Reflection: Grappling with Complexity Writing Our Sloppy Copies and Peer Editing - Day 4 Honeybees - Section 3: Writing and Peer Editing

 

     As I've mentioned before, in the past, I've always taken the lead and done all the work when it comes to editing.  This time I stepped back.  For it being the first time the whole class attempted peer editing, they did fairly well. Having said this, we are far from mastering editing. If you watched the peer editing video some of the things that stood out to me was one student read his partner's work and it was full of mistakes and he just kept on reading.  He didn't notice one mistake. I also loved how the two little girls in the last part of the video interacted with each other.  The first girl started with "This part is good." Then she wanted to say more but the other little girl snagged her paper back and started reading it.  I think she was offended with what her partner was trying to tell her.  Part of the whole editing process is getting students to the point where they are at least receptive to what others have to say about their work.  If we look at the anchor standard for W1.5 - CCRA. W.5 - Develop and strengthen writing as needed by planning, revising, editing, rewriting, or trying a new approach. If I think about the last part of the peer editing video the one little girl could have tried a new approach to fixing her writing if she had been receptive to hearing what her partner had to say.  So - we're definitely not there with achieving W1.5 but we need to keep going because the eventual goal is to get them on the path to achieve that anchor standard for college and career readiness.  If I keep doing all the work, how are they every going to improve?  It's time to shut my mouth and get them working. 

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Writing Our Sloppy Copies and Peer Editing - Day 4 Honeybees

Unit 2: Introduction to Expository Writing About Honeybees
Lesson 4 of 5

Objective: SWBAT write a sloppy copy from their flow map and then help to edit a peer's writing.

Big Idea: You mean I have to write my story again, have someone check to make sure it's right, and fix my mistakes?

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