"Writer's Cafe" promotes relaxed environment for kids - KAIT Jonesboro, AR - Region 8 News, weather, sports

"Writer's Cafe" promotes relaxed environment for kids

By Keith Boles - bio | email feedback

LUXORA, AR (KAIT) - Fourth Grade Students at Luxora Elementary write a lot per state and national standards. 

Fourth grade teacher Anna Burton has introduced a "Writer's Cafe" to promote writing in a more relaxed environment. With cloth covered tables and jazz playing softly in the background, each student is seated individually and offered a menu of the day's writing choices. Burton says this relaxed atmosphere really pays off.

The favorite theme is "Open Choice" which means they can write about any topic they want. We saw stories about families, Valentines Day, "What I would do if I found a Hundred Dollar Bill". Lot's of different topics considering  the total number of 4th graders is only 16.

Burton says they do have some themes they have to write about according to state standards.

"We have prompts from different genre's that they have to write about." She said; "I just choose a couple of them at a time."

Burton has been serving up at the cafe for about two years. She read about a high school that used the concept and just gave out an occasional treat. Burton said she decided to "kick it up a notch." for her 4th graders.

She covers the tables with cloths, has folded cloth napkins at each place. Her refreshments are served on real china, by her.

Burton, "Give them a chance to experience what it's like to really go out and go into a cafe."

Burton says her students really like to write, even coming in during recess to write instead of play. Burton says that is really gratifying that they like to write and are doing well in the relaxed atmosphere and regular writing classes as well. The handwriting really impressed us it was, neat and correctly spelled, well above grade level.

4th graders have to write a lot to get ready for the bench mark tests that come  in the Spring. Burton says she makes her kids write, write and write some more. She has set the bar well above just passing.

Burton, "I want these 4th Graders to be the best in the state of Arkansas. So I require writing, writing and more writing."

Judging by what we saw. They stand a pretty good chance.

Copyright 2011 KAIT. All rights reserved.

 

  • Region 8 News</span><a class="customMoreLink" href="/Global/category.asp?C=4391" target="_top">More >></a>Region 8 NewsMore>>

  • Baby boomers also interested in smartphones, study shows

    Baby boomers also interested in smartphones, study shows

    Monday, September 25 2017 10:58 PM EDT2017-09-26 02:58:07 GMT
    Monday, September 25 2017 11:37 PM EDT2017-09-26 03:37:11 GMT
    (Source: Pablo)(Source: Pablo)

    Young people and young adults may not be the only technically adept members of their family, according to a recent study from a cell phone company. 

    Young people and young adults may not be the only technically adept members of their family, according to a recent study from a cell phone company. 

  • Family requests rezoning for miniature horses

    Family requests rezoning for miniature horses

    Monday, September 25 2017 10:35 PM EDT2017-09-26 02:35:13 GMT
    Monday, September 25 2017 11:24 PM EDT2017-09-26 03:24:09 GMT
    (Source: KAIT)(Source: KAIT)

    A Paragould family is a step closer to having their miniature horses living on their property as the city discussed an ordinance that would rezone their property from residential to agriculture. The property is located in the 3,000-block of Finch Road.

    A Paragould family is a step closer to having their miniature horses living on their property as the city discussed an ordinance that would rezone their property from residential to agriculture. The property is located in the 3,000-block of Finch Road.

  • County gets emergency mass notification system

    County gets emergency mass notification system

    Monday, September 25 2017 10:35 PM EDT2017-09-26 02:35:30 GMT
    Monday, September 25 2017 10:52 PM EDT2017-09-26 02:52:36 GMT
    (Source: KAIT)(Source: KAIT)

    Lawrence County residents now have a mass notification system that would alert them during an emergency situation.

    Lawrence County residents now have a mass notification system that would alert them during an emergency situation.

Powered by Frankly