After much thought about all the possible words to be my one little word I’ve finally found one. It needed to…
- be actionable and visible
- promote collaboration, questioning and creation
- foster a love of reading and writing
- strengthen the classroom community
- ignite passionate and meaningful work
I choose wonder to be my one little word.
- because that’s what readers really do
- because it leads to exploration and learning
- because it can be seen as amazement or engagement
- because it gives permission to go places we otherwise might not go
- because that is the name of a book we love
2014 — WONDERINGS
Inquiry Work in Reading – I’ve just begun to look at how students process read aloud. I wonder can students identify their thinking processes during read aloud and then transfer some of that thinking towards independent work. I’m wondering what could bring the read aloud’s high level of engagement and deep level of thinking to their individual reading lives.
Poetry Connections – Inspired by Mary Lee Hahn, Steve Peterson, and Vicki Vinton’s call for poetry, I am pushed to a place I’ve avoided. I wonder why I have overlooked poetry, particularly when I think about all of the potential it offerers in terms of language, craft and engagement.
But I’m working on it. I’m looking for the those poems that resonate in my heart. Peeking at Poetry Friday posts and commenting on a few. My antennae are up. While I’m embarrassed to discover this hole in my literary world, I’m excited to learn alongside my students.
Deepening Student Blogging – I have learned so much from blogging and I want my students to experience that same growth. I’m wondering if we could connect student blogs out there for a student Tuesday slice in preparation for the March monthly challenge. Any takers for January and February?
Students Blog, Why Not Teachers – I’m wondering about blogging with my colleagues. Just to start, perhaps one day a week teachers could investigate one blog. We could gather around our laptops in room 5 and read a few blogs. Talk a bit and maybe a post a comment. I wonder if they’d catch the bug.
Wonder Across Grade Levels — As the new year starts, I wonder what is going on in other classrooms at my school. I wonder if my colleagues would want to enter my classroom and observe with wondering hearts and find at least one little thing to help to help me grow and one little thing that could help them grow. I’m wondering if I open up my classroom, inviting wonder, will others do the same.
Here’s to a year of wonder.