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On School #13 Jump for Joy

Disclaimer: The names in this musing are changed to protect the “infamous.”

Several children were gathered around the me. They wanted me to check their projects. Martez was working on his Word Fam (family) “A” booklet. Jute was doing Spinner Addition. Kinsey was almost finished with her Group Daily News book. Kat was in the hot seat next to me.

It was Kat’s turn to be corrected. She was excited. Her 1,000 Club booklet was opened. She was on the last page. The kids write numbers from one to one thousand. I keep a careful eye to check that they make smooth transitions. Transitions like 9 to 10 or 29 to 30 are hard in the beginning. Some kids really have difficulty understanding how to write 99 to 100 or 499 to 500. But by the time they reach 1,000, they are all experts. When they finish 1 to 1,000, they do another book from 2 to 1,000 counting by 2s, then by 5s and last by 10s.

Kat had completed her book. She couldn’t wait to fill in her eighth square on the Project Chart. It hangs on the wall behind the conference table. The chart displays the projects each child has completed and tracks their progress. It helps them to know which project to work on next.

As each child completes a project, he or she goes to the front of the classroom to “jump for joy.” Everyone claps. Everyone cheers. It’s a time to celebrate accomplishments.

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April 19, 2010 - Posted by | Anything Writing, On School | , , , , ,

1 Comment »

  1. Donna, You must be the BEST teacher ever. What a wonderful idea “Jump for Joy” at the accomplishment of your students.
    I was remembering my first grade teacher. She had “Petey the Paddle”. If you missed a word in reading circle you got a swat on the bottom. I’m amazed that I love books and reading but to this day I hate reading out loud. No doubt jumping for joy is more effective.

    Comment by pattij | May 20, 2010 | Reply

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