Wednesday, March 11, 2015

No Worksheet Wednesday

Happy Hump Day!

I'm linking up with Primary Chalkboard for their No Worksheet Wednesday linky!
http://primarychalkboard.blogspot.com/2015/03/no-worksheet-wednesday-2.html

This year, I've been a lot more thoughtful about the work I am assigning to my students-trying to make it more rigorous/thoughtful for them, as well as cutting down on the amount of work I have to grade!

One of my favorite things that I have done (and refined from previous years!) was my Reading Notebooks.

http://kaitlyn-smiles.blogspot.com/2015/01/reading-notebooks.html
Kids record their responses to reading, task cards and other things in their middle section-totally cutting out worksheets altogether!

Plus, there is plenty of space for them to respond and show their thinking-a must in my class!

Of course, we set everything up with a table of contents.
I've taught them many different ways to respond...sometimes I let them pick, and sometimes I want to see a specific skill.


They are graded-but I've set up quick, easy labels to just pop in-much easier than grading all those papers!

Today, we focused on Story Mountain...allowing some drawing in there!
Definitely something I'll continue next year-I love the depth of thinking I see with this!

(You can do these with guided reading groups too-each of my kids have their own notebook! :)

Smiles and Sunshine,
Kaitlyn

1 comment:

  1. I really like this. I want to get better and hopefully will next year. I moved from first two fourth this year and I am just trying to feel my way through at the moment!

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