Ok, I've been student teaching for 4 weeks now. I'm starting to get the hang of things, but there's still a few problem spots that I encounter daily. First thing I noticed is that my grammar instruction is lacking. I've tried several things, including the overheads StoryTown provides, but it all ends up the same- the kids looking at me totally confused. How can I make something like possessive pronouns or articles interesting or at least comprehensible enough that I won't get those looks again? Also, I'm doing a poetry unit with my class. They've done pretty well for not having much practicing with writing overall, but they often rush through the writing process in one day. I am trying to get these 4th graders to be creative in their writing, so I provided multiple examples before I expected them to write anything. The result was about half the poems resembling my examples to the point of plagarism.:| Since when is writing so much of a chore and less of a joy?:dunno: Please someone tell me there's hope left out there!!:help: Thanks!