Writing Workshop & Assessments
Have you administered the "on-demand" preassessment? These assessments are found in the "Writing Pathways" book in your Lucy Calkins writing kit. The rubrics to grade this on-demand can be found on the CD that came with the units. This assessment will help you get a data baseline for your students writing ability and help guide your instruction/personalized writing goals.
You should still be working on the "launching" of writer's workshop. See the files below for more information.
Here is a refresher about the structure of Writing Workshop:
Mini Lesson - no more than 10 minutes
-Meet as a group
Connection - "Connect the skill"
Teaching Point - "Today I want to Teach You"
Teach - "Watch Me"
Active Engagement - "Now its your turn"
Link - "Today & Everyday remember..."
Mid Workshop - 30-40 minutes
-point out great things (mid workshop teaching point)
Wrap Up/Closing - 5-10 minutes
-Every kid shares every day (not necessarily individually but with partners or in groups)
How to Find Assessments in Fulton Connect
Like so much of classroom management, the key to managing voice levels is to define for your students what you expect of them—and then hold them to it. Your students need to know during the school day whether it’s an allowable time to talk, who they’re free to talk with, and what volume level is appropriate. The idea is to standardize a few simple volume levels for your classroom, teach them to your students, and then clarify for each activity which level is appropriate. For example, before releasing your students to work on an art project, you might say simply, “We are working at a level two.” It’s important—and only fair—to thoroughly teach, model, and role-play each level before putting the strategy into practice. Show your students in a detailed way how to interact and behave within each level and then let them try it out. I created the below posters for use in my classroom. Feel free to use.
How do you get the attention of your class? Why not try these attention "getters"? My favorite and go to is "Hot Fudge.....Sundae" and "Banana....split". Can you think of more?