Target 1 – Student-Centered Learning. FWSU students will engage in personalize learning involving collaborative inquiry, problem solving and creative learning opportunities.
Action Step – Highlight, create and model innovative learning opportunities that promote collaborative inquiry, problem solving and creativity for students and staff
Indicator of Success – Students and staff will create personalized learning networks to communicate and collaborate with others.
Over the past two months students in Ms. Godin’s 4th Grade class at Fletcher Elementary have worked hard at implementing all they have learned in Writer’s Workshop. The process began with students running movies in their mind of special memories. After some mini-lessons that focused on how to “show-not-tell” the information, students then applied their new learning to existing drafts of their writing.Some topics included retiring old, worn-out words and replacing them with vivid verbs and strong adjectives. Students added dialogue and varied their sentence lengths by adding conjunctions and transitions to their personal narratives.
The first-ever FES Publishing Party occurred on October 31st. Each of the students read their personal narratives aloud to a packed classroom full of parents, grandparents, teachers, and friends.
The celebration was a success! The faces of the audience shone with pride and admiration as one-by-one, students stood up (nervous and excited) to read to our families and friends. Praise and congratulations were heard all around the room. Here are just some of the comments:
“You painted a good picture.”
“I was able to put myself there.”
“It almost made me cry.”
“The use of word choice was amazing.”
“The kids’ writing was advanced.”
“I’m so proud of you!”
Congratulations to all of our hardworking FES 4th Grade writers!
“You fail only if you stop writing.” ~ Ray Bradbury