Think about the writer and making the writer better. What are the needs of a writer? What opportunities does technology offer to make the writer better?
As educators, we need to take ownership of our teaching. If you think your tried and true lessons are lackluster, change them. Start with looking at your students and asking yourself, what do my students need? What are their strengths? Next, look at the VERBS in your standards. Precisely what is it your students need to master in this unit? Finally, embrace the art of teaching, follow their lead.
Need help writing strategies that are explicit and kid-friendly? Check out this excerpt from DIY Literacy.
It’s all about the link. Make sure your minilessons link to ongoing work. Link to making choices. Link to all the other minilessons. Link to the charts and resources in the room. Most of all link your minilesson always to problem solving and independence.
Minilessons are actually really easy to plan, and fun to teach. What? You don’t believe me? Let me show you, right now, how to do it.
4th Grade Teacher (& Slicer) Noor Shammas writes about her students’ Community Member Biography Project.
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