It was exciting to hear about all the great novels our students are reading. The book talks gave us the opportunity to preview novels we may not have heard of or considered otherwise. What a great way to share with each other and add to our reading lists!
The class did an excellent job of defining the words and identifying the role of the different word parts in constructing those meanings. I am proud of their efforts, and can't wait to see how they apply this knowledge to upcoming texts.
Throughout the year, Miss Krusper's students will set quarterly goals to help them apply this mindset and continue to be successful. Students will reflect on these goals at the end of each quarter to consider their progress and help them set new goals. They will add their goals and reflections to a digital portfolio at the end of the year that will help them evaluate their accomplishments as readers, writers, and learners, and consider their next steps as they move into 7th grade.
Below is a snapshot of some of the 6th graders' aspirations for the first quarter:
Throughout the last month, a number of our 6th graders have entered and excelled in various writing contests, doing a stellar job of showcasing their writing skills and creativity.
Additionally, a number of students entered the America Library of Poetry's National Poetry Contest. This extremely competitive nationwide contest includes four divisions for students in grades 3-12, and receives several thousand submissions each year.
Just as exciting is the fact that, as part of this accomplishment, each student will have the opportunity to have his/her poem published in the acclaimed anthology Treasured: 2017 Student Poetry Collection. This is a high honor, especially given that only 20% of all competitors are offered this opportunity.
As their English teacher, I am extremely proud of each student, as well as all those who submitted their work. The fact that they took such a risk speaks to the tenacity, bravery, and heart of each participant. It is extremely rewarding to see the fruits of our students' labors, and to know that their perseverance and hard work truly does pay off. Great job to all of you!