For the fourth year, I am participating in the SOLSC and guiding students from my classroom and my school on the same writing journey. Here is the link to our school blog and the 15-20 students who are participating in the Classroom Challenge.
Snippets from my classroom:
My classroom is a busy place with middle school students working on a very wide variety of projects and skills. Usually, they are given large chunks of time to complete their assignments and I don't care what order they get their work done. The work for this week is due on Monday morning and includes: Projects on their independent units, reading a book, a class art project, negotiating treaties in The World Peace Game, Slicing, math, and honing a skill of their choice for an hour. With so many things to work on, the snippets of conversation, (especially the questions) I hear are exciting, hilarious, scary and puzzling. A few examples from this morning are:
"Listen to my Rap!"
"Why were otters important to that tribe?"
"How many megawatts are generated with geothermal energy?"
"So do I find a dead squirrel or what?"
"That is soooo cool! Where did you find that gadget?"
"How do mermaids reproduce?"
With the exception of the mermaids question, I'm 95% sure all of them were directly related to projects they are working on...and I get to help them find their ways to the answers.