Teachers know that when teaching reading, background knowledge is so important. And what we find is that with our high ELL population, they don’t always have the background knowledge we assume every child has. So we talk about books, we discuss the type of writing (fiction or non-fiction), we look at subject specific language and we draw on the experiences the kids have had. All before we read a single word in a book.
So, I gathered my little group of boys around the guided reading table and we started the discussion. The book we were reading was a fiction piece written in the style of a journal called “My Monster Week” (those teachers out there familiar with LPEY have probably read it a thousand times…)
As we started to flip through the pages I asked the boys “What kind of book is this? There are dates at the top of each page…what kind of writing has that?”
The boys flipped through, rolling the question over and finally one of the little boys figured it out.
His eyes got big and he shot his hand up. “I know” he said excitedly “It’s a diarrhea.”
“It’s a diary, yes!” I said quickly as to not draw attention to the the word diarrhea at a table full of 8 year old boys. No one skipped a beat, they all repeated the word diary after me under their breaths and we talked about how it was like writing in your journal…and how sometimes you lock a diary so no one else can read it.
This is why I get paid the big bucks people, to decide when it is important to build background knowledge and explain words…and when it is best to just keep moving on.
It’s teachers convention this week! A favorite time of year for all teachers. Professional development and a mental health break to connect with old friends and colleagues. But it also means breakfasts and lunches with friends…and they are not always that good for me. So I am trying keeping suppers light and fiber-full.
|Monday||Split Pea Soup|
|Tuesday||Chicken Noodle Soup|
|Thursday||An assortment of leftover soups|
- Dried lentils
- Dried split peas
- Ham steak
- Chicken broth x 4
- Bay leaves
- Chicken breasts
- Egg noodles or your favorite noodles
- Ground beef
- Beans x 2
- Tomato soup
- BBQ sauce
- Green pepper
- Canned mushrooms
I have to work late on Monday night, so something in the slow cooker is the best option because then it is ready when I get home (when I will be very, very hungry). Split pea soup is perfect…full of fiber and flavor.
Chili is like soup…but you can eat it with lots of cheese and taco chips! So maybe this is not as healthy as it could be when I add all that other stuff, but beans are healthy right?
I’m pretty sure we are going to have TONS of soup/chili leftovers…so we can choose what we like best and enjoy it again tonight.