November 17, 2016

When Things Go South!

OK, if you decide to put all the stories for all the year on YouTube, sometimes things might just not go as well as one might have hoped.  In sixth period today, we had to stop the activity so I could make a new seating chart.  I had let them choose their own seats for the month of November, with the understanding that they might need to get put on a seating chart of my devising, should their focus go downhill.

Well, go downhill they DID today.  I thought, maybe naively, that because we were going to be looking at Bobrito (one of our One Word Images) who, thanks to the crocheted stuffed version of him that my friend Jillane made, was able to go to Disneyland with a student, they would be engaged.

They were engaged to a point but it all went downhill quickly.  Watch and find out how!

Part One
Part Two

My thoughts on why things went south:  I did not reestablish good listening norms at the beginning of class.  I need to go more slowly and be sure to point to the class rules EVERY TIME they break them.  I was more interested in the activity than their behavior.  I need to always remember that (as Susie Gross would say) discipline precedes instruction.

In the next period, we crested a story together with a character we created as a One Word Image, Dudelier.
Here it is

In French earlier in the day I told them a French version of the story I wrote for Spanish, on the science test.
Part One
Part Two.


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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,

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