Reflection: Lesson Planning Beginning Of The Year Quickwrites and Freewrites - Section 1: Quick write and free writes resources

 

If you're reading this reflection, you've probably spent countless hours combing through various professional development books and web-sites for resources to use in your classroom. There is so much information out there it can be hard to figure out how to narrow it down. My suggestion is to try. The quick writes in this lesson have been the work of a few years experience of seeing what would work and what wouldn't.

A challenging aspect of lesson planning and unit planning is finding resources and figuring out if it will work or not. This is especially true of new teachers. The best way to figure that out is just to try. Narrow down a few options and then take it from there. Life would be great if there was a magic wand that gave us all of the resources immediately, but there's no fun in that. Sure narrowing down can be overwhelming, but I find the experience of trying new resources in my classroom fun, although slightly nerve-wrecking at the same time.

The most important lesson planning that I do is done during classroom. I would much rather see what is and what is not working in my classroom then figuring out what could work. Once you have a few ideas, whether it be resources, texts, etc., take them for a spin.

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Beginning Of The Year Quickwrites and Freewrites

Unit 1: Welcome To 8th Grade Language Arts
Lesson 5 of 5

Objective: SWBAT practice quick writes and free writes to develop thinking skills.

Big Idea: Quick writes: let the pencil be the guide.

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