This post in Education Week about deeper thinking titled “Would You Know Deeper Learning If You Saw It?”got me reflecting on a lesson I conducted in class today. This week, my students have watched a video version of “The ant and grasshopper” as well as a text version. They successfully identified features that were seen in both texts yesterday. Today, it was good to listen to and facilitate the small group discussions as students strove to identify features that were only identified in the separate versions. During the animated discussion, students were using their newly acquired vocabulary to argue and justify details and plot lines. Many were extremely precise in their observations and justifications. really proud of their achievement today.
There is never a dull moment in teaching is there? I’ve begun teaching a new level of students this year. They are about 2 levels up from my previous level and approximately at a grade 4 standard.
The main difference I see at this level is that the students generally have more confidence in speaking. They can communicate in most social situations and can articulate their basic needs. In writing, most are able to express their thoughts in a few simple sentences with some quite capable of writing a short paragraph ( with basic inaccuracies still evident). A few of the students are still reading at grade 2 level but most have no problem working with grade 3 and 4 level texts when their learning experiences have been highly scaffolded. And best of all… They can listen and comprehend lessons quite well.
Here’s to a new 10 week cycle!