I have written before about how important the word YET is in the lives of my students. Well in my life, too, actually. Even though it’s only the third week of school, I’ve already found many opportunities to help kids change their words from totally negative grumblings of “I can’t do that” to “I am not great at that….yet!”
And so like I’ve done with previous classes (this is one of those beginning-of-the-year activities I left pretty much the same because it works for almost everyone!), we talked about caterpillars and butterflies in relation to the idea of “yet.” And then we got busy being creative!
After our butterflies were dry, we worked on adding a goal to them using this stem:
It was interesting to see what kinds of things kiddos wrote; some were related to things in school (like reading, writing or art) and some were about other things like bike riding, cooking, and some were applicable to all parts of life, like waiting or listening. I’m excited to watch as these caterpillars develop into beautiful butterflies and they see their “not yet” become NOW!!
**On a side note…the pictures from our work time were taken by Ms. Mimlitz (a FABULOUS teacher who works with us in 1st grade!), and may seem different than the ones I usually post. I asked her to take care of documenting this activity because I was busy helping out as they worked and it was so interesting to see how someone else “sees” what kids do. The process was so much more beautiful through her eyes; I realized my pictures never have kids faces, just them working. I had chosen to do that purposefully in order to highlight the thinking, working, creating, PROCESS, etc., instead of interrupting kiddos to cheese at the camera….but as I see that the photos she took are so much more interesting to me, and I can see the JOY of the learners as they are working (I appreciate this as a teacher, but also with the parent hat on–I know I love to see the faces of my own kiddos smiling back at me on the screen!). Now that I am reflecting on it, it makes me wonder how I’ve never connected the fact that the absence of students’ faces has meant that a HUGE part has been missing! Seems so simple but such a big deal…I am there for those precious kiddos, and I WANT to see that they are both busy and enjoying themselves! As I go forward, I will be looking both at what they are doing as well as HOW they are doing it. Thanks, Ms. Mimlitz for helping to open my eyes to seeing my students and how I share our stories on our blog in a different way!🙂
What do you see when you watch your kiddos working? Did you notice the difference in pictures? How important is it to involve students’ faces/expressions in the storytelling? How do you involve students in the documenting and recording? I’d love to hear your thoughts!