Sunday, June 8, 2014

Loved That Lesson Linky: June Lessons!

It's month #2!  I know lots of teacher bloggers are finishing up the school this month may be a little quieter--who knows?!?

So my "Loved That Lesson" for June was a great day of reflecting on our accomplishments in writing this year!  We started off by brainstorming a list of everything we knew about good awesome writing. The students did a nice job on their's all their ideas, so there are a few things I wish had gotten added--but overall it's a pretty decent list.  As they brainstormed, I tried to consolidate, organize,  and add on where it made sense.

After that, I passed back a TON of their writing from this year and pulled out our writing and reader's notebooks.  We had a little chat about how writing in reading, science, math, and social studies is still writing--and we should see these qualities of good writing in those subjects too!  Students hadn't really thought about it like that...and apparently I hadn't conveyed that well (feels like I said it a million times?). Next year I'll do better...I can tell it's worth it!

The students had a BLAST looking over their writing, referring to their giant checklist, and talking about what they would do differently if they could rewrite the pieces now with all their "wisdom and skills".  After they spent some time sharing their pieces and looking through their notebooks, I asked them to do a little reflecting on what they feel they are doing well as a writer, and where they still may need to set goals.
All in all, we spent about a half hour just enjoying all the great writing they had done this year...and I think next year I'm going to try to do this each quarter so they can do some better goal setting for the following quarter.  It was a super nice way to spend one of our last writing classes! 


So…what next?  Grab the image now if you want to save it to use each month…start thinking about a great lesson you have done recently—or keep your brain thinkin’ over the next weeks so you are ready to link up in July if you aren't ready this month. July will have a little different "flair"--because we won't be teaching, be thinking of a post about a lesson you can't WAIT to teach!  Blog about it, link up, and share it with all of us!

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  1. I'm gonna pin this post to remind myself to do this lesson. It's so simple, but I can see how, at the end of the year, with the students' maturity level and practiced writing skills this could really be a meaningful lesson. Time needs to go by before they pick up that piece of writing, look at it again, and see mistakes and places where they can make it better. Great idea, Meg!

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  2. This looks like a great lesson to wrap up a year packed full of writing! So simple and so effective. Hopefully I can remember to do this next year. It could be useful at the beginning of the year to talk about writing in different subject areas... keepin' it nice and all! :)

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  3. Thanks for Sharing and putting together this great linky idea:)

  4. I just linked up and LOVE this idea! I posted that this is like "one stop shopping!" Best linky idea ever!! I love your writing idea! I'm going to remember that next year. Thanks again for the party!