Wednesday, March 29, 2017

sol17 #29: pinky promise

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Today in my 8th grade exploratory class, my kiddos were using a checklist to put the finishing touches on their reports. As they finished, they came to talk to me about it.

"Are you proud of your work?" I asked A, who finished first.

"Yes," he replied exuberantly.

"Okay, I just printed it, run over and grab it and then bring it back to me to turn in," I told him. He was on his way.

The next kiddo walked up to my table. "I'm done, Ms. Brezek."

"Awesome," I replied. "Are you proud of your work?"

A sweet smile emerged and she softly replied, "Yes."

"Okay," I told her, "go grab your paper from the copier and bring it back to turn in."

Class continued in this fashion for about thirty minutes. One of my kiddos (who sits in earshot of my table) was also finishing up a presentation with her group when I called out, "M, is your paper done?"

"Yes. But I need to resolve the comments on it, can you show me?"

"Ask the kids in your presentation group so I can finish conferring with J."

"Okay," she said, already interrupting the conversation to find out.

Five minutes later, J and I finished up and I called out again, "Okay, M, you done?"

"Yes. But....well, I'm not proud of it," she said as her eyes took another one-over on the checklist.

"So, if you don't print today, will you work on it tonight?" I have to ask this. Many times kids say they will, but it comes back the same.

"Yes, I will."

"Pinky promise?"

She smiled and stretched out her pinky towards me, but didn't walk up to me.

I said, "For real, pinky promise?" She nodded. "Well come over here and make it official then!"

She took her paper home. I'm hoping for eyes and a smile beaming with pride on Thursday.

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  4. Love this. Clearly, you have established a wonderful writing community where kids can honestly say their writing needs more work.



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