The new school year is just around the corner. Have you started planning your Writing Workshop?
Inherent in Writing Workshop is the use of formative assessment—watching your kids after you teach and then revising your teaching based upon what you see.
Many of the teachers I work with are asked to write a day-to-day detailed plan for what their Writing Workshop will look like. This kind of detailed planning can eat up lots of teacher time and doesn’t support formative assessment because when you spend that kind of time writing a lesson, you feel obliged to do that lesson whether or not your kids need it.
Instead of writing a detailed day-to-day plan, why not start with a more general plan (i.e. what unit of study you are in and the types of lessons you think you might do)? Then. after you do some of the lessons, write a more detailed reflection about what actually happened, how/why you tweaked your plans and how/why you would tweak future lessons to meet the needs of the kids.
This would benefit everyone. Principals would be able to see that you had a plan, but now they could also get a glimpse into how you were able to assess kids and revise curriculum as needed. You would spend less time writing lessons that you may or may not teach and more time on formative assessment.
Teachers and principals, I would love to hear your thoughts on this tip in the comments below. What questions or concerns do you have about planning in this way?
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