Today was a big partner day in my Kindergarten classroom. We’ve worked with partners for various activities from day one, but today was different. Today was the day my young writers worked with a writing partner for the first time.
I wasn’t entirely certain how it would go. Partnerships don’t come easy. They take work. They take practice. They take trust. And that’s for adults! In Kindergarten, friends don’t always make the best work partners (adults, too?), but a less familiar classmate can be a risky proposition. All we could do was try.
So with much trepidation we dove in head first.
And guess what? To my amazement, it was a huge success! Well, first-go-at-it success, but yeah!
The room began to buzz with quiet chatter. “You forgot a period here, I think,” and “Tell me more about this picture,” began to fill the air. Nobody cried, nobody was frustrated.
And, the sign of true success? When our official Writing Workshop ended, and it was time for a bit of choice time at the end of the day, several teams asked if they could keep working.
I’m putting one in the “Win” column.
Thanks for wondering and wandering a bit with me today. And 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.