This is my first year, and I am teaching third grade in a private school with a class of only seven students. Although I enjoy the small class size, it has some unique challenges. Read to Self is going very well, and we can make it 15 minutes almost every time. We are building our stamina for Work on Writing, but half my class never seems to get started. We have been doing think-abouts, but many of them cannot come up with ideas, even when prompted. They groan when facing writing, even though they are all excited about most of the other subjects.
Should I do more shared writing with them, to help them get more practice turning their ideas into words and putting those words down on paper? Should I pull back on Work on Writing and go ahead with the other elements of Daily Five? They keep asking about “buddy reading.”
P.S. when I teach foundation lessons, my students always ask if we are going to do it right then. (Like setting up word work.) I tell them we have other things to learn before we get there, but they are impatient. What else can I tell them?
How do I keep students from getting bored when I have students modeling?