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Subject: a "Yay" story
Date Posted: 1/5/2009 9:32 PM ET
Member Since: 6/30/2006
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A couple years ago I took on the task of helping every student in one 2nd grade class turn one of their stories into a "book".

I helped each of them choose which of their stories that would make a good book. I helped them divide it into "pages". I conferenced with them regarding the formatting of the book: should the words go on the top, or the bottom of the page? They chose what color of cardstock to use for the cover. And whether the cover picture would be drawn right on the cover, or on white paper and glued to the cover before it was laminated. etc.

One boy, not the top of the class (more toward the lower end of achievement, but full of spirit), had a Christmas story. It included the line: "Yay, Santa!" He spelled it like this: Yaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaay santa!!!!!!!!!!!. In his rough draft "Yay" took up about 5 lines of hand-printed 'a's.

When I typed their "book" pages, I told each student to check each page, to make sure I had gotten it right--to proofread it-- before illustrating that page. When I typed his "Yay, Santa!" page, I edited it down to about 20 'a's. I figured that was plenty. This lad became one of the few actually daring enough to tell me I had done it wrong. He told me that I had not used enough 'a's, nor had I used enough exclamation points. He wanted it very emphasized and enthusiastic. He said, "Like this, 'YAAAAY, Santa!!'" (long and drawn out and very excited)

I was really pleased that he (particularly) would take ownership of his own writing like that. We agreed to add a certain number of both 'a's and '!'s.

It was interesting to watch his academic growth after that. He became a very eager learner, and when I visited their classroom he would come up to show me how good is was at regrouping, or some other new skill.

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Date Posted: 1/5/2009 10:27 PM ET
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K. J.,

That is a cute story.

I was "Picture Lady" with my DD's school for a number of years.

One time I talked about portraits. I bought reproductions of portraits by famous artists.

I talked about the way the person whose portrait was sitting, or standing, their way of dress and hairstyle, what other objects were bought into the picture with them, the lighting, etc.

After my 15 min or so talk, I had the children draw their own portraits of their teacher.

I collected all the drawings and put them in a scrapbook, along with a picture of each child (as taken by another mom who helped me), and put them in a scrapbook for the teacher at the end of the year.

I still see the teacher's on occasion. They always tell me how they still have their scrapbooks and still look at them from time to time.

Last Edited on: 1/5/09 10:31 PM ET - Total times edited: 2
Date Posted: 1/8/2009 3:51 PM ET
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What an awesome story!

For my b-day last year, which was the most difficult year of my life medically, the teacher across the hall did the most touching thing.

I had been out of school for a couple of days and she was "watching" my class to make sure they were "nice" to the sub. While I was gone she took several pictures of my students (7th and 8th graders) and had them make scrapbooks, posters or write stories for me. All in figurative language! It was amazing! The students gave me my gifts and I cried like a baby. If you ask them now what a simile is, they will tell you...

"Mrs. Hebert is like a lion when the Packers lose."  LOL!

Date Posted: 1/8/2009 4:38 PM ET
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One year I was helping kindergartners learn their letters. I had one girl who seemed whole word oriented. I would show her a 'v' and she say, "oh, oh, I know that one! It is in 'love'! l-o-v-- 'v', 'v'! It's a 'v'!"

She got to the point she had learned all but three letters: f, n, and u. (Bet you can figure out what I did...)