Today I shared my master list of 200 words with my intermediate and advanced kids. That is, I projected it and started going through it with them, asking them to mention any structures they felt they didn’t really own. It didn’t take long; we were within the first 75, and there were some that they wanted better control over. The advanced kids jumped off the list and mentioned some grammatical stuff (different forms of pronouns) that they don’t feel confident over, and so I have a new list of 12 words from each class that kids want me to hit harder in the next few weeks.
We started reading in the first group and what do you know…those basic structures all jumped out! The kids were surprised. I circled a lot, but they didn’t mind, b/c they had just told me they wanted them!
In the second group, we gestured six of the words, then I challenged them to try to add them to yesterday’s reading. I’ll create an embedded story out of the results before our next class. Yahoo! Student-driven instruction!