We spent all day Thursday with our lit coach and the Literacy Coordinator for the district, taking a look at what CAFE should look like in a sixth grade classroom. We wanted to think through everything so that we'd be ready for next year. By the end of the day, I think all of us were on board with the idea. Only we wanted to try it this year. Now, even though it'd be new for our kids.
With sixth graders, and with starting mid-year, there'll be some things that need a quick review and we'll move on (at least I hope so!) But some things will require time, and I'm hoping that this will fill that gap that I've been feeling for a while with my kids. My biggest challenge has been to conference with my kids. I just don't get to it nearly as much as I need to. CAFE will force that issue for me, and because it gives each kid a focus for reading, I think those conferences will be more meaningful than the, "Talk to me about what you're reading" ones I've been having.
I'll keep you posted!
In keeping with the reading theme of this post, here's an idea I stole from ? pinterest? someone's blog? I really need to write these down! I know the hot chocolate "mugs" came from More Than A Worksheet and her Winter Break Reading Challenge.
What a fun time the kids had! They earned a marshmallow for their hot chocolate for every 30 minutes of reading they did over break. Because we had a couple of snow days interspersed with our return to school, we didn't get to do this until this past week. What fun! The kids had a blast, and SHOCK! I totally forgot to take pictures. I was having so much fun watching the kids read, talking to them about their books, and reading myself, that I forgot.
I'm trying to remember.
For those of you bloggers who remember, my hat's off to you!