Reflection: Student Ownership Notes on Poetry Part 1 - Section 2: Instructional Input


I love using ISNs in my classroom. After I spent my first year trying to implement them, and failing, I was pretty down about them. I was lucky enough to have a coworker who was seeing fantastic success with them in her classes, who convinced me to persevere and try again. She also offered her support and feedback in order to help me make sense of it in the context of my classroom environment and procedures. 

As I worked with her in an informal PLC, she helped me to streamline some of the aspects that I struggled with. While ISNs are very helpful for student processing, they can be a bear to grade and provide feedback for, if not careful. In my first effort, the grading portion became overwhelming in addition to regular daily grading and writing that needed feedback and grading as well. In response to feeling overwhelmed, I stepped back and stopped grading them, but continued to assign work in them. The lack of accountability led to a drastic decrease in the effort that students put into this work, when they even completed it. 

In order to streamline this process and continue to hold students accountable, I bought some cheap, small stamps. Now, when kids are working on a warm-up or an activity, I am able to move through the room, review the assigned work, and give an immediate grade, with verbal feedback when needed, just by stamping the table of contents listing for that assignment. Then, when I need to enter a grade for the ISN into the grade book at various points in the year, I am simply looking for the number of stamps, rather than having to go through each page individually, for each individual student (I see roughly 155-170 kids a day, each school year).

This has also helped my less-organized students to have a means by which to keep track of most things we work on, in a way that is pretty easy to follow. I have seen a vast improvement in the grades of these students who come to me with a history of being disorganized and not completing or turning in much work. It is a win-win situation.

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Notes on Poetry Part 1

Unit 2: Poetry
Lesson 1 of 14

Objective: Students will participate in an interactive presentation about poetry and figurative language in order to take effective notes for the poetry unit.

Big Idea: Let's Get On The Same Page Here!

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