Fourth Graders Learn to Build Theories!In a recent training day with my fourth grade teachers, I shared my learning from Teachers College Reading Institute about developing theories from stop and jots in Readers' Workshop. I have been
My fourth grade son was working on his reading at home and we had a conversation that went like this:
Me: Hey buddy, what are all those notes sticking out of the book you're reading? Him: I write notes on these stickies about what I'm thinking when I'm reading. Me: Cool, let me read a few. Him: No, mom, you wouldn't understand.
Lesson #326 in parenting...
Your child's teacher > Mom (even if she is the reading coach)
Anyway, I was circulating through fourth grade classrooms last week capturing some photos and video for our Writers' Workshop night and just happened upon a brilliant closing share of Readers' Workshop in Jenny Nash's classroom. One of her readers had developed a theory she had been working on. Please forgive the AWFUL camera work. I am a hot mess without a tripod, but I knew if I didn't catch the moment I would miss out and so would you. So take some dramamine and enjoy..