The purpose of this blog is to provide a space to share teaching ideas that deal with writing - K to 12.
Recently, I have been working in schools, implementing the Calkins' Units of Study that are aligned with the CCSS. This program and the rubrics that accompany it are often used as a framework to meet proficiency guidelines.
I will continue to post articles that support these processes.
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Thursday, May 28, 2015
Conventions often occupy most of the time teachers use to teach writing. Here are some thoughts on conventions and how to teach them. Courtesy of choice literacy. Enjoy!
It is impossible to feel grateful and depressed in the same moment.
brain imaging, neuroscientists have found that the parts of our brains
that are activated when we are complaining cannot be activated when we
are appreciating something. That is, we can’t simultaneously feel
grateful and disgruntled. The trick, of course, is to notice early
enough when we are on the downward slope of general gripey-ness and to
switch to appreciation mode.
For us, a recent word experiment--switching from “have to” to
“get to”--has helped. Take the laundry, for example, a never-ending job
in both our homes, and most likely in yours, too. Try saying to
yourself, “I have to do the laundry [or insert whatever task you
dread].” How does that feel? For us, it feels heavy. A certain amount of
dread builds up. We automatically begin telling ourselves stories about
how much laundry there is to do, how long it will take to get it all
done, and how the laundry never gets caught up.
But, if we are present enough to notice our “have to” and
switch it to “get to,” the entire experience changes. Say to yourself,
“I get to do the laundry [or insert the previously mentioned dreaded
task].” Notice how that feels different. Follow the line of “have to”
and think about the privileges associated with doing your laundry. Think
about the luxuries of clothes and of cleanliness. Remember when your
dryer broke and you had to drag everything to the laundromat in the
interim. Think about how doing laundry isn't very labor-intensive,
compared with going down to a rocky stream and beating the stains out of
our clothes for one full day of each week. Think about the people you
love whose clothes you are preparing, and what a privilege it is to be
their caretaker, even if the person you are folding for is yourself!
Now, take this word work to school and see how using “get to”
instead of “have to” can support an appreciative perspective. What “have
to” thoughts can you begin to shift to “get to” thoughts. And what can
transforming your language with students do to help them shift to
appreciation? For example, try saying, “We get to do math now,” rather
than “We have to do math now,” or “I get to grade papers now” versus “I
have to grade papers now.” Watch how this subtle word change can help
you and your students notice typically overlooked gifts and spend more
time in a state of appreciation.
This week we're looking at conventions. Plus more as always -- enjoy!
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