True story …… Characters: Me (Special education teacher), 3rd grade teacher (Mrs. L.), 3rd grade students Setting: 3rd grade classroom Background: Two teachers have worked hard all year to build relationships with each other, students and parents as a team. Using an inclusive model, collaboration and gradually as trust grows more and more co-teaching. Problem: Special Education teacher (that’s me) forgot she needed current writing samples for data for IEP meetings the following week.
Me: (Computer in hand) “Mrs. L. I have a request. How would you feel about doing a quick write with the entire class using this picture. (Showing visual prompt of whale shark and diver). Or I could just pull individual students and get writing samples that I need.”
Mrs. L: “No, that would be great, let’s do the activity with the entire class during writing time. I’ll let you lead it.”
Me: In my mind…. mic drop, fist pump and snoopy dance!
3rd grade students: Wrote for 10 min. from different perspectives with different voices and a variety of genres including mystery, nonfiction, fantasy and more. They shared, laughed and asked if they could write more. They analyzed, complimented and questioned.
Me: I got my writing samples and a lot, lot more.