Wednesday, March 02, 2011
Be Careful What Behaviors You Extinguish
I am reading The Search For WondLa to my fourth graders. I almost told this English Language Learner to put her paper away during read aloud, but, not knowing for sure how much she can even understand as she listens, I let her keep doodling while I read, as a "consolation prize" for all the "incomprehensible English that was washing over her."
She handed this picture to me at the end of read aloud, when she leaves for an afternoon of extended ELL classes. It shows Eva Nine and Rovender riding on top of Otto. Eva is holding the omnipod, and she is thinking, "I'm skard." This is EXACTLY what is happening in the story right now.
Hmm. Big lesson here? Don't make assumptions. And be careful what behaviors you extinguish -- there is likely some really smart thinking going on where you assume there is none.
More in another post about WONDLA as a read aloud. The 3-D hologram maps promote some really fascinating conversation. Come to think of it, it was probably those maps that helped ELL Girl to make as much meaning as she did...