I want to focus on my craft to be inspired and to inspire excellence in educators in order to cultivate and motivate inquisitive students through collaboration and positive conversations.
I like to begin my posts with my purpose, my why. Unfortunately educators are leaving the profession in droves. According to a February report by the National Education Association, "A staggering 55 percent of educators are thinking about leaving the profession earlier than they had planned." There are many reasons for this exodus; from uncontrolled student behaviors, lack of support, and financial. I just completed my 25th year of teacher and have no plans leaving this profession. As I reflect on the question "why" I quickly respond with "because I still get excited when I see the light bulb go off in a student". How do I keep excited and focused on my purpose, my why? I focus on the positive, build relationships with my students, parents, and colleagues, and I strive to learn something new every year. The last point is the purpose of these blogs. I plan to share one strategy, best practices, classroom "idea", a month with the hopes that you try them. In turn, I would love for you to share what works for you!
This month we will focus on Reciprocal Teaching.
Reciprocal Teaching is an activity where students "teach" in a small group setting. Each student takes on a role: Predictor, Clarifier, Questioner, and Summarizer.
Reciprocal Teaching is just one strategy I use during my reading block. To keep this "exciting" for students we alternate this with other strategies. There are many videos to watch prior to trying this with your students. Some videos are listed below.