Reflection: Classroom Setup Concluding Sentences - Section 1: Teaching Concluding Sentences: Reference Sheet


You've heard me talk a lot about reference sheets. You haven't heard me talk about notes.

The math teachers at my school have students keep math notebooks.  They use composition books because it's harder to rip pages out.  Not impossible, mind you, just harder. All the notes go in the book, there's a table of contents, and students often hang on to those notebooks for dear life. If they were drowning, some students would grab the math notebook instead of a lifeboat. 

I tried to make it work with English, but it doesn't. And I think that's the difference between math and English.  Math is so linear.  English spirals. In math, while there's always review, students learn one concept and another concept builds on the previous concept.  With English, we're continually going around and around.

We revisit main idea over and over again with different passages and various genres.  We continually analyze the author's use of language, both literal and figurative. We're comparing versions and accounts in everything we read.  We go around and around and around. 

And so reference sheets, I think, make a whole lot of sense in English.  Notes have their place, but most of the stuff that I learned about English?  Wasn't learned through notes.  Most of what we do in our own jobs?  Doesn't include notes.

And so this year, I'm relying heavily on reference sheets.  You'll still see some note taking, because it is a valid skill, but I'm not relying on as much.  Instead, I have fully embraced the reference sheet.

  Musings on Reference Sheets and Notes
  Classroom Setup: Musings on Reference Sheets and Notes
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Concluding Sentences

Unit 1: Laying the Foundations: Teaching Routines, Procedures, and Expectations through Authentic Activities
Lesson 10 of 11

Objective: Students will be able to write a concluding sentence by utilizing a reference sheet, analyzing a sample paragraph, and writing original sentences.

Big Idea: Concluding sentences are like topic sentences with different words and a different order.

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