Wednesday, April 15, 2015
Monday, March 30, 2015
As teachers, we all know how important it is for our students to learn to develop proper writing skills. Learning the six traits of writing is vital for our students to become good writers. Using mentor texts is also a great and fun way to teach and model these traits of writing!
When teaching the six traits, I select a picture book or mentor text in English or Spanish (depending on the language of the day) that my students will enjoy as a read aloud. We analyze the book together and review its ideas (theme), organization (story structure), word choice (descriptive words used and word phrases), voice (writer’s mood or personality), sentence fluency (review how
When modeling the six traits, I focus on one trait at a time through a mini-lesson. For example, when I focused on
I also created a story map as a visual for my students to see how the sequence of events
After our mini-lesson, my students created a three-way
I also modeled the other five traits through the use of this one mentor text! There
Mentor texts have always been part of my writing instruction. This is why I was
Tuesday, March 10, 2015
As a teacher, creating engaging lessons is vital in keeping your students engaged and excited about learning. Using mentor texts that your students can connect to and are familiar with during reading, writing and other subject
We didn’t just read books to cover our author study; we put those books to use that made our reading and learning more meaningful and purposeful! Before you knew it, our classroom was covered with anchor charts labeled with genre specific information and text they could refer to for those genres. The author study was a great success!
Wednesday, February 25, 2015
One of the biggest questions that teachers find themselves asking, especially when teaching ELLs is, "Did my students get the "gist" of what I want them to learn?" "Is their second language proficiency improving, and if so, in what area?"
Using this rubric, and others, allowed me to evaluate students' writing as well as their speaking. As you all know, a students' writing mirrors the way they speak. This tool helped me tremendously! It helped me track my student's progress, my grading was less subjective and it gave more accountability for both my students' learning and my teaching. I later created a more formal rubric that I used for other subject areas, which made grading a whole lot easier!
Saturday, August 2, 2014
We are getting ready to start setting up our classrooms soon, so we should be asking ourselves:
Is our classroom ready for the 21st century learner?
The great news is that 21st-century learning can take place in every school and in every classroom!
It is evident that technology influences how our students learn. Not only educators and learners have changed, but also learning tools have evolved. While I was training teachers, I realized that some of them are reluctant to prepare themselves for this change.
Their main concern is that they do not feel like they have enough tools, knowledge and time to implement technology.
It is crucial for us to know how to use technologies to make material accessible and engaging. It is never too late to learn and if we are in education for our students, we can at least start somewhere. Let's not forget that technology is ever-changing, and we should not leave our children behind.
Where can we start?
The main question we should ask ourselves is—what do we want students to learn? Then we can choose what technology is appropriate for our students.
- What tools and technologies will help my students (and
perhaps colleagues) create, collaborate, and communicate better?
- How can I let students learn with technology the way that they already live with their technology?
- What is the appropriate role of the web, social media, mobile technologies, interactive white- boards, etc., in today's classroom?
Here are more questions that can help you get ready: