Reflection: ELL Students It's Time To Edit! - Section 6: Debriefing


In reflecting about this lesson, I reflected on all of the lessons in this unit. When I asked my students to write an opinion about the book, that didn't go as planned (see the third lesson in the unit). I thought about scratching the lesson and beginning again, but I didn't. Instead I let them write an opinion on the book or the character Velvet (see the fourth lesson in the unit). I felt that was the right decision to make because it allowed us to continue with the flow of the unit and the skills that I was targeting: forming an opinion, supplying reasons, including a concluding statement and the writing process of revising, editing and publishing.

The reason I write this is because as teachers sometimes we need to look at the big picture and not get caught up with a lesson that didn't go well. We need to be flexible and ask ourselves whether that one lesson in the scheme of things really disrupted the end goal. In my case, it did not and I didn't need to make my students start all over gain, negating their efforts in writing their opinion pieces. What is important to keep in mind is the process. Teaching can be messy, and that messiness can help us learn and grow if we let it.

In debriefing with my students specifically about peer editing, some students found the process hard and others found it easy. I asked what was hard about it, and one student said their partner did not know what to say. This is good feedback about my modeling. Next time when I model, I need to make sure my students understand what they need to say to one another as they proceed with the checklist.

In the end, I was pleased with how my students proceeded with the editing and publishing process. I feel the checklists are great tools to guide them, and I will continue to use them as well as model given my English Language Learners benefit much from it.

  ELL Students: Debriefing the editing process
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It's Time To Edit!

Unit 15: Odd Velvet: How do we measure odd?
Lesson 6 of 6

Objective: SWBAT edit their paragraphs to publish them using feedback from peers.

Big Idea: Peers can be very helpful in helping us improve our writing. What are ways they can do that? Come learn about simple tools to empower students to peer and self edit.

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