Reflection: Rules and Consequences What's More Delicious Than Drafting with PIE? - Section 2: Introduction


I've heard of so many schools that they are no longer allowed to have homework because students simply aren't doing it.  I've also been trapped in situations where I've been forced to give and grade "late work" from months ago.  That said, I find it incredibly refreshing and wise that the Common Core standards have placed an emphasis on students coming to class prepared, with the homework completed with thought and care, and ready to participate in class discussion.  This makes so much sense!  I've always wondered how we were supposed to prepare our students for college and careers if we did not expect them to complete homework and participate in class.  Can you skip your homework in college or turn it in massively late?  Not if you want to pass your class!  (Okay, so technically you can if you have one of those classes that grades come only from tests...which is another great concept to bring up with students! Many of them are relieved that there might be less "homework" until they realize that they have to take 2 tests or write 3 essays that determine their entire semester's fate!  Few of them consider the self-discipline that's needed and that the Common Core enforces to come to class prepared, regardless of the assignment.)  Can you blow off deadlines for work?  I certainly can't!  There's not even late work in most jobs.  I love, then, that the Common Core is filtering this idea of work ethic and grit down to students.  They certainly need it to face what they are facing moving into the world in front of them.

Another positive feature of this standard is that it makes a great talking point for parents and students, and it bolsters the validity of late work policies.  Parents are much more likely to support your late work policy if it is framed at the beginning of the course in the Common Core and real world standards.  They are also happier to accept this policy when you have an open, frequent line of communication with them.  I know that I tend to over-watch my students on their digital accounts to be sure that they are doing their work, but it's so important to me that I have discussions with them about their progress and that I share those discussions with the parents.  Sometimes I involve parents as partners to help the student get work finished, but often I just email them about their child's discussion with me about their progress and plan moving forward.  I don't want to make students feel like I'm tattling on them, but I also don't want parents to be left out of the loop and angry at a lack of communication later.  Creating a dynamic where you as a teacher are working with the student and reporting/updating parents is much more helpful, as this way parents are more willing to see their child in a more grown-up, independent role, cutting down the number of excuses they are willing to make for them.  

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What's More Delicious Than Drafting with PIE?

Unit 7: Drafting & Revising the Argumentative Research Paper
Lesson 1 of 7

Objective: SWBAT utilize PIE structure to craft the informational section of their research paper, focusing on building unified, well-supported paragraphs and varying syntax.

Big Idea: This is the easiest way to teach paragraph construction utilizing evidence. Period. Check it out before you grade another wandering essay!

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