Reflection: Rigor Writing Expository Text About a Community Helper Day 1 of 2 - Section 2: Categorizing Ideas On Our Tree Map


The Common Core Standards and the Master Teacher project have helped me grow so much this year.  I've had to go back and analyze my teaching and reflect on how I can make my lessons better.  I've done this not only so my students will get the most benefit in their learning, but also so that I know without a doubt that I am sharing the best possible lesson with you so your students can get the maximum benefit from these lessons.

As I reflect on this lesson, I've realized that I took too much control.  I didn't let me students have enough choice, and I didn't allow them to make the decisions in this lesson. This lesson was done in October.  My thinking at the time was that my students were too young to understand what ideas would be broad enough to write about.  I thought they wouldn't be able to brainstorm ideas without the help of an adult.

After reading several points of feedback from my coach on several of my lessons I realized I was doing to much "hand holding" of my students.  It took me some time to start letting go of control in my lessons.  It took me a whole year to begin to see that I could challenge my students, and, if I let them take more responsibility for the learning, that they could do it.  I can honestly say that the months I spent with my students showing me up and showing me that they are capable of so much more than what I was giving them credit for was an incredible learning experience for me.  So as I look back and edit this lesson and put the "finishing touches" on it, I can tell you it's OK to let go and let your students make those decisions about what they'd like to write about and put on their tree map.  They can do it.

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Writing Expository Text About a Community Helper Day 1 of 2

Unit 22: Writing Activities
Lesson 2 of 3

Objective: SWBAT write a story using key details about a community helper.

Big Idea: What's so great about our community members? Well come and find out!

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