Our first unit-of-study in first/second grade is “Taking Charge of Ourselves as Learners and Friends.”  As part of the unit, we shared the book Ish by Peter Reynolds this week.  In the story, the main character learns that the art she creates does not have to be perfect, just ish (as in flowerish, or oceanish, or self-portraitish).  We talked as a class about how we should be ish thinkers, mathematicians, writers, and readers before we ever become perfect (which no one ever will!).  We also talked about how in our classroom it is always better to try and maybe make a mistake than to never try.  Here are the students “Yet” poems, which address what they are already great at, what they are currently ish at, and what they can’t do, YET.

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