Remember September? When the school year stretched out before you — lots of time to do lots of teaching.
Then, suddenly, it’s January. Testing (might be) looming in the near future, you have a pile of standards to get through…why are there so many daily distractions that keep us from teaching content material?! And let’s not even talk about flu season!
If you’re an ELA teacher, you may be looking at the modes of writing your students need to master in the next few months. And have you noticed how a writing assignment can get away from you? You plan for two weeks and a month later, you’re still trying to get your students to publication.
A very, very simple tool that can help you and your students stay on track is a writing scheduler. When you begin planning a writing project, sit down and think about all the components necessary to bring this to completion. How many conferences do you want? Peer reviews? Graphic organizers?
Draw your plan on a calendar, but build in some “catch up” time. Then plug in the writing goals and dates in the writing scheduler.
As I described in last-week’s post, I have students staple the writing scheduler into their writing folders. I let them know the timeline for the project, so they have an idea of what they should be working on during writing workshop.
Of course, the best laid plans…as they say. Don’t be too upset if you need to change dates, but don’t shy away from keeping your students on a writing schedule. Give it a try! Grab the free scheduler and suggestions for use at my Teachers Pay Teacher store.