We’re out of school on a no-electricity day (obviously we have it at my house!) so I wanted to share that I used Scaffolding Literacy this week in my English classes to review the Pledge of Allegiance.
There’s something magic about this technique. The system of telling the kids the answers and then asking them always seems so elementary to me, especially when I use it in English. But the kids love it. They feel like they’re really learning.
Those people who saw me do the Pledge demo at in-service or at conferences might have thought it could be somewhat boring. I was also wondering how it would go over with kids, but once again, the results amazed me. The kids were enthusiastic, and they started to be very confident in answering questions, in a way that they hadn’t been with anything else I’d done. I think that SL is an aid to group bonding, as well as being a tool that helps me get better at teaching.
The kids are anxious to read the text about the Pledge now. They were disappointed that I didn’t have it ready for them right away. Who knew?
Now I’m all fired up to be using it in the Russian classes again. So cool!