Reflection: Staircase of Complexity Writing Our Own Stories - Day 3 Honeybees - Section 3: Independent Practice


     Some of my highest achievers looked at me when we first started writing our stories with the flow map like "What am I supposed to do? Why aren't you helping me?" I had really been thinking about upping the rigor in my room at the time we did this lesson.  I didn't model any of the writing in this lesson and my students were used to me modeling for them.  What a surprise when that didn't happen! This is a big shift with Common Core.  We as teachers need to promote thinking in our classroom and move our students to working independently without as much hand holding from the teacher.  Am I guilty of hand holding?  You bet.  The whole first quarter of the school year I modeled everything for my students.  It's what I've always done before.  As I become more comfortable with the Common Core standards and feel more comfortable with challenging and pushing my students I know I will start to model less, earlier in the school year. 

     I will say that even though they started the writing process unsure of themselves and feeling a bit shaky, they made progress as fast as lightning.  By the third main idea and detail they were really creating those sentences quickly and confidently.  The comments went from "Is this how I should write it?" to "Mrs. Gresser I'm going to write it like this, or This is how I wrote it." They really had ownership of their own writing and it really felt like they had a voice and that was refreshing to see in my students. 

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Writing Our Own Stories - Day 3 Honeybees

Unit 2: Introduction to Expository Writing About Honeybees
Lesson 3 of 5

Objective: SWBAT take the information from their tree map and circle map and write their own piece of expository writing about honeybees.

Big Idea: Enough with the analyzing and planning. Today I get to write!

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