For the month of March, I am participating in the Slice of Life Challenge, hosted by the community of writers at Two Writing Teachers. Many of my slices are at my personal blog, Just Write, Melanie, but ones that deal specifically with education appear here. All are welcome to join the slicing party by reading and commenting. People write amazing posts.
Last week, I had a conversation with one of the teachers I've been working with. She has been asking me to work as much with the strong writers in her room as the struggling ones, and she has some students who have taken off as writers this year. We have done a lot of goal-setting with students in her class, so they are familiar with the idea of working on specific strategies.
"What if you allowed some students to be the experts on specific aspects of opinion writing?" I asked her.
I sketched out what a chart could look like, with students possibly signing up as "experts" on a strategy.
This particular teacher always takes my sketches and makes them look way better than my scrawl. I have a new favorite wall.