Thursday, June 26, 2014

Day Three: Strategy Groups

English Workshop Toolkit 
Summer Camp 2014


Camp continues to get better each day! I'm afraid this post will be shorter (with no pictures today...so much to do and so little time). 

We started today with two truths and a lie. I learned that one teacher played with Amy Carter in the White House when she was little and another teacher just finished a half marathon. That game is always interesting. Once again we wrote beautiful words, inspired by Naomi Shihab Nye's poem "Famous".  At the end of each the day, the sharing of our beautiful words has resulted in beautiful tears. The writers we have astound and impress me. 

The morning was spent learning about strategy groups and conferencing. Laura Tucker presented today and challenged our thinking. It was good. It was that kind of learning that makes us uncomfortable...so uncomfortable that we know we need to change something. The teachers leapt at the chance to learn how to conference more effectively and pull students for strategy groups. I heard lots of buzzing around the room as teachers struggled to find how they would incorporate these techniques and strategies into their teaching. 

It is camp, so Niki made s'mores cupcakes. I think that was the favorite food of the week! Tomorrow we wrap up. I'm sad to see camp end. I'm proud to be a part of it. Get ready for tomorrow...

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