When all of our students were engaged in Thinking and Learning Time, I noticed A.A. and D.J. were working closely together at the round table. D.J. was reading a book, while A.A. was making checkmarks on her clipboard.
I took a few photographs, and tried not interrupt their work. I noticed that A.A. would make a checkmark after each word that D.J. read correctly.
This reminded me of the Running Records that educators complete with students to find out their reading level.
Here is what the girls had to say:
D.J.: We were reading together!
A.A.: And I was correcting D.J. to help her read.
D.J.: I already know how to read! You don't have to help me.
A.A.: I made the checkmarks just to see if she's wrong or if she's right.
D.J.: I liked when she did the checkmarks!
Sometimes I take pictures of learning moments that strike me as unique, beautiful, or puzzling. Since I wondered about what they were doing, I wanted to have a way to show them and ask them about it on a later date.
Though what I captured may not be my most aesthetically beautiful images, the meaning behind them has its own beauty!
What has been unfolding in your classroom?