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Posted by Debbie Lee on February 26 2017 at 11:27 AM
In a previous blog, I explained how my students use textual evidence to respond to their Writing Zone Prompts. At the end of Trimester 2, almost every student is now writing six plus sentence responses with evidence. Today, I would like to share some examples of their work.Sometimes, students are asked to rewrite their Writing Zone compositions because they are missing textual evidence or have many grammatical errors. Here is an example of how rewriting improved my student T.M's original…
Posted by Debbie Lee on February 05 2017 at 2:59 PM
With the coming of the half-way point in this school year, students should be well ensconced in our class routines: Whole Group, Small Group, READ 180 Software, and even Independent Reading.  However, no matter how routine the routines become, I always find there is room for reflection and improvement.  If students are not self-guided in your classroom routines, or still show some confusion at times, it is up to us, their teachers, to make sure we clarify and rethink those areas that…
Posted by Debbie Lee on January 29 2017 at 2:29 PM
For some, writing comes easy. Words flow into sentences; sentences flow into paragraphs; paragraphs become essays or research papers or books.  For others, this symbiotic relationship does not exist. Many of these students end up in our READ 180 classrooms.Reading and writing are reciprocal processes - reading improves one's writing and writing improves one's reading.  For many, this relationship functions well and, as students learn to read and/or write more complex texts, the…
Posted by Debbie Lee on January 15 2017 at 5:02 PM
One of the most wished for improvements to READ 180 Next Generation is the ability for students to go back and edit their Writing Zone paragraphs.  This year, I realized there is an easy way students can edit and revise them through their school emails, or with its recent improvements, Google Classroom. For the past several years, I have saved students' Writing Zone paragraphs to show their progress in writing.  I use this progress as my NJ Student Growth Objective (SGO).…
Posted by Debbie Lee on December 20 2016 at 8:50 PM
Reading and writing are reciprocal processes, where improvements in one lead to improvements in the other and vice-versa. By giving students multiple opportunities to write, they become stronger writers. By giving students multiple opportunities to write, they also grow as readers.  The following charts describe writing prompts for each of the nine Stage C Workshops that will help build student's writing skills and writing confidence.WORKSHOP 1: SURVIVORSCheck out more information…
Posted by Debbie Lee on December 11 2016 at 9:36 AM
Sometimes… often…  it can be frustrating to teach writing.  However, given models - like the rBook Student Models (Increase Writing Part 1), or teacher modeling of writing  a.k.a. Kelly Gallagher, and writing formats or frames (Increase Writing Part 2), I have found my students will write and find success. In Increase Writing, Part 3, I want to discuss an easy, quick, and powerful way to assess students' compositions - and teach them the value of editing and…
Posted by Debbie Lee on November 26 2016 at 6:28 PM
Writing is a complex task that requires all writers to multitask a combination of mental and physical processes, which include: content, organization, sentence structure, mechanics, word retrieval, spelling, the physical process of writing and/or typing, timed writing, … and, yes, textual evidence.  Graphic organizers, prewriting, brainstorming all help students focus and make sense of all the competing processes required to write well.  In addition, teaching students writing…
Posted by Debbie Lee on November 12 2016 at 12:21 PM
Do your students struggle to write more than a couple of sentences? Do your students refuse to write essays?  Do they struggle to revise and edit their compositions?  Do they need more writing opportunities to develop as writers?ALL OF THE ABOVEThis year, I want to focus on adding additional written compositions within the rBook - compositions with depth, textual evidence, single and multiple paragraph essays, and 8-10, or more, sentences per paragraph.  This is where most of my…
Posted by Debbie Lee on October 30 2016 at 12:42 PM
When students log into READ 180, do they spend their 40 seconds of Dashboard time wisely? Or are they looking around the room, talking to other students, surfing the web, opening YouTube? Do they really understand the key data right in front of them? Or do students look at it as unimportant? READ 180's Next Generation Student Dashboard was developed with students in mind and mimics some of the video gaming features students love. But over time, they may  lose focus on what exactly their…
Posted by Debbie Lee on October 16 2016 at 3:41 PM
By now, our students should fully understand and follow the READ 180 class routines and procedures, right?  Wait….. No?   Don't worry.  It happens.  Read on for some tips to regain control and reteach essential procedures class and routines.   REALITYStudents may not embrace your class policies. Students may not fully understand or remember your class routines. It can be frustrating for teachers.  When this happens, we may have visions of how difficult the…