Today we had lots of practice at Word Work. They loved it! After creating an I-chart we set off to work.
I gave them some choice: color words, or "at" words. Both sets were around the room for them to see.
We had 4 practice sessions. One with white board and marker. That lasted 2.5 minutes, until one special someone HAD to talk to his neighbor.
Next was white board again. This time 3 minutes before that special someone talked to his neighbor.
Third I pulled out some letters. They could choose white board or letters or a combo of both. 3.5 minutes until--you guessed it. That someone talked. The rest of the class was so bummed about not getting to keep working, but alas, must stop for his sake.
The fourth session I included the white paper and marker option. They hardly EVER get to use markers, I do not like them. They smear. They smudge. And they get on everything. So I was surprised that not all of them chose the markers. This time they went 4 minutes! Yep, my special someone is making gains and building his stamina.
They are excited to do this option again tomorrow. And me too. I want them to practice writing and reading the words that will be assessed in a short week or two.
I am slowly getting the hang of this first grade thing. But it seems that as soon as I get one aspect under control, another roars it's head and demands attention.
Recently under control: Aimsweb testing done yesterday (by me). Word Work.
Roaring head: What to do with that Aimsweb data. Learning the CCSS front and back for ELA and Math.