Three short observations, turned acts, about a boy who is growing his own literacy one book, one story, one day at a time…
Act 1 – A Reader
“Piiles. Piles of snow.”
I watched as he read. I watched and marveled as he worked his way through the reading process. Confident and aware of his own skills. Determined to become the kind of reader who can work through his process.
Act 2 – A Writer
“It’s all about fishing. We do a lot of fishing. My whole family does a lot of fishing.”
I watched as he wrote. I watched and marveled as he worked his way through a story. Confident and aware of his own skills. Determined to become the kind of writer who knows he has a stories to tell, stories that are worthy of detailed pictures, labels, and lots of writing.
Act 3 – A Thinker
“can. can. c-u-n.”
“can. c-a-n. yeah.”
I watched as he thought. I watched and marveled as he evaluated his own spelling in the moment of the dictation. I watched as he owned the process of crossing out, correcting and moving on. I watched as he used, with the utmost confidence, all he knew by stopping and thinking.
Act 4 – To Be Noticed…