Interactive Writing Book Study Ch 9 to 10! We have reached the end of this professional book study. WOO HOO!
These final two chapters sort of bring it all together. They offer actionable ideas to help with managing interactive writing.
Interactive Writing Chapter 9: Eight Points for Preparation
I seriously think this was my favorite chapter. The authors did a great job of breaking the management of interactive writing down. They give us eight areas to consider before starting interactive writing:
- Teaching decisions
- Structure: whole or small group
- Being patient
Right out of the gate, the authors say, “Interactive writing lessons are effective only when classroom management systems are solid.” page 146! YES! YES! and might I add YES! This is the truth for any type of teaching. They go on to suggest five areas to keep in mind when thinking about classroom management:
- How will you get their attention? How will you modify your voice when students are over excited/lethargic? They also remind us that when you enjoy a lesson, your students will follow your lead.
- How will you pace your lessons to keep the ideas flowing with a minimal amount of interruptions?
- How will you arrange your classroom so that it lends itself to interactive writing? Where will the students sit? Where will the writing take place?
- How will you manage the lesson time? How will combine YOUR direct teaching with your STUDENTS’ input and processing time.
- How will you establish routines to maximize your teaching time.
On page 149, the authors provide another informative table.
and on page 150, they provide another chart to support you in your thinking.
There were so many points I took away from this chapter. I took note of a few things:
- Establish a place for students to stand when they are coming up to do their writing.
- Perhaps limit the marker color choices students are given as they might be distracting.
- Pair high-level of focus activities with times of the day when student energy level is high (example: after recess, after lunch).
- Interactive writing in primary grades is QUICK… 10-15 mins a day! Squeeze it in, but make it predictable
I also love their lesson plan template!
Interactive Writing: Chapter 10 Pulling it All Together
THIS chapter! YES! Exact lesson plan examples by grade level. I sometimes need to SEE it! It is also helpful to see the vertical alignment of the lessons.
Thank you SO much for joining me in this online PLC! I have validated some of my own understandings and learn a ton as well!
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