Have you noticed our excitement about our FIRST Saturday Study? Yes, it’s true. Karen Caine and I are over the moon that so many passionate educators have already said YES to joining us for a day of collaboration and conversation.
Perhaps you have been considering signing up, but want to know more. In this blog post, I’ll give you a sneak peek into one of our workshops: Adjusting Your Units of Study to Better Ignite and Engage Student Curiosity
Yesterday I visited a school and I was working with third grade teachers and students in the midst of their persuasive letter unit. Before the study began, the teachers worked tirelessly to come up with their big ideas for their unit of study and then detailed these big ideas with carefully planned out lessons. Truthfully, they were feeling frustrated because the lessons they worked so hard on before the unit began were not engaging or moving the kids in the ways they wanted them to.
On the day I was there, we looked at student writing after we had conducted the minilesson. We admired how the kids had strong topics and opinions. Most of the kids also had solid reasons to support their opinions. As we delved deeper, we noticed that most kids didn’t include details/evidence to support their reasons. This deep dive into their writing made planning the next few lessons feel seamless and joyful. These lessons were also sure to spark the kids interest because they would see throughout the lessons how what they did helped us figure out what to teach.
The teachers are going to adjust how they plan their writing units of study. Moving forward they will not plan out the details of the lessons before the unit begins. Rather, they will start with some big ideas/goals, as well as some possible minilessons that go along with these goals. But the details of those lessons they’ll figure out by watching the kids and studying the writing throughout the unit.
Come to Saturday Study to discover even more ways to adjust your writing units of study. We know that it will help you and your kids not only feel more invested, but also more excited to strive towards the highest quality of writing possible.
As always, I would love to hear your thoughts and questions in the comments below. And stay tuned for our next sneak peek in a few weeks!