Ruth wrote about goosebumps the other day – I got them the same day – I hope they are contagious!
I didn’t intend to quiz my students about what they know about writing. It just sort of happened.
I, too, have been using my students as peer models for each other more and more as the year progresses. On Friday, I invited Alisha to come up and share her writing. Talking about her story and how we worked together was to be the “set up” for the work of the day.
She shared her story and we discussed how she drew herself and I drew myself and then we each added a detail for the story of us dancing to music. Just before I was about to excuse partners to their tables to draw, I held up the little checklist I use when I confer with them. I only meant it as a reminder of the things I talk to them about when they are writing – not as a quiz about what they know.
“Remember this? It might help you remember what to put in your stories.”
“Yes, it helps you know how to do quality pictures.”
“By telling you to have characters.”
“Like if you’re outside or inside.”
“And how you’re feeling.”
“And what you say.”
“And to write.”
I am not kidding. My students said all of those things with those words (yes!) with the single prompt of holding this card up!
And I have a witness! My principal surprised me by coming in for the lesson. His eyebrows were doing a dance!