“Mrs. Sears, how do you spell like?”
“Mrs. Sears, I don’t know what to write about.”
“Mrs. Sears, I don’t like writing.”
WHY ARE ALL THESE PAPERS BLANK?!!!!! WHY AREN’T YOU WRITING?!!!!!
Does any of this sound familiar?
I was just like you. My students hated writing and I am pretty sure I hated it even more than they did. I was stressed about trying to prepare them for THE TEST and all they were doing was staring at the clock. I knew that I needed to teach mini lessons to help improve their writing skills, but I had NO CLUE where to start!
I honestly started crossing my fingers that we would have a fire drill during writing time. Standing in the grass in the 110 degree heat sounded better than teaching writing.
It was awful.
After countless failed writing lessons, I had a lightbulb moment.
My mini lessons are too long and too complicated. I need to make them more concise. I need to break down these big skills into bite size chunks for my sweet kiddos. I need to involve them in the lesson. Maybe I can make the lesson more visual.
My mind was off to the races!
Are you ready to see what I came up with?
My writing units are actually fun to teach and meaningful for students. WIN! WIN!
- lesson plans that are easy to read and implement without spending hours prepping
- anchor charts that are digital so that I don’t have to make them every day
- student printables so that they can participate and have resources to refer back to when they forget
- mentor text passages so that I don’t have to buy or borrow a ton of books
- task cards so that we can actually practice a skill before expecting my students to do it independently
- rubrics that are easy enough for me to use after only half a cup of coffee