Optimal Learning Model

Sep 15, 2009 by

The optimal learning model takes Vygotsky’s ideas and puts theory into practice. In this research-based model, the responsibility for task completion shifts gradually over time from the teacher to the student. The following steps describe this shift: Teacher Modeling: Explain the strategy, demonstrate how to use it, and think aloud while demonstrating. Guided Practice: Practice using the strategy with students during shared writing and mini-lessons. Allow students to share their thinking processes. Give feedback and support. Gradually release responsibility to students. Independent Practice: Students try to apply the strategy on their own, receiving feedback from teacher and other students. Application of the Strategy: Students apply the strategy in a new format or more difficult text. When we employ mentor texts as part of our writing instruction, we work through this recursive process of modeling,...

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Teaching Conventions

Apr 7, 2009 by

The mini-lessons described on the previous pages are considered “craft” lessons.  They equip young writers with techniques used by professional writers.  With practice students can learn to use these techniques effectively to create their own literature.   Using craft techniques effectively, however, is not enough.  Students must also become competent at using language conventions correctly in order to successfully communicate with the reader.  Instruction on language conventions consists of three main components: 1.    Direct instruction on specific language conventions 2.    Practice and application of these skills 3.    Self-editing writing to make corrections or revisions Conventions Mini-lessons The most effective conventions lessons will be those drawn from the needs of students.  When you notice several students struggling with a particular skill, that is a good time to introduce the skill (direct instruction) to the entire class. ...

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Reading Self-Evaluation

Mar 3, 2009 by

At the end of each grading period I ask students to reflect on their own reading and self-evaluate. This self-evaluation is then added to their portfolios. Click on picture to enlarge. Download Reading Self-Evaluations These reflections are used to help students set personal reading goals for the following grading period.  See Goal Setting Ideas. Share...

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Reading Folders

Feb 26, 2009 by

I have found that using reading folders helps with the management aspects of reading workshop.  I purchase 2-pocket folders with grommets from Target or Wal Mart when they sell for a few pennies during the summer.  I color-code my folders for various subjects.  We use red for our reading folders. The following are the contents included in my reading folders:   Reading Goals and Goal-Setting Ideas Click to enlarge. Download My Reading Goals Form Download Goal Setting Ideas Rules for Reading Workshop I introduce the rules for reading workshop during procedural mini-lessons during the launching unit of my reading workshop.         Download Reading Workshop Rules Reading Log I photocopy one of these for each week of the school year.  Students record titles they read both at school and at home in the...

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Children’s Literature and the Voice Trait...

Feb 19, 2009 by

    Introducing Letter Writing Dear Mrs. LaRue: Letters from Obedience School by Mark Teague Dear Tooth Fairy by Pamela Duncan Edwards Journey of Oliver Woodman by Darcy Pattison The First Year Letters  by Julie Dannegerg The Gardener by Sarah Stewart With Love, From Little Red Hen by Alma Flor Ada Yours Truly, Goldilocks by Alma Flor Ada Point of View Arnie the Doughnut by Laurie Keller Cinderella’s Rat by Susan Meddaugh Diary of a Worm by Doreen Cronin Dirty Laundry Pile: Poems in Different Voices by Paul Janeczko (ed.) Hey, Little Ant by Phillip and Hannah Hoose I Am the Dog, I Am the Cat  by Donald Hall My Big Dog by Janet Stevens and Susan Stevens Crummel The Fall of Freddie the Leaf by Leo Buscaglia The True Story of the Three...

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About Annemarie

Feb 11, 2009 by

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