Wednesday, January 6, 2010

January 5th, Visit to Jay Middle School

On the 5th of January, I visited the Middle School in Jay.  As always, it was a learning experience for all of us.  I spent the day meeting with teachers one on one and then we had class at the end of the day.  The teachers were enthusiastic, insightful, and reflective about their teaching and students. 

We have all been using the internet to find further information and we shared our resources.  We also shared books and lesson plans.  Lynn modeled her lesson for us.  All of us felt the sharing/planning time was an invaluable part of our day.

During our conversations we had 3 ahhhas!

  1. Students' voices become stronger through the use of their journals.  Is this because:
  • they are not restricted by conventions?
  • their audience is themselves and they know it well?
    2.  Students produce voice in reading response journals when they are assigned RAFTS dealing 
        with  characters.  Naturally this improves comprehension as well.  AND kids often love it!

    3.  We are looking for a little more direct instruction than many of the sites present.  We love the
         6+1 traits, but we do not believe establishing fluency is enough.  The Northern Nevada Writing 
         Site provides us with that structure  (Thank you Nancy).  A spin off of this - is the varying
         descriptors found on the different sites.   We will be working on this in January/February.

We are now ready as a group to provide a place for everyone to share. 

We extend an invitation to all of you to join us on our NING.

WE hope to see you there:)

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Writing Fix is a fantastic resource! I have learned lots and gained many helpful ideas from the site. Ideas are endless!