- they haven't seen 1 grade since they've entered my classroom
- when I assess it's because I want to figure out what they already know (How many times have I said that since the beginning of the school year?)
- I talk to them to let them know what they are doing well
- I provide them with suggestions & strategies to help them use what they know/do well to become a stronger reader, writer, thinker, etc.
The others I know will come along. I think, being 3rd graders, they're trying to figure out if I'm for real (another post on that later). Do I really want them to just be them? Do I really like them for them? Do I want them to do what interests them? Do I really pay attention to them & alter my instruction to meet their needs? We're not quite at the 6 week mark yet, & shortly after that they will know that I mean what I say & say what I mean.