I wrote a post yesterday titled Sprinting to the Bus and you might want to catch it to understand today's writing.
Last night Lindsey Taylor left me this comment, "I didn't get many new students mid year. But I did once. And boy was it a struggle. For both of us. My other students had known me for years. They KNEW me knew me. He did not. I knew my students. I did not know him."
I read this three times and thought this is it. This is something I hadn't thought about. My worries are really about not knowing him. I was trying to get to know him through some assessments. I've gotten to know his academics a bit. There is some worry and there is some goodness. However, these assessments don't tell me about him as a person and they certainly DON'T tell him about me. I did ask a few general questions - he likes sports and has two older brothers. Again, I don't know what he knows about me. So you can bet tomorrow we are going to work together and I'm going to find out about him and share my answers to let him learn about me.
1. What is your favorite food?
2. What is your favorite ice cream?
3. When you aren't at school what do you like to do?
4. Do you have a favorite spot to read?
5. What is your favorite color?
6. Do you have any pets?
7. Do you collect anything?
8. What do you want to learn about?
I might even take the time to read one of my favorite books, The First Henry and Mudge. Maybe this will help me slow down and instead of sprinting to the bus we will visit about life and build a relationship.
Thank you Two Writing Teachers for fostering and organizing this writing challenge.