Every day I am greeted by my 16 energetic, lively, and happy five year olds who love school! We have a sign and a stuffed Horton (from Dr. Seuss) as you enter our classroom that says, “A person’s a person, no matter how small” which fits my philosophy that all children have a story to write.
I am one of six kindergarten teachers at my school.
I have 16 kindergarten students in my classroom. Many of my students did not attend pre kindergarten so this is their first time to be in school. Some of my students are English Language Learners which means that their first language is not English.
Our school has approximately 720 students and 55% of our population is classified as English Language Learners. Over 79% of the student population is economically disadvantaged. Our school mission statement is “Together, we are leaders.” This mission statement comes from our status as being a Stephen Covey, Leader In Me campus. We practice the 7 Habits on a daily basis at our school.
These pens will help my students with letter formation and fluidity of writing. I had no idea they were that expensive because not only do I need black ones for writing, but the editing process needs to have the Paper Mate felt-tip Flair colored pens. Writer’s Workshop is a daily activity in kindergarten so the pens will be used every day. The advantage to having the pens instead of pencils, is to be able to see the child’s thinking. When children make mistakes using a pencil, they simply erase. I am able to see the thinking work that my students go through with pens instead of pencils. Cross-outs, attempts at solving a tricky problem, or the spelling of a tricky word can tell me so much about what my students already know and what they need to learn next. Pens enable us to teach our students and our school community that we value process as much as we do product.
My students love Writer’s Workshop because it allows them to move through the writing process at their own speed.
I am still learning more about teaching writing each year so this is a learning curve for both my students and I. I recently attended a Writer's Workshop training where I learned about these pens. I am already seeing confidence in some writers that I have not seen before. My students look forward to Writer’s Workshop and I look forward to the growth in their writing
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