Reflection: Classroom Setup Let Me Show You How ... (Author study, Day 2 of 5) - Section 2: Guided practice


Student engagement can be a challenge during modeling portions of lessons. In the video you can see how a boy, even though he is at the front of the class, appears to be paying no attention to me. One of the rules in my classroom is that everyone must work hard and the consequences are to complete missed assignments during recess, during enrichment lessons or at home. Having such expectations and being firm about the consequences does help keep the class focused. In this case, a few moments later you can see that he is eager to participate and carefully composes a topic sentence. (He is an English learner at a beginning stage of English Language Development who has been in this country only 8 months and is working hard to learn both content and language).

Another way in which I keep the class engaged when I am modeling a lesson, is to have them follow along as I work, so that at the end we all have the same product. They can keep the model in a folder as a reference for later independent work.

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Let Me Show You How ... (Author study, Day 2 of 5)

Unit 4: Writing informational/explanatory text
Lesson 3 of 10

Objective: With guidance and support, SWBAT write an informational paragraph with a topic sentence, details, and a closing.

Big Idea: They can't read minds: show them!

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