Daily Café site that features specific questions and answers, tips and video clips to help you and your students move forward.
Much like the individual child, each class is unique and brings its own set of challenges and joys. Hang in there and seek support...You (and your students) are worth it!
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