I am always really impressed with my students' ability to evaluate their own learning. This week we started moving towards our next Authors Celebration by having students begin looking at the work they have been doing so far in this writing unit. Students began rereading their own work and checking for certain criteria (on a Lucy Calkins checklist). Students reread their writing, determining if they have a page for the beginning, a page for the middle, and a page for the end. Students looked at their writing to see if they are using all the sounds they hear to spell words on their own and checked to see if they have used the word wall to spell sight words in their writing. The thing about kindergarten students evaluating their own work that always amazes me is the honesty. It would be really easy for students to go through the checklist and say that they have done everything on the list... And some of them do. But the majority of my students look at their writing honestly and find things that they can continue to work on. This is a huge celebration for me, as we use our checklists to make goals for ourselves and how we are going to work to make our writing better as we move towards our next Authors Celebration.
I love teaching kindergarten literacy at STEM! It is amazing to be a part of the reading and writing growth of a kindergarten student. You get to see kids move from knowing some letters and sounds to being enthusiastic readers and young authors.