|I am going swimming this summer and going to Plymell with Raegan.|
|I'm going to miss you when it's summer.|
|I am going to be on swim team.|
|I had baseball practice yesterday|
|I want you to know what Minecraft is|
These are just a sample -- I particularly LOVE the last one!!
This boy would often tell me stuff about Minecraft, and I just had no idea what he was talking about!
Several little friends told me about something they were going to do this summer - go swimming, play with a friend, etc. Some told me they weren't going to be coming back to our school next year - the one above where she says she's going to Plymell. Some were a little kiss up -- I'll miss you, you're the best teacher. One I couldn't read, and another didn't make sense.
And then -- there were three that broke my heart. One boy told me he wasn't good at school. One student told me someone was hitting them, and another said a student from another class was calling them names.
I really like to know what's going on with my students. Like my Minecraft friend, I know what he's interested in.
But sometimes, in the ebb and flow of the classroom, and students who are a bit quiet or shy, I just don't find out things I need to know.
I liked this and I plan to do it more frequently next year. It's a simple and easy idea that only takes 5 or so minutes. And it gives me a lot of information.