Reflection: High Quality Task F451 Reading Assignment 3: Day 2 - Section 1: Anticipatory Set

 

 I have found that, if the students are going to truly find value in various writing tasks that are assigned, they must be given an opportunity to feel validated and appreciated for their efforts and contributions. When they simply write something down and move on, never to really return to it, they start to perceive it as merely busy work. I know this to be true as a number of students have communicated this to me in the past. This perception can and most assuredly will destroy any and all intended benefit(s) associated with such a task. Simply being compliant and completing a task almost never will result in true growth and learning.

In light of the student feedback, I have worked diligently to ensure that students have even just a few minutes after each quickwrite (or similar task) to share their thoughts, experiences, goals, etc. with one another. As a result, I see increased effort, care, and concern on the part of the students with these tasks. I also see that they are more and more able to make connections between these activities and the larger concepts we are working on, which is my genuine intention each time I give such an assignment for them to complete. I also have found that the students question why we do one thing or another less and less often. I believe that when they consistently feel a sense of validation after each activity, they begin to just assume that other activities also have value, whether they can see what that specifically is at the time or not. They begin to have more faith and trust in me as the captain of the ship.

  The Need for Validation
  High Quality Task: The Need for Validation
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F451 Reading Assignment 3: Day 2

Unit 5: Fahrenheit 451 - Novel Study
Lesson 11 of 16

Objective: Students will apply language and reading comprehension skills as they read each section of the novel, while continuing to build upon current skill set and abilities.

Big Idea: Seeking Truth Is Like Trying To Catch Sand In A Sieve

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English / Language Arts, Reading, symbolism (Literary Terms), theme, fahrenheit 451, the sieve and the sand, anticipation
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