Miss McFadden, a 4th grade teacher at East End Elementary School collaborated with Miss Colonel, an 8th grade teacher at North Plainfield School in order to give their students the opportunity to become writing buddies. The teachers planned this project as a way to provide the fourth graders with the opportunity to practice writing that hooks the reader and to practice writing letters. It provided 8th graders with the opportunity to be role models and act as teachers.
Ms. Colonel and Miss McFadden used their knowledge of the students to match the writing buddies. When the students found out they would meet, to say they were excited is an understatement. On February 5, 2015, the 4th graders boarded a school bus and traveled from East End to the middle school. They came prepared with the drafts of their informational books. Throughout their time together, 4th graders shared their drafts and 8th graders worked to help strengthen their writing. Students worked collaboratively and 8th graders embraced their role as mentor and teacher. After the session was over, one 4th grader left saying, “THAT WAS AWESOME!”
Ms. McFadden and Ms. Colonel say this is not the finale. Going forward, students will continue to correspond through writing. Then, when the 4th graders are done with their informational books, the 8th graders will visit East End. During that time, the middle school students will be the audience while the fourth graders treat them to their book presentations.
Congratulations to Laura Amancha, an outstanding student of North Plainfield Middle School, for winning first place in the Patriots Pen Essay Contest for the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 2856. Not only did she compete against students from North Plainfield Middle School, she also competed against students from other districts. Again, a big congratulations to Laura. We are all very proud of you!
John Halligan visits North Plainfield