Wheels in Motion

reading wheel 1

By Marion Dear, Lower School Teacher

Written on Tuesday, July 30 (Happy 50th Marc!)

This morning, at our faculty workshop, we asked our group to identify challenges they face in school. Then this evening, the group of volunteers shared our ‘roses and thorns’ from our day. I was struck by how universal teaching challenges are around the world. Classroom management, communication with parents and finding resources seem to be recurring themes in any school, for brand new and seasoned teachers alike. In class today, we started our study of different literature genres by using reading wheels. As each student reads a different genre, they get a cool sticker on their wheel. This encourages them to try reading a variety of books. The stories I brought over as examples of the mystery genre have gotten lost in the shuffle of the library, so instead we studied fiction and fantasy (in the form of a Greek myth). Tomorrow we’ll continue with poetry, non-fiction and folktales. There are many other genres, but these are the types of books for which I had examples, and that I could fit in my suitcase. This photo is of the reading seminar students, proudly displaying their decorated reading wheels. The sign I am holding in the glare of the sun says, “Happy Birthday, Marc!” for my husband.

About Westtown School

Westtown School is a Pre-K through 12th grade Quaker, coed, college preparatory day and boarding school in West Chester, PA.
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