Recently, we've been working hard on making our partnerships and group work during Reader's and Writer's Workshop more meaningful to our learning.
In reading, we've been working a lot in our book clubs to look closely at our texts to help us think beyond the words and talk about the message the author is trying to convey. We've been making predictions and more importantly, we've been finding evidence from the text to support those predictions and inferences.
We've talked a lot about how our reading and writing partners are like doctors (Thanks Mrs. Murphy for the comparison!)-- they tell us what is working well with our reading and with our writing, and they give us a prescription to help us make our work even better. Doctors give us very specific and clear feedback to help us, and so should our partners. While we take pride in our work, we and our partners are working with the mindset that there is always something we can do to improve it!
This is going to be important for us to keep in mind throughout our work as we move into the second half of second grade. We have so much left to learn, and so much of that learning comes from each other :)