- Engagement is often about students having a connection to themselves and making it real. Here is a lesson demonstrating the power of prior knowledge.
Former teacher and instructional coach Elena Aguilar describes a writing lesson on heroes in which second-grade students defined their version of the word and listed heroes in their lives. Though the lesson veered away from Aguilar's original plan, it prompted a celebration honoring family and community heroes and plans for a classroom-authored book, all of which provided a more authentic learning experience for the students, she writes. Edutopia.org/Elena Aguilar's blog (1/18)
Sunday, February 26, 2012
Thursday, February 16, 2012
- Modeling by becoming a part of the reading/writing community is as powerful as ever.
Online educator Rebecca Alber in this blog post encourages teachers to write and read alongside their students as a way to show them that adults -- even teachers -- also need to clarify, revise or start over with a new topic. "When we model for students our love -- and struggles -- as readers and writers, they will follow. The more our students fall in love with writing and reading, the more of it they will do," she writes. Edutopia.org/Rebecca Alber's blog (2/6)
Sunday, February 5, 2012
...sharing thoughtful, mentor text-inspired lessons your students will love!
A message to all members of Writing Lesson of the Month Network
Since I posted January's lesson ten days late last month, I decided I'd give it five more days on-line before launching this February's lesson. After this, we'll be back on the "post on the first day of the month" routine again. I promise!
Kindly wish my 8th graders luck this week as they take their State Writing Test this Thursday. It's been a weird year for our Nevada writing test: it's our first year typing the final drafts on the computer and there has been very little information from anyone in charge on what to expect this week. I'm not worried though; we've been working on learning the writing process authentically since day one of school, and I know my kids will do just fine because they understand that process. I've always said, "If you teach writing right, the tests will take care of themselves." This is the week that will--hopefully--prove that belief once again.
This month's writing lesson and notebook prompt can be accessed using this link: http://www.unr.edu/educ/nnwp/
And remember, all past lessons are archived and can be accessed using this link: http://www.unr.edu/educ/nnwp/
One more interesting piece of information for a long-time teacher-users:
Have a great month!