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And now...the rest of the story.
If you read yesterday's slice, you might remember that I was pretty frustrated during my writing lesson. I thought we were doing really well, thought the kids were on track and ready to go, and really, the weren't even in the ballpark. There was reteaching and discussion to try again. There were deep breaths to take. We started over. We made it through and were ready to tackle writing to a prompt today.
The bad news:
I have all of 4 students (out of 18) who consistently use spaces and punctuation when writing. It's March! I'm beginning to feel the end of year crunch on my shoulders and as I walked around and looked over shoulders today, I was a little disheartened to see so many who has so far to go with conventions.
The good news:
We began to write our bowling stories today and most of the kids remembered their plan from yesterday. The ones who forgot quickly remembered when given the chance to talk with a partner. As they shared their plans with their partner, I heard many children ask what details their partner planned to include in their story. They seemed excited to go off and start the drawing and writing. Most kids worked quietly while a few who have lower stamina levels needed a few reminders to stay on track. Many kids could be heard stretching out words and listening for sounds. Many kids had their mini word walls out and their letter charts at the ready. It was productive and there was a content buzz that filled the room. It was a good writer's workshop day!