Writing A Teaching Point
A fifth grade teacher found me in the copy room and asked with a smile, “Was that you, Dana?”
I knew immediately what she was talking about. That afternoon I had hung posters with some conferring tips on the back of all the staff bathroom doors. I like to call this ‘PD for the Potty.’ I figured the bathrooms are the one place practically every staff member visits throughout the day. Why not learn a little something while they are sitting there?
As a school, we recently shifted our focus to writing clear teaching points for our reading and writing minilessons. We are trying to make sure our teaching points name a skill, a strategy, and a purpose. So without further adieu, I bring to you the latest installment of PD for the Potty:
In writing, teaching points might sound like this:
- Writers may begin a narrative (skill) by using dialogue (strategy) so that the reader immediately feels part of the story (purpose).
- Writers add details (skill) by zooming in a moment and describing all the sensory details (strategy) so that the writing creates a vivid picture in a reader’s mind (purpose).
- Writers draw pictures (skill) by visualizing in their minds first (strategy) so that the pictures look as life-like as possible (purpose).
(For more information on writing teaching points, see Stacey’s post from our archives.)