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Wednesday, April 11, 2012

Spring Has Sprung

The ushering in of spring usually brings questionable behavior and challenging circumstances in the classroom.  One of the best way to squelch these urges amongst my students is to take them outside.  We grab our writing journals, a pencil, and our imaginations.

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I encourage my students to find a place to sit on the grass, look around, observe the world around them,  and be quiet. Being quiet doesn't mean sitting by your best friend and giggling. It means being quiet, listening, watching, sensing things, and writing about what moves you. 
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My students frequently make word lists of what they like or see.  They may write sentences, stories about bees or trees or flowers.  They may even draw pictures which may later become stories.
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These "quiet" words, phrases, and pictures later become our stories about the world around us.  They may be the beginning of the story, the ending, or anything in between.  The best part is that the students stretch out and relax, and let their imagination run wild. 
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The key to quiet writing during the spring is the alone, quiet time that each student spends thinking, feeling, seeing, sensing the world around them where they are allowed to create anything that inspires them. These writing creations become master pieces that they love to share, and help them appreciate the world.  So, when spring has sprung in your classroom and you're unsure of what to do, take them outside, encourage quiet time, and help them appreciate the world in which we live with a pencil and a piece of paper! Happy Earth Day to all of you!


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