At our January PLC meeting, we addressed this problem. How can we give our students more writing feedback and, at the same time, not sacrifice additional classroom instruction time? How can we best meet the needs of our struggling students who are falling behind in writing and, at the same time, push our advanced students ahead in their writing? How do we give our students the one to one time they deserve?
In order to best facilitate the time our guest teachers were giving up to come into our classes, we have asked our students to prepare focused questions based upon their writing. Did they want help with organization? topic setences? thesis statements? word choice? fluency? connecting ideas back to thesis? etc....Then we broke up the class into equal sections based upon the number of teachers coming into class so each teacher had the same number of kids to work with.
|Maura Moritz helping a student|
|Lauren Lee helping another student|
|Ethan Kuhlmann helping a student|
|Audra Buchwald helping a student|
|Abby Hancock helping a student|
|Greg Trotter helping another student|