Saturday, April 19, 2014

We'll Be The Judge Of That!

For the last two weeks some of our first and second grade classes have been acting as judges for the Irma S. and James H. Black Award. Who was Irma Simonton Black you ask? What is the award given out for? The best way to answer those questions is to visit Bank Street, College of Education's website. Not only will you find out all about Mrs. Black, but you will also find some great resources there.

This year's nominees are......

I shared with the children history and story behind the award and pointed out what made it so special. At the very end of my speel, I told  them all about who the judges of the award were. When they found out that they were the ones making the decision and that their opinion and vote mattered, they were beside themselves and thought it was just about the coolest thing ever. From that moment on, they took their job as judges very seriously.

We kept track of our observations on chart paper to help us better remember what we had talked about. The children made some amazing observations and noticed things that I had overlooked. Every class was different too, each one observing and focusing in on something that the others hadn't.

When the time came to vote, some children had a  hard time deciding which book to give their vote to, while for others their decision had been made long ago.

Our votes have been sent in and now we wait....Who will this year's winner be?

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