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Managing small-group and individual work during Writing Workshop

In order to spend time working with students in small groups and/or individually, it is important to make sure the students you are not working with are engaged in learning activities. Here are some ways teachers manage these learning activities with questions to think about if you choose to implement them...

Learning activity

What it might look like

Things to consider

Literacy centers

•  Listening center

•  Making words/sentences with letter/word manipulatives

•  Poetry/song box where students reread poems/songs that were read in the whole class setting

•  Writing center

•  Finding fascinating words

•  Grammar tasks

•  What learning objectives will be addressed by the centers?

•  Where will these be located in the room?

•  What behavioral expectations will I have for the students when they are in centers?

•  What expectations will I have for the work the students do when they are in centers?

•  How will I communicate all of these expectations to the children?

•  Will the students choose centers or rotate through them?

•  How often will I change the activity in the center?

Independent writing

Students independently writing texts of choice.

•  How will I know whether students are trying different genres when they are writing?

•  How will the students keep a record of what they have written?

•  How will I keep track of what the students have written and learned?

•  Where will the students be allowed to sit to write?

Paired writing

Students write texts with partner.

 

•  What expectations will I have for the students' when writing with a partner?

•  How will I communicate these expectations to the children?

•  How will the partners be chosen?

•  Do my students know how to work with a partner?

Peer editing or peer revision

Students work with a peer who listens to their writing and then provides revision and/or editing feedback.

•  What expectations will I have for the students during peer editing/revision?

•  How will I communicate these expectations to the children?

•  How will the partners be chosen?

•  Do my students know how to help another student with editing and revision? If not, how can I help them learn how to do these things?

Seatwork

Students work at desks on assignments given by the teacher.

•  Are the same assignments appropriate for all students?

•  Will students be expected to work alone or can they work with partners/groups?

•  What feedback will children receive on this work?

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•  What things do you need to think about in order to implement this learning activity?