During the past month I’ve been helping a grade 5/6 teacher with a writing unit, exploring the world of children’s picture books: What favourite books were etched in the students’ memories. Why did they love them so much? What made a children’s picture book so engaging? And discussions about repetition, rhyme, unusual adjectives and other “ingredients” found in everything from Robert Munsch to Jan Brett.
It was an exciting session. And the kids loved it. We took a good long look at various picture books, talked about what made the books special, came up with very imaginative ideas for stories, and wrote our own. I have never seen a class so keen.
In the ultimate test, they shared their book with their Kindergarten reading buddy to see if it was “kid approved”. They all passed with flying colours.
So, a big tip of the hat, a salute to a job well done, a toast to a fine accomplishment. Who knows, maybe, just maybe, one or two or three of these students will make their name as a writer. And to think, it all started here.
This is definitely something to enjoy for everyone in school. I know that students and teachers do not really get along all that well at all times, but this is a good thing. We are able to communicate better, and that is what really matters. As a teacher myself, I can understand the hardships that come along with talking to your students, and to be honest, this is what I can see happening. I hope that this continues to go well.
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