A Trickle of Output!
So, the saying that a “flood of input precedes a trickle of output” is dear to my heart. But output is fun, and motivating, and people like to see it. I had a debrief with my principal this morning and she informed me that here in my new school (last year was my first year), there is a perception that kids are just sitting around in class not learning anything. Well, we are not really LEARNING anything, we are ACQUIRING. So, I need to work on that perception. So, today, a week ahead of schedule, I took the kids to the library to write for ten minutes. Two reasons we went to the library: 1. There are tables and we have only chairs in the classroom and 2. I wanted to see what they can do with no recourse to word walls and such.
The mood in the library was wondrous. The students were amazed that after just sitting and listening and reading along, after not picking up a pencil and writing a single note all year, ever, that they could write! Here are some examples of their work! I was so proud of them. We are making portfolios for Parent Conferences. I look forward to seeing if the kids get stronger by next week. I suspect they will because they will have more sessions of input but also because they will be familiar with the task and also more confident.
French Two, who have had a year of input: