Mrs. Wyman! Is that you? #SOL20 #SOLSC20


“Mrs. Wyman! Is that you? It kinda looks like you, but kinda doesn’t. And your voice sounds weird!”

As educators, we know it’s all about the kids. Right? So sometimes you gotta do what you gotta do. On Tuesday it was time to teach the SNAP words in disguise mini lesson for my Kindergarten students during Reading Workshop. Instead of just using the metaphor of how I hardly recognize them when they are all bundled up in the winter (which is so true, by the way!), I decided to take it a step further. With Groucho Marx glasses at the ready and my Cat in the Hat hat in place for Read Across America Day, I took a risk. Would I look like a fool? Would this gimmick pay off by helping my students to understand the lesson I was trying to convey?

This is my first year using the TCRWP Reading Units of Study curriculum, so I’m in that provisional year of teaching it with absolute fidelity until I get to know the lay of the land. But I still add “a pinch of me” whenever I can. Was it worth it? Remembering the giggles, laughter, and hearing during private reading time, “I see you SNAP words! You can’t hide from me!” You betcha!


Thanks for wondering and wandering a bit with me today. Many thanks to the crew at Two Writing Teachers, and the extended SOL community, for giving us the time, space, and encouragement to live the writerly life here every Tuesday throughout the year and daily during the month of March.




9 thoughts on “Mrs. Wyman! Is that you? #SOL20 #SOLSC20

  1. I bet your students were fully engaged in the lesson. I love that you incorporate a pinch of you in your lessons. i think the kids enjoy it so much more. Sounds like it was effective…they found those SNAP words.

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  2. This is great. Your students must have loved it! I wonder how my 5th graders would feel if I did something like this…hahaha. I love the weird and memorable. Those are the things are students will love and remember, too.

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