Saturday, November 28, 2009

Planned Visit to Jay M.s. on December 4, 2009

   This Friday, December 4, 2009, I will spend the morning at Jay M. S., meeting with teachers and brainstorming possibilities for teaching traits. We will be focusing on Organization. Here are some thoughts for our upcoming meetings.

   Organization presents a major challenge for teachers because curriculums usually present various writing genres in a set sequence. Unfortunately, hot topics do not always coincide with the scheduled sequence or lend themselves to the predetermined topic.
   Meshing the organization with the idea in a meaningful manner is key and challenging because: "The organization enhances and showcases the central idea or theme. The order, structure, or presentation of information is compelling and moves the reader through the text." 6 + 1 Scoring Guide.

   Comments to address organization when conferencing might be:

Strong: "The way you laid out all the information so logically, with a strong beginning, middle, and ending made this piece a pleasure to read."
Developing:" You have a beginning, a middle, and ending -- that's a great start. Now, let's work on your organization and make it even stronger."
Not Yet: "I'm not sure how all these details fit together. Let's work on putting them in an order that makes sense on your next draft."

   I will be posting comments and lesson demonstrations as they happen over the next week. Stay tuned! Some great ideas are on the way:)

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