Some educators believe all students should follow the same rules and guidelines in class, but in Paige Furgerson's classroom at Brown Elementary, success happens when students are given choices.
"Today before we go to writing we have a celebration because we have a published book," says Furgerson to her second graders.
It's obvious that in Furgerson's classroom it's all about giving her students a voice.
"They really like this part of the day. I think a lot of it has to do with the fact they have choice into what they're going to write," says Furgerson.
Constant guidance is what Furgerson gives her students as they work to think like authors.
"They see themselves as writers. They want to write so this is just a special time of our day because they get to share a piece of themselves with the rest of the class.
Furgerson works side by side with her students as they bring their creative thoughts to life.
"She helps us in writing workshop when we have a struggle," says Aimee Valencia, a second grader at Brown Elementary.
"She helps us write capital letters and fix our sentences in writing workshop," says Tommy Orozco, a second grader at Brown Elementary.
For Furgerson the real reward is witnessing her students writing skills continue to develop on a day to day basis.
"I look back at their beginning of the year stories to now and I can see how much they have evolved so watching them grow and change and learn I think is probably the most rewarding thing," says Furgerson.
Outside of the classroom, Furgerson completed her Ph.D. in education with an emphasis in literacy in December and has recently been hired to teach at Texas Tech. She says she is sad to leave her little ones behind at Brown Elementary.
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