Worktime Photos

I’m pressed for time today but remembering “a picture is worth a 1000 words”, I’m going to quickly share a few photos I snapped this week.  On March 5th and March 8th, I sliced about my students’ worktime during my Reading 6 Reading Workshop. Today, take a peek at some of the photos showing my students working.


This student’s poster will raise awareness about the work of the American Cancer Society. Another poster will raise awaeness about Climate Change.


This poster will hang behind a table giving away leaf-shapped cookies with a donation jar.           All $ collected will be donated to an environmental organization.


These 3 hundle to map out their big plans to sell things, including slime, to raise money to support animal rights.


We overflowed into the hallway to work.


These 2 are working on a poster to raise awarement about how Sting Rays are being harmed.


One student is helping another make his slideshow which provides info about how to deal with the rising rents in our town.


This student works on adding information to his slideshow about animal abuses.

I’m proud of all the efforts by my students during Reading Workshop this week.
Be sure to check back on March 13th, when I’ll share photos
from our March 12th Social Issue Fair.

Worktime Sounds

I was exhausted yesterday after a day of WORKTIME. My 107 middle-schoolers are on a deadline. Tuesday night they will showcase an issue of their choosing at our Social Issue Fair. They spent 40 minutes working yesterday. I spent 40 minutes times 5 periods overseeing and offering support. It sounded like this:

  • “The tape dispenser’s out. Is there more?” Sure. Here you go.
  • “Can I print these images for my poster?” Sure. Airdrop them to Sally’s Macbook…OK, they are at the library printer. Go get them.
  • “It printed too big  and won’t fit on the poster.” No worries. Let’s print a smaller one.
  • “Do you have a box we can use to collect donations? Would this work (showing an unopened box of tissues)? Yes, but it is full of tissues.  Just pull out the tissues – you can put them in this bin and then use the box.
  • What do you need for your display?
    • Just a wall to hang this poster on. (I jotted this down on my spreadsheet)
    • A table near a wall – We need a place to hold the leaf cookies we are selling to raise money for the environment and we want our poster behind the table on the wall. (I jotted this down on my spreadsheet)
    • Just a table so my iPad can sit on it and people can sit and view it. (I jotted this down on my spreadsheet)
  • “Is this enough? Let’s see – Did you name your issue? Did you explain why it is an issue? Did you suggest ways the reader can help? Did you add book titles related to the issue? You will know it is enough when you have answered these questions. You need to decide.
  • “Where’s the tape?” In a loud voice, “Who has the tape?”

My students were doing all the work yesterday. I was just offering support and encouragement. I was gathering information so by Tuesday all 107 students’ project can be on displayed. We all were ona deadline. We all pushed to keep going. No wonder I was exhausted.