Long day, today. I am finally relaxing, but not completely, because in my mind is the one student who still has not completed (never mind revised or edited) the argument piece I need to score by Friday. How do some kids tend to always fall through the cracks? He has been absent, has been late, he hates to put his thoughts in writing. I feel I have not been able to get through to him how an informational piece differs from an argument piece in the less obvious ways. Everything seems obvious to this kid! So he does not say it. Maybe next piece. He did better in the informational unit than the narrative… Successes and failures of teaching. I find writing to be the hardest subject to teach. But things will change. Now our students start writing a lot and right from the start, in kindergarten. Eventually, they will love to write!
I wanted to do the SOL Classroom Challenge, but we were too “busy” this week. Our district “data collection” date is this Friday. But it’s never too late, right? I have the Slice of Life Challenge writing logs copied on springy yellow card stock, the parent letter almost ready, and the students’ Kidblogs ID’s and passwords created and ready to go! NO MORE SNOW! No more late openings, no more snow days! Next week is it! I know the kids will look forward to their daily small-moment writing, or at least, most of them.