Saturday, January 26, 2013

Saturday Sayings

I loved linking up with Tammy at Forever in First a couple of weeks ago for her Saturday Sayings. I'm excited to be linking up with her again this weekend. This are some of my favorite posts that I look forward to reading all week long. I have been rereading the book Growing Readers by Kathy Collins in search of good Saturday Sayings. I found several quotes that I really think give a lot of food for thought. But this one fit what I am currently going through in my classroom.
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Yesterday I posted about some of my frustrations with my class right now and how I was trying to do things. I got some encouraging words from my readers and I appreciate it. It makes me feel better to know I'm not alone in these challenges. But I read this quote and it was like an aha moment. I couldn't help but think that having students work in groups during whole group math was the only time in my day I tried a group. The rest of the time I always used partners. They read with partners; they do word work with partners; they do their math workstations in partners. So I should probably continue with this idea that they are already used to with whole group math.This also leads to me thinking about the way I approach math completely. It's the area where I'm getting frustrated and the kids are getting frustrated. What am doing in my classroom practices with math that I'm not doing in reading and language. Or what am doing in reading and language that is successful and I'm not doing this in math. I think I'm expecting them to work together to explore different ideas and problems in math but I don't know that I'm doing that in other subject areas. I'll definitely be thinking about my beliefs versus my practices this week as I plan out the activities. Be sure to hop over to Tammy to check out her Saturday saying and anyone else that linked up.


  1. Kathy Collins always gives great advice. Making sure our reality matches up with our pedagogy is something we all need to keep in mind. Thank you for joining me again today Kerri!
    ❀ Tammy
    Forever in First

  2. That is a great quote for reflective thinking on our teaching practices. Thanks for the reminder that when things make us crazy in our rooms, we need to take a look at what we are doing that works and apply it to the things that may not be working as well.
    Conversations in Literacy

  3. What a great reminder that what we believe about teaching and learning is
    so important. I know that you will figure things out! I enjoyed your post!

  4. Thank you for giving me some great material to reflect on. I've had some frustrations with math recently, too! I've even tried changing the time that we do math to a different time of the day. Maybe it is time for me to look into how I'm approaching it and how I can change. Thanks!
    Owl Things First

  5. This is a great quote! What a fabulous reminder that all subjects are connected and even the style of teaching should be similar.

    Learning and Teaching for Life

  6. Reflection is difficult at times but always good :)
    Thanks for the post.
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