Saturday, June 29, 2013

Ending the 4th Grade Year with Six Word Stories

Not a fan of ending the year with parties and movies, I wanted to do a few reflective exercises to help my students realize how far they had come in our learning journey.

I gave the following directions as I left students with my assistant teacher: Write 6 word stories, either individually, or collaboratively, that reflect what you have learned.

Of course, hands popped up and a buzz traveled through the room:

"Can we write about.. anything?" .. "Yes!"
"Can we do more than one?" .. "Yes!"
"Can we do one on our own and one with a partner?"... "Yes!"
"Can we write them on the board and sign our names?" "YES!"

By this time, my students realized that I was giving them some choice in sharing their voice. I left the room for a meeting, wondering what I would find upon return, 30 minutes later.

They say a picture is worth a thousand words, so I'll let these pictures do the talking.

How did you end your year?


Unknown said...

Thank you for sharing! I end my year with a reflection on my teaching. I ask students to not put their name on the paper. Some do choose to do so. I promise to not read their reflections on my teaching for one month (hard to do!)
Since I am an English teacher, I often ask the students to create a metaphor about themselves to share with their next teacher. The teacher then has a beautiful creative product to create a bulletin board around with her new students.
Keep your photos!

Joan Young (aka Mancini) said...

Thanks so much for sharing, Suzanne! I love the idea of students creating a metaphor to share with their next teacher. What a beautiful way for them to introduce themselves and give that first impression. Thanks again!

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