balancing the curriculum

Rosalee before Halloween

Monday was, of necessity, a day of independent student work because I was giving DRA reading tests.  Rosalee was finishing her report on Jordan.  She had been working on it for three weeks, letting me help her at each step of the research process—finding resources, taking notes, organizing them in piles, writing a rough draft, editing it together, finding pictures and the flag and a map she could reproduce, learning as much as we could about Jordan’s beautiful young queen.  Rosalee was increasingly excited—partly about what she was learning and partly about the feeling of accomplishment at… Continue reading