Yesterday was amazing here in Pennsylvania! My students have been referring to this trip as my Transylvania trip! Ha!
This trip started a little rocky... I got to the airport in St. Louis to find out that my connecting flight through D.C. had been cancelled due to weather, but they could get me to Harrisburg by 2:00pm on Thursday...AHH!!! I was due to start my presentations at 9:00am. Pan-ic! Thus began the geography lesson I WISHED I would have payed attention to. After involving the entire ticket agent counter at United Airlines, we decided that I could fly to Allentown and rent a car to drive to Harrisburg (like... less than 100 miles away). That would get me to my hotel room by 2:00am-ish... I can do that!
Delay, delay, delay... My flight landed in Harrisburg at 3:00am-ish, the Hertz guy STAYED 3 extra hours to make sure I got my car (love him), and I made it to my hotel and was tucked in by 5:00am.
Seriously! I can NOT make this up. I felt like I was IN one of THOSE movies.
Here is what I learned... Pennsylvania teachers and Hertz rental car guys are AWESOME!
One of the things that I have started in my class was adding a micro mini-lesson to my writing. After I have finished my whole group mini-lesson, I invite a few students to stay on my carpet so we can do some goal setting or reteaching. I try to group the kiddos who have similar needs.
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Here is what it look like!
I laminate this page and write on it with an Expo marker. It is easy to update each day. As you can see, I meet with them on the carpet one day...then the following day I confer with them. In this way, I can follow up on the goal they set. It helps the student and me focus.
We are almost done with unit 6 of our writers workshop series. This upcoming unit will be on zooming in on smaller narrative stories.
**Book making is introduced
Have a great Friday!