Just a quick share this evening. Writing is on my mind!
I'm so aware that a big part of my job is to encourage independence in my students and I try to find ways to help them help themselves.
The little ones, especially at this time of year are still so very needy and I often wish I could change my name, I get so sick of hearing it - hehe! Everyone needs help at the same time! This can be a problem during guided reading as this is not scheduled in our day and happens when the teacher has a free minute - not ideal! Our day is just too short to allow an allocated time. I've been training the children to realise that I am not always available to help. When I am finished with a guided reading group, the children can have all of my attention and they are beginning to recognise this. (I feel so mean, sometimes!)
I bought this little light.
When it is lit, the children must try other avenues first before they come to me - very cute!
My two stars of the week are my 'experts'. I had considered caps, but I had images of them turning into frisbees!! However my 'stars' do wear little pins to single them out.
The children do have wordlists, helpmats etc, but they still need encouragement to use these and often need the reassurance of a voice or the cosy feeling of collaboration.
I decided they also needed a visual reminder of what they should be doing (without me constantly nagging!) and to that end I created a writing checklist. (Download below). My hope is that the children will eventually use this checklist as a matter of course.
We are currently working on descriptive writing and stretching our sentences.
I love love love this anchor chart and made a very large one for our classroom.
I thought you might like our writing checklist, so just click on the picture to download from google docs. (Sorry, can't get it to upload in google docs properly, so please click through to my TpT store).
Fold along the middle dotted line to form a tent shape. You may need to lightly score underneath with a blade (scissors etc) to allow for a decent fold. The end result is a sturdy checklist for table/desk tops or writing areas. I usually share one between 4 students, so all have easy sight access. I find this such a useful reminder for the children before work is handed in for marking!
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