Greetings from deep South Texas. I look forward to connecting with teachers of English Language Learners. I have worked with the ELL Network, Project Outreach II, and the National Writing Retreat's Facilitation Team. I am here to share my classroom experiences, and to learn from you!
Today's Rose: For the last week or so, I've used Ralph Fletcher's story, "Statue," from Marshfield Dreams to lead the students into thinking about all that imaginary play that kids love to do. My list included playing Maestritas (teacher), Raspa Stand (a story about selling homemade Koolaid snowcones in plastic tupperware containers out of my kitchen window), and panaderia or bakery ( where I sold mudpies and mud cookies). Each student made a list of all their imaginary play, and picked one of the topics to write a story using the hamburger model. I thought this was a great resource to get my little ones writing. We have enjoyed it.
Today's Thorn: Not enough time to conference with students about their writing. Each class comes in with only 45 minutes. Will find a way to make it work. I wonder how high school teachers handle conferencing when they have rotating classes.