Nothing grabs my students’ attention more than something that is downright silly.
They know I tend to make the odd ‘mistake’ when we’re reading together, and that reading just HAS to make sense. Whenever I sense someone’s attention (or foot, or elbow) beginning to drift, I’ll throw in the odd error, for example:
Recently, we have completed the Pirate Pals Read and Write and More booklet together, and it occurred to me, again, that when kids anticipate fun and laughter, they are more willing to invest their energy and focus up front.
St. Patrick’s Day is upon us. I read the story of St. Patrick to my grade one class years ago, and remember the pre-reading discussion well. A student believed that St. Patrick was a leprechaun, and others found the idea to be hilarious. The child who had expressed this idea was embarrassed. This, of course, took us off-track into a conversation about teasing, laughing at vs. laughing with others.
The students I see now have been read St. Patrick’s Day picture books in their classrooms, and the little story below, so they can be armed with the proper information!
Isn’t laughter the way of the Irish, after all?
Happy St. Patrick’s Day, everyone!