There are times in the classroom when you have to take a step back and realize that what you are doing is just not working. That doesn’t mean you are failing as a teacher, it just means that you are recognizing your students’ needs. This moment recently came up during our writer’s workshop.
Usually during our small group writing center I use a journal writing template that has space for students to draw a picture and write about their drawing. There is also a checklist so that students can edit their work, and 2 Stars and a Wish. This template (it is a free download in my store here: Journal Writing Page) has worked great in past years, but our Year 1 students were really struggling with it this time.
After realizing this, I made a new template that was much simpler- all they need to do is draw a picture and label it. They do not have to write out full words, I just ask for them to try and write the first letter that they hear. This has worked much better for our students, and has led them to be more successful, and I don’t get as frustrated!
If you would like to try this simple template, you can download it for free here:
Is there a time when you had to take a step back and re-think something you were doing in your classroom? Let me know in the comments!