Reflection: Student Communication Revising for Concise Explanation - Section 2: Revising Essay Three


Today, one of my students sat idle, confused. Why?

"Well, I wasn't here when we started this." That was a week ago. What should have happened?

Clearly, the answer is make-up work. But it didn't happen. Unfortunately, this isn't uncommon--just very frustrating for me.

I maintain a detailed class website with a daily agenda and all class materials. I keep a weekly agenda on the board in the classroom. I entered the original assignment in the grade book. There was no reason for this student, or any student, to be behind, absent or not.

I don't have the answer to the problem. I only know that sometimes I must deal with it. I helped the student find the assignment, explained what I was looking for. And then I got on my high horse just a little--how about you take care of what you missed next time? Getting behind hurts your learning.

End of story.

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Revising for Concise Explanation

Unit 1: Persuasive Writing
Lesson 13 of 22

Objective: Students will be able to make concise connections between claim, evidence, and details by revising teacher-annotated essays.

Big Idea: Connect, don't repeat.

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