School Moments to Celebrate

My ESL newcomer has talked to me a lot in Spanish. He has repeated a lot of English. It was a GREAT moment this week when he shared his first independent communication in English- as he left my classroom, heading back to his grade-level classroom, he glanced back and said, flawlessly and meaningfully, “Thank you!”

(I was not the one who taught him this. I am sure he learned it because when I co-teach in his classroom, the teacher always prompts the class to say thank you when I leave after the lesson. I celebrate my colleague who seeks to teach values and good manners along with academics!)

A third grade project we have been working on this month began with reading Kate Messner’s book, How to Read a Story. We listed the kinds of books we like to read, where we like to get books (the school library rated high!), our favorite reading buddies (most admitted to reading to a pet or stuffed animal) and reading spots (under the covers was popular, but treehouse- probably just a dream, I don’t think many of these city dwellers actually have one- was the winning place). We reread the book and reread just the steps- practically shouting “The End.” (If you know the book, you will know why.) Then we made the plans for our own books. Everyone listed their own top five steps for reading. The day we used the plans to create our books was exciting. The room was quiet with concentration. The authors were so serious, working diligently and carefully to publish their books. It was a beautiful sight!

(Again, I celebrate the colleague in whose classroom I am co-teaching. She had created an environment where students are engaged and ready to learn.)

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7 Responses to School Moments to Celebrate

  1. Tara Smith says:

    I love that little peek into your classroom…and that sweet thank you.

  2. lindabaie says:

    I do love that book, Diane, and enjoyed the description of this special time with the class. And how great for the ESL student to use his English words to say goodbye. He must have been very proud!

  3. Leigh Anne says:

    Looks like I need to find this book so I will understand “The end!” Sweet celebrations, especially the thank you.

  4. crbrunelle says:

    I need to share this one with more teachers in my school. It’s such a wonderful gem.

  5. Such sweet celebrations this week! How wonderful to recognize your co-teachers too. Sounds like the perfect team!

  6. Terje says:

    How cool that you get to co-teach. This provides so many opportunities to learn about the students, to learn form each other and to celebrate together.

  7. Ramona says:

    Love this peek into your classroom of a beautiful sight of students quiet with concentration, working diligently to share their books. Thanks for sharing your literacy joy!

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