But every once in a while, the kiddos get a bit lazy and forget that I won't except just any answer EVEN IF it's a right answer. My sweeties know I want them to dig a bit deeper.
Case in point:
During Morning Meeting today, (our 100th Day!) I asked the students to make a word using the letters in ONE HUNDRED. Now we do SO much of this each week with my Make-A-Word Packet that I call them My Little Word Wizards. Well, this morning, I didn't get the responses I expected Most kids looked at the chart, quickly went back to their desks, scribbled a word on the sticky I had left for them, and slapped it on the paper. Want to know what almost every child wrote down?
Now RED is a nice word. Actually, I'm quite fond of the color. Truly. My son even has red hair so I assure you that I have nothing against red at all. Promise.
But I digress...
But how could almost every child go for the easy answer? The LAZY answer. Except this one:
Not sure if you can see the answer...it's UNDER. Good word. Much, much better than red, isn't it?
As I read off the responses, giggles started to emerge when they realized that almost every answer was RED. When I rattled off UNDER, I heard a gasp. Then another. The class immediately knew this was a good word. A much better word. I didn't have to say a thing. The students did it for me. "Mrs. Mullarkey should give you smart beads. (I did!) "You put a lot of thought into your answer." (He did.) "You challenged yourself." "I wish I could have gotten that word," said another.
That's when I spoke up. "YOU CAN! I want you to sit here for a minute and study the letters. When you come up with a stronger word, go write it down."
While they sat and thought, I quickly went around the room and put another sticky on each desk.
Were they lazy the first round? Yep.
Was I? Yep. A little...
I didn't give them "think time." I assumed they'd razzle dazzle me so I let "think time" slide and allowed them to get up immediately. Yep, I know that even giving students an extra 3 seconds of think time improves their responses. Five seconds is even better. I knew this and am pretty good about waiting it out but I took a shortcut today and so did they.
Making them sit for just 60 seconds was rewarded by these words:
(WONDERED: Although not spelled correctly, I love the risk)
(Sight word this week!)
And there were more but my camera died.
Much better, yes? So, here's to a little wait time which always harvests better results. (And a kudos to my kiddos for raising their game!)
Oh...and take a peek at our latest clip art. Grab the butterflies for free!
Have a great night!