Journal – Chapter 10
Chapter 10 did a nice job of showing how a variety of teachers on all different skill levels can use the six traits to best fit their classroom grade level and setting. As I read, I found a number of strategies/activities that I could incorporate into the library media center setting. In one of the very first teaching settings, in the book, I enjoyed reading about how the teacher wrote on the board and had the students look for mistakes. This is something that is very easy and simple to do. It is almost a role reversal that can be quite fun for the students as well as the teacher. In the library, I would already have a paragraph or sentences on the white board waiting for as soon as students walked in. This will save time and can be treated like an opener as well as a wrap up. In the same section, parents were being involved and used the six trait scoring guide.
Ellen’s perspective from page 256, involves viewing students as writers first. To me, this gives the writers or students a sense of ownership. Ellen also concentrates on reading aloud to her students and sharing many different pieces of writing for examples. This reminded me the mentor texts we talked about in class. On page 259, Barbara discussed how students can learn by working with their peers and getting suggestions and compliments can really motivate some students to become more involved.
In one of the last sections, Sammie on page 265, discusses being on a rotation where the teacher doesn’t get to see the students every day. Her lessons on the six traits need fit into whatever time that is available. This is a lot like my education setting in the library, where I only see students once a week. Sammie likes to create books with her students, as do I. My 2nd grade classes each get to make a nonfiction class book based on an area in nonfiction that they are working on in class.
By the end of this chapter, you get a feeling that almost all teachers, no matter what their subject or grade level, can make use of the six traits in their own unique way.