Wednesday, December 1, 2010

How do I get Show and Tell back in my day?

Ms. Dorothy,
My school frowns on having "show and tell" time with children in 1st and 2nd grade, but the kids really like it. Do you have any suggestions for incorporating show and tell in an academic way in my class?
- 2nd grade teacher

You are right about how much children love to share their treasures! I think finding a way to let them personalize their learning can really support engagement in school.

Coming up with ideas for writing is always a challenge at some point in the school year. Having children bring in treasures for inspiration can really help get past this hurdle.

Try having your students bring in a collection of items that have some meaning to them. Little trinkets, photos, even pictures from magazines can be story starter ideas. Then children can share the important personal stuff in their writing.

Show and Tell can be fun and educational at the same time!

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