|"I like about shcool is yim because we play soccer and baseball cause I now how to play and I play good."|
The answer is YES DEFINITELY!!! It has taken me one class to find out who can write their name, who can speak English, who can speak English and Spanish (and help me), who can write and how well. I'm still trying to figure out their visual literacy and literacy levels but journals are helping.
With all the classes in 3-5, I am using journals. I first tell them that I will be their pen pals. Whatever they write, I will respond to. The more they write the more I will write back! The first 5 minutes of class, students answer a question on the board in their journal.
I knew journals would help me with 3 things.
1. I would get to know all the kids in these large classes (even the ones who don't like to talk.)
2. It would set structure and routine to the class.
3. It would build their literacy skills.
Little did I realize that some of my students don't know how to write at all in grades 3 through 5!
|My Peace Offering!|
|"My favorite activities are help My Mother, and My father in the house and in the yard"|