Reflection: High Expectations Writing Expository Text About a Community Helper Day 2 of 2 - Section 3: Peer Editing


Transitioning to Common Core is a challenge and a process for all of us.  I am sometimes guilty of trying doing too much of the thinking work for my students because I so want them to produce good work and get the "right" answer all the time.  However, I am learning to let go a bit more and trying to allow students to make more mistakes by becoming more of a facilitator of the learning and not the "almighty expert."  It is something I still struggle with when editing with my students. 

Before Common Core and the discussion of rigor came along, I had the attitude that peer editing was just too hard for my first graders.  I would say things such as "Students are just learning grammar skills, so how can they recognize the proper use for them in a piece of writing?  Students are just learning how to self monitor their reading, so how will they really know if their writing makes sense or not when they read it?"  I thought it would just be easier if I edited students' work for them to make it look nice and readable.

It's only been recently that I've given up control and allowed my students to take more responsibility in the editing process.  Before I even decided to start this process with my students I thought to myself, "How can I set this process up so students are in control of their learning, they're successful with the process, and I'm not driving myself crazy either?"

Like so many things in first grade, modeling and opportunities to practice are key.  Students need to see how partner editing is conducted.  They need to see a model of how to talk to their partner and they need to see how to use the checklist to guide them as they edit.  This helps them to focus on looking for certain aspects of the writing, instead of trying to fix things willy nilly.  Are they going to be perfect in the editing process right away?  Certainly not.  Editing is a skill that needs to be practiced throughout the year in order to improve.

  The Peer Editing Process and Letting Go
  High Expectations: The Peer Editing Process and Letting Go
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Writing Expository Text About a Community Helper Day 2 of 2

Unit 22: Writing Activities
Lesson 3 of 3

Objective: SWBAT peer edit their partner's work in order to make the writing stronger.

Big Idea: Today students learn how to peer edit effectively in order to make their partner's text stronger.

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