Never underestimate the power of role modelling! Kids pick up much of what adults do. This certainly is true within the classroom setting and Noah, one of my grade two students, showed this as he presented a story on the Smart Board.
Noah attends the Stony Creek Program, an alternative education program of choice, at Connections for Learning. Students participate in an education programming both at home and at school. Parents work collaboratively with a teacher in the home component of the program through home visits and workshops that assist parents with skills and strategies that support home instruction. It was through one of our story writing workshops that Noah picked up “Balanced Literacy” skills of good readers that were role modelled to the class. The workshop was attended by both parents and students.
As good readers, the students were asked to look at the cover of a book and offer predictions about characters and events. I role modelled predicting prompts so that parents could see how teachers encourage kids to confirm or adjust their predictions. Parents could then use similar strategies in the home program. Students wrote a “rework the piece” of the story read to them. Noah finished his story at home and the next week brought his finished copy to share with the grades 1 to 6 on the Smart Board. I may have thought I was role modelling predicting strategies for parents, but Noah reminded me about how much kids pick up and repeat of what we do. Instead of just reading his story from the Smart Board, Noah had the class predict what his story might be about. So precious! You can watch it on this video.
Debbie Rutland teaches grades 2, 4 and 6 and oversees the home education component, assisting parents through regular home visits and workshops in the Stony Creek Program.