Saturday, 26 January 2013

Student Empathy and Anchor Charts!

I feel like it's been forever since I posted. . . .maybe that is because this week was one of the longest I've had in a while! I hurt myself at soccer on Sunday and struggled this week, not only physically but emotionally as well, unsure of how bad I had hurt myself. I went to work Monday not only because I wasn't done a unit that needed a mark by Friday for reports but because I knew my kids would cheer me up. They did, and reminded me of why I love my kids. Their empathy and caring is unparalleled. Whether it is worrying about me walking around the classroom (when I should be resting my knee), discussing how we could raise money for homeless people(after we finish a shared reading) or spontaneously deciding we must honour Martin Luther King (after a read aloud) their empathy is amazing, in a time when many claim youth have none.

Where have I been? Report cards were due yesterday and I go in to a hermit mode, thank goodness for the support of my spouse! I basically teach, do reports and sleep the whole week, but they are done! Unfortunately there has been no blog posts so hopefully I can get back on track! I had an interesting week, ending with a visit from the superintendent to our school and a visit at another school in the county, it's always so cool to see how other schools and classrooms run things!

What have we been up to this week? We have continued our work on wind turbines as we try to write persuasive letters explaining our position. We started a new shared reading this week as a front load lesson before reading an article about protests, specifically Idle No More which has been in the news a lot. I scanned the pictures from the picture book in and got a copy of the text to give as a shared reading. I actually think my students were more engaged with a smartboard size pictures and a copy of the text to highlight/write on, and follow along. It's definitely something I'm going to do more of! I saw that some of the bloggers I follow were doing an anchor linky party. I wasn't sure how to join up but took some pictures of the anchor charts we used in our room the last couple weeks, they may be good ideas for someone! On a side note, if someone could show me how to link up to a linky party that would be super cool!

I can't get my blog to upload pictures so I'll have to do a whole post of pictures later!

That's all :) Hopefully back to doing a couple posts a week :)

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