WSISD Curriculum & Instruction
4th Six Weeks Newsletter
WSISD Problem of Practice: Evidence of Critical Thinking through Writing Across the Curriculum
10 Best Practices in Writing
- providing frequent opportunities for students to engage in authentic writing in journals (student reflections, analysis, making connections)
- utilizing Thinking Maps and the Frame of Reference to take student thinking to a piece of writing
- utilizing Workshop Model framework daily to provide students with struggle time and opportunities for critical thinking and problem solving during the work period
- providing rigorous and relevant "Quadrant D" learning experiences daily
- providing explicit teacher modeling of the writing process
- co-creating anchor charts for student reference
- providing real purposes and audiences for writing
- holding brief teacher-student conferences
- teaching students to reflect on their own writing progress
- providing meaningful teacher feedback in journals
What Single Practice has the Most Powerful Impact on Student Achievement??? FEEDBACK
Not all feedback is equally effective though.
5 WAYS FOR TEACHERS TO PROVIDE MEANINGFUL FEEDBACK
1.) Be as Specific as Possible-Take the time to provide learners with information on what exactly they did well, and what may still need improvement rather than just saying "Great job!" Has a student's performance changed or improved since the last time you assessed them? Let students know how they are progressing.
2.) The Sooner the Better- Researchers have found that students that receive immediate feedback showed a significantly larger increase in performance than those who had received delayed feedback. It's not always possible to provide students with feedback right on the spot, but sooner is definitely better than later.
3.) Address the Learner's Advancement Toward a Goal- Effective feedback is most often oriented around a specific goal that students are working toward. Provide students with precise language on what to do to improve. When giving feedback, it should be clear to students how the information they are receiving will help them progress toward their final goal.
4.) Present Feedback Carefully- Utilize growth mindset language when providing feedback and encourage students that their effort results in more learning. Help students understand that the feedback is meant to help them compete against their own personal bests rather than each other.
5.) Involve Learners in the Process- Students must be given access to information about their performance. Students need to know if they actually mastered the material or not. Giving students information about the ways they are studying, reading, writing, searching for information, or answering questions is invaluable.
The Heart of Workshop Model is One-on-One Conversations with Kids
(1) What are you working on?
(2) How is it going?
(3) What do you plan to do next? or How can I help you right now?
These short and sweet conferences promote learning of content through teaching a habit of mind. These questions teach students how to reflect on their own work, review their own progress, identify their own problems, set their own goals, and make plans about steps they are going to take to improve.