This year my teammate and I have had flexible groupings within the team. Meaning we each have a homeroom, but we mix the kids up according to standards that need to be taught. So today I asked her if we could mix the kids up this week. I am so excited because she didn't say no when I asked if we could group them according to gender. A teacher at my site has done this before and it was very successful. I am so excited to try it. My morning LA/SS will be girls and my afternoon will be all boys.
Boys and girls approach writing differently and they write about different topics. I am hoping that this will allow my boys to feel more comfortable as we approach free verse writing this week.
I am the mother of girls, but I have a secret...I LOVE to teach boys. I love their humor and openness that they bring to the table. I'm anxious to see how tomorrow goes!!