My children are sitting around me – some starting to ask what the “brown envelope” is.
Then, one says, “I bet it’s the letters from our pen pals!” Suddenly , the class becomes charged with excitement. “Stop tantalizing us, Jina,” Shira says.
She’s used the word we came across earlier in the week.
So each one gets their letter and eagerly they pull the envelope apart to reveal a carefully constructed note from their “pal” overseas.
They read every word and then without any promoting , they start to share their letters with their peers.
I ask the children to jot down some thoughts in their journals and as they finish “catching their bubbles of thoughts”, I hear,
“Please can we write back?”
No need for extrinsic motivation for anyone. Decisions about paper / computers / laptops are made.
How often do we create authentic opportunities for writing ?
Thank you Mr Brown !