Tuesday, September 28, 2010
Progress...Moving Across a Continuum
The kids tried out "'Work on Writing," today and we were able to accomplish independent writing, small group writing, writing choices, and publishing all happening simultaneously. It was a breath of fresh air and I hope things continue to go in this direction as I felt I was able to make actual suggestions to learners today and carry out some effective conferences. Our work on writing chart is complete and students demonstrated some clear understanding with a need for more practice to gain some stamina, but overall, good progress.
I now just wish I had more support to give to my struggling learners who need so much encouragement and guidance. It is so heartbreaking to run out of time or steam on their part, noticing the need for a break in the action of writing when you know you really just need 5 more minutes. I hope to begin to dig a little deeper into the students understanding. I am excited to break into "the beginning writer continuum" I wrote about back in August. There are a few students I feel this will really assist in developing a plan and hopefully get my teaching very specific to their need.