“I’m so impressed with the thoughtfulness of their conversations!”
Monette DeSimone, a second-grade teacher at City Academy in St. Louis, Missouri, sent us this email message after attending a professional learning course and using Shared Inquiry with her students for the first time. We were happy to hear she now wants to bring Junior Great Books to her students.
I want you to know how much my students and I have enjoyed using Starting Off Strong. I’m so impressed with the thoughtfulness of their conversations! My second-graders have shared ideas about all the stories that I had not previously considered.
In the next few weeks, we will be reading Clementine as a class and I plan to use the Shared Inquiry model for our discussions. I’ve also decided that purchasing Book One of Junior Great Books for second-grade is a great idea! This is my first year as a second-grade teacher. My students have responded so well to Junior Great Books that I hope I can bring it to them in the future. I would also like to talk to you about Clementine. I look forward to hearing from you and hope we can do a lot of collaborating this year!
The mission of the Great Books Foundation is to advance the critical, reflective thinking and social and civic engagement of readers of all ages through Shared Inquiry™ discussion of works and ideas of enduring value.