Just bought Jon Scieszka's Knucklehead
We had staff development on Monday, no school on Tuesday, and 2-hour delays on Wednesday and Thursday, so introducing CAFE to my classes this week kept getting mov3earound. In some ways though, the shorter time frame for each class was perfect for introducing the concept, or handing out materials, before our first regular day on Friday.
So here are the pros and cons from Week 1:
1. Students love the individual time I'm giving them.
2. They're very receptive to what I'm sharing with them and kind of eager to start reading with more focus. (We'll see if that lasts!)
3. I love having the chance to hear each of them read a little; it's really helpful. And with 76 kids, I didn't always get to do that.
4. So far it hasn't been too difficult to figure out what students need to work on. I was worried about that.
1. I'm supposed to keep these conferences to less than 3 minutes?!
2. Students don't always know what to do when they have questions. They don't know if the old rules for how to get help are still in effect. I need to teach that.
3. I hate to cut a student off when he/she is talking. One student talked to me for ten minutes about three different books he was reading. I didn't want to be the one telling him I couldn't listen because I had to move on to another student. He was so eager to share! But that seriously cuts into conference times! I'm hoping once we get into the rhythm of things, I'll be better at this.
MADE MY DAY!
One student came up to me after class and told me how much she liked that I was her teacher. She said she'd loved what we'd done that day, and couldn't wait to come back for more. How sweet. And how thoughtful of her to come up and tell me. Kids like that keep you teaching!
Have a great rest of your weekend!