Reflection: Positive Reinforcement F451 Writing About Theme in "The Hearth and the Salamander" - Planning & Draft 1 - Section 2: Independent Practice

 

As I alluded to in the lesson section, I have found a good deal of success by providing brief, focused feedback to the students as they are in the early stages of drafting their essays. By focusing this feedback on an area that I feel will most benefit them in a more immediate sense, it becomes a more manageable task for most of them to accomplish, thus giving them another place to plant a confidence flag, so to speak. Writing has been of great concern throughout my campus, school district, county, and state in recent years, so I have made concerted efforts to not only improve the students' skill set in this regard, but also to build up their confidence as well. Together, these two aspects can have an enormous impact on growth and achievement for them. 

The other variable in this equation, in conjunction with feedback being very specific and focused, is that the feedback comes at such an early stage in the process, while students are still formulating and solidifying their concepts and approaches. By catching them at this early point, I reach them at a point where they remain more flexible and able to adjust their thinking accordingly. The longer I wait to provide feedback, the more committed they get to their efforts, and the harder it will be for them to make meaningful and necessary adjustments. To put it into more fun terms, you CAN teach and old dog new tricks, but it will take a lot longer to be successful in doing so. The sooner, the easier. The easier, the better. 

  Feedback in the Moment to Increase Success and Achievement
  Positive Reinforcement: Feedback in the Moment to Increase Success and Achievement
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F451 Writing About Theme in "The Hearth and the Salamander" - Planning & Draft 1

Unit 5: Fahrenheit 451 - Novel Study
Lesson 7 of 16

Objective: Students will work through the planning process for an essay about one of the themes addressed in the first section of Fahrenheit 451.

Big Idea: What Does Conformity Mean Again? Oh, That's Right!

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English / Language Arts, Writing, evidence (Composition Basics), Reading, theme, essay, fahrenheit 451, bradbury, first draft, anticipation
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