First Week Back

The first week back at my main placement since the break was just…perfect. Perfectly chaotic, perfectly loud (I don’t know that the kindergarteners understand the difference between a Level 1 voice and a Level 4 voice), perfectly hug-filled, and perfectly educational–for me.

I didn’t do a lot in the instruction way, but I did get to do a lot of the day-to-day task stuff like picking up the kids from recess and specialists leading some of the daily routines. I observed a lot of writing and math and even some science, with the kids studying the three main different types of clouds integrated with art (pictures to come!) My favorite writing activity was definitely the shared writing of a letter to the Seahawks. The Morning Meeting almost always involves some kind of shared writing, most recently with letters. My CT models what a letter looks like with the date and the salutation, then the students dictate what will be in the letter, offering up ideas about what should be said. When one of the students said, “We liked the game against the 49ers,” another child said, “No, they’re not the 49ers, they’re the forty-WHINERS.” My blue and green heart just about exploded with love…and laughter. After finishing the letter, they all signed and my CT mailed it off the Seahawks. It would be exciting if they responded, but we aren’t expecting it.

It was cool to see this kind of shared writing activity, especially after reading so much of Routman, and what she says about modeling writing and having shared writing activities that allow for modeling and make writing engaging and for an authentic purpose.

It’s likely that my future students will be writing lots of letters to the Seahawks…



  1. I love this! I think that creating such shared writing experiences shows how the teacher has high expectations of her students. It also makes the kindergartners feel like they are important; they are not too young and their voice matters! I bet this was such a wonderful experience! Thank you for sharing!

  2. It is so cool to see what we’re learning in our course work in action! Thanks for sharing about your week back! It’s so amazing how powerful these experiences are for us. I love that we have this time to observe and take in what we’re seeing our CTs do, seeing how students respond in different situations. I feel like I want to capture all of the moments I see and hold on to them to remember when I’m teaching and consumed by lesson planning and thinking about all the different factors that go into teaching. My CT always tells me to take advantage of being an intern because we will rarely have the opportunity to see what’s happening in the classroom from so many different lenses when we’re teaching.

  3. This is so cool!! What a great example of providing students with a real world context to strengthen their knowledge. I had the opportunity to observe a kindergarten class this week and also saw a letter the teacher had written to her students. I really like the approach your CT took here because it gives the students an opportunity to participate in a shared writing experience. I also think it is really powerful to see what we learn in our coursework directly acted out at our placements. Routman does talk a lot about shared reading and writing experiences and after hearing about your experience this week I see the value in these activities even more! Thanks for sharing your experience. I hope your class continues to write letters to the Seahawks!

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