Want to ensure students are engaged as you model a particular strategy, craft, or technique? These four steps can help you do just that!
Truth: Any unit at any point in the year has the potential to lose energy, and adding some play has the power to rev a unit right back up.
According to the co-founder of Bithiah’s House, a nonprofit organization for foster youth, Michelle Thompson, " 61% of the population, both adults and children, have experienced at least one form of trauma in their life."
Maya Angelou reminds me that when I know better, I can do better. The more I know about how, where, and why a student is functioning, the better I can teach that student.
We are now entering week seven in our school district. At the start of the year, there was much to think about and much to worry about. There were many questions to be answered and all of them seemed continuously uncertain. “We don’t know that yet” or “I’m not sure” were phrases that often seemed… Continue reading Three Ways to Find Joy & Keep Writing
The writing work in our building is transforming, and it is exciting to be a part of the change, to witness the impact on kids as we make our workshops increasingly authentic and compelling. We are constantly reflecting on what’s working—what’s leading to measurable shifts in how we plan for writing (and how kids experience writing)—as well as where we might be getting stuck: places there is genuine motivation to transform the task, and yet, our best intentions are still missing the mark in some significant way.
Research on effective sports coaching suggests adults would do well by kids to cut down on criticism and focus more on the joy simply playing.
True engagement is hard to miss. However, there are several look-a-likes out there. Some are called compliance and participation.
Sometimes it can be difficult to imagine creating or allowing a wider audience to read our students' writing. But there is great possibility in doing so. It just takes a shift in attention...
In a minilesson, we work to not only demonstrate a strategy sometimes employed by professional writers, but also to provide a quick opportunity for young writers assembled before us to apply it, either in their own writing or in a co-authored class composition. This short segment of the minilesson during which writers 'give a strategy a go' themselves, often called the "Active Involvement" or "Active Engagement," allows writers an immediate opportunity for application in the supportive environs of the meeting area. How can we make this part of the lesson really count?
Today's guest blog post comes from Library Media Specialist, Shannon Betts.
Three strategies to use so that students develop their own ability to monitor themselves as writers.