Reflection: Routines and Procedures Reflection Letters - Section 2: Weekly Application


I know that some teachers assign "reflective" activities with the expectation that the kids will remember all they've done during the week and just write.  The first year I did this, I refused to write anything on the board about our week, expecting the kids to pull the memorable experiences out of their brain upon command.  Well...when this proved difficult for many kids, I decided to test it myself.  I could barely remember what we had done two days prior, let alone back on Monday!  After that realization, I began the very easy and beneficial task of pulling out my plan book, and copying the various things we did onto the Smart Board.  Kids would volunteer things I'd forgotten...a fire drill, a concert in the evening, someone's birthday, I'd add it.  This small action turned a laborious task into something less painful and doable, even if I still heard groans from time to time.

My bottom line wasn't, "What can the kids remember to write about in a letter?" but, "What do the kids think is important enough to include in a letter?"  Distinguishing the difference is necessary because it proves that there's nothing wrong with sticking all the information on the board.

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Reflection Letters

Unit 15: We're Always Writing Something!
Lesson 1 of 11

Objective: TSWBAT produce clear and coherent writing appropriate to their audience (their family) each week, which will bound in a book at the end of the year.

Big Idea: Reflect, Write, Reply, Return....Read all about your 5th grade year!

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