WN: Weekend Check-Ins

Last year I adopted (and adapted) an idea I got from Davis and Hill’s Book, The No-Nonsense Guide to Teaching Writing. For an entire year I gave my students weekend writing assessments. However, they were essentially checklists that didn’t inspire my students to really do much thinking about their writing. Hence, in conjunction with two former colleagues from P.S. 171, Christina L. Rodriguez and Artemis Kakorus, we developed an improved “Student Weekend Writer’s Notebook Assessment.” I’m going to be using this form each weekend for my students. I’m looking forward to seeing how it goes with this updated form, which I’m still asking my students’ parent/guardian to sign.