# McElyea's Minute

## How can I incorporate writing in my instruction?

Bell Ringers
• Example: Provide a "worked" problem and have students explain the steps, justify or defend the solution.

Entrance and Exit Slips

• Example: Square - Triangle - Circle, Students write things that are "square in their mind". They write three things they learned and what is still "circling" in their mind.

Incorporate a reflective question on an assessment

• Example: What are you happy that you did in class this past six weeks? What are your goals for next six weeks?

Never Sometimes Always

• A square never has a curved side. A parallelogram is sometimes a square. The angles of a square are always 90 degrees.

Other strategies include:

It Says...I Say...So...

Somebody Wanted But So (Summarizing)

Analogies: ___________ is like ___________ because _____________________.

RAFT (creative writing) - see picture below

Always look for Titles, Graphs, Media, etc. included with the text

Drawing conclusions requires deductive reasoning (general to specific)

Making inferences requires inductive reasoning (specific to general-the big idea)

Place Matting - see picture below

Frayer Model - see picture below

## Guiding Questions

1. How are we supporting each other?
2. Are students seeing a connection?
3. Are their common vocabulary words?
4. Are we speaking the same language?

## Questioning

2. Follow it with a Probing Question
3. Conclude with a Universal Theme Question - Students make connections.

## Upcoming Dates to Note...

Week of December 22nd and 29th - Christmas Holiday

Week of January 5th

• PLCs meet at regularly scheduled times
• Data Meetings for Biology, Chemistry, US History, and ALG II
• ENG I, II, and III prep for Spring Benchmark

Week of January 12th

• PLCs will meet at regularly scheduled times in the library with Stacey for Google Drive training
• Semester Exams
• Lead Teachers will meet during B lunch on Monday this week
• Campus Admin Meeting - day & time TBD

Week of January 19th

• Monday - Holiday
• Tuesday - Staff Development Day
• PLCs will meet on Tuesday during SD Day

Week of January 26th

• ENG I, II, and III Spring Benchmark Window

## What can I do for you?

Please let me know if there is anything I can do to help you. I am here for you!

## Christy McElyea, KHS Instructional Specialist

I believe in you.

I believe in our students.

I believe in KHS.

KISD...where every student counts!