Thanks for writing up tomorrow's minilesson for me! LOL I really did just sit down to write down some notes for tomorrow's reading lesson and was so excited when I opened up your page to see a new post. :)
Stopping and jotting has become a great tool to assess student thinking while reading. I am going to recreate your chart as this is a valuable tool for my students to use on a regular basis.
I cringed at the idea of stopping and jotting on post-it notes when I first began the Teacher's College workshop model. I envisioned post-its all over my room, on the kid’s shoes, and even placed on their reading partners' backs as jokes. However, in time I have learned how to manage all these stop and jots on post-its. I require students to put the page number on their post-it and keep all of the post-its inside their book until they finish reading it. This way when I pull a child for a conference, I can look back to see the level of thinking that they are doing while reading. It helps provide me with some insight on what my next steps are for that child. When they are finished their books, they are taped neatly into their notebooks so when I can collect their notebooks I can look back at their thinking across books. By doing this, I can see where their strengths and weaknesses are.
This year, I plan to start using my students' post-its as mentors for the entire class. If a child shows strengths in a certain skill or strategy that I taught, I figure why not highlight it for the entire class to see and use as a model.
In your experience, have you seen other ways teachers have used the stop and jots as valuable tools in their classroom?
Thanks for sharing! Love the bookmark!
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