Coaching Connection

The Architecture of a Minilesson


"The fact that we, as teachers, say something has very little to do with whether our children learn it. Telling them is not teaching. If we want our minilessons to stand a chance of making a lasting impression on our students, it's wise to nudge students to "have a go" or to "try it on" as they sit together at the carpet." (Calkins)

Make sure every kid tries the strategy before you end your lesson. Invite them to try something quick and small. Giving students a sample is enough.

Examples of active engagement:

Turn and Talk

Stop and Jot

List Across Your Fingers

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