When I bring up the importance of self-talk with my students, they look at me like I'm crazy. But I continue to harp on it throughout the year, making charts like this. It kills me when students quit the minute something gets hard. Kids need to know how to TALK themselves through difficulties.
I wanted to share with you how I use Cynthia Rylant’s book The Relatives Came in my classroom to introduce reader’s workshop, gather writing samples, and surprise my class with a week-ending event they talk about all year.
Giving students the language for participation is so important. Providing an anchor chart with alternatives to "I don't know!" gives them an opportunity for success, rather than to feel like they have failed. For students that need a more consistent reminder, making these on a bookmark is an excellent way to keep it in student's hands and the forefront of their minds. # Pinterest++ for iPad #