Improve Writing Instruction
Today's Learning Objective
Teachers will be able to identify similarities and differences betwen D5 practices and the Writer's Workshop approach.
Marzano's research in best practices has identified comparing and contrasting as a highly successful instructional strategy. My goal in utilizing this best practice with the staff today was to help them recognize that they already have many of the tools to take our writing instruction to a new level.
|Teachers list the similarities and differences between |
D5/CAFE and their current Writer's Workshop
Each grade level team was given a sheet of paper to make a comparison chart between Daily 5 and Writer's Workshop. They could come up with a chart, a Venn diagram, or any other visual means to show the similarities and differences. After each team completed the task, we discussed and recorded some of their ideas.
|After each grade level made their own comparison charts, I recorded some of their ideas|
for the whole group to see
It was my goal for the staff to see that many of the procedures they have taught their students and the practices they employ each day during their reading block will transfer quite nicely to the writer's workshop. Realizing we have been on a 2.5 year journey to school-wide Daily 5 and CAFE, I know that there is still some work to do-- professional development, support and encouragement. However, after today's comparison, I feel the staff believes that improving our writing block will be an easier path due to the foundation the D5/CAFE has provided. Just one more reason to thank the sisters. Thank you Gail and Joan!