October 27, 2016

J-Cat el Gato to the Rescue!

So, I have been having a difficult week emotionally.  At lunch today, I cried to a friend at school about my struggles, and I was all set to take my kids to the computer lab and do some Sr. Wooly to provide them with some interesting input based on high-frequency words and even common textbook chapters (Like, “No Voy a Levantarme” is obviously targeting reflexive verbs.) so I could just wipe my eyes in peace.

But then, with like two minutes left till sixth period, I was like, “NO!  If I believe in my teaching, and I am fighting for my teaching, then I should go TEACH!”  And teach I did.  I even filmed it.

Watching the video later, I realized one would never guess that just ten minutes before the film began to roll, I was in absolute tears in another classroom.  Because this way of teaching just BRINGS THE JOY.  The minute I said, “¡Hola clase!” and they responded “¡Hola Profe!” I just felt happy and calm and glad to be there, reveling in what I once read Ben call their “startlingly-creative ideas.”

This series of videos starts yesterday with a five-level story based on an Invisible that a student in class drew back in August.  Today it continues along with a review of the artists’ work and then we digressed into a discussion of kids in class and what number of cats they have.  Unfortunately, then we ran out of memory and so there is no video of the rest.



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About Lanny Ball

For more than 23 years, Lanny has taught, coached, presented, staff developed, and consulted within the exciting and enigmatic world of literacy. With unyielding passion and belief in the possibility of workshop teaching, Lanny has worked to support students, teachers, and school administrators around the country in outgrowing themselves as both writers and readers. Working first as a classroom teacher, then as a coach and TCRWP Staff Developer, Lanny is now a literacy and reading consultant in Northwestern Connecticut. Outside of literacy, he enjoys raising his three ambitious young daughters with his wife, and playing the piano. Find him on this blog, as well as on Twitter @LannyBall. Lanny is also a co-author of a blog dedicated to supporting teachers and coaches that maintain classroom writing workshops, twowritingteachers.org.

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