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!