Thank you for your comments. There is so much frustration in teaching, so many things you can do and "not" do in the classroom. It can be frustrating.
I am using some of these same techniques with my class. I am in a 90-90 school. (90% Low SES and 90% Eld) It makes for some tough days.
Let me say though, I'm seeing that the effective and efficient teaching of writing mixed with strong classroom managment is working powerfully on my kids.
I'm only on day 4 of implementing my system this year but I can tell you it's working incredibly.
I'm using SYMBOLS, BLANK JOURNALS, and BRAIN research to see this happen.
For writing the basic symbols represent sentences and paragraphs. Teaching kids topic sentence structure is KEY. We wrote our first paragraph on 9-11 and it was VERY effective.
My students have a blank spiral notebook for Writing, Math, Social Studies and Grammar. These books are proving highly effective for my students.
They are coming from so many struggles. I have 3 kids at home myself. My wife homeschools 2 of them and the third is in public school. One of the curriculums' of my kids is called the Well Trained Mind and though I don't even know what it is, the concept certainly explains what I'm doing with my kids.
Our class theme is FALCONS, my name is Vic Fulmizi, so they are known as my Falcons!
They come from poverty, violence, gangs and all sorts of other junk that I just can't even list without getting too sad.
Thanks for this post because it is confirming something that I am seeing with them. My falcons are soaring thanks to your efforts.
Thank you! I would love to see examples. I am grateful that your students are succeeding- it is taking a lot of modeling in my classroom to get what I desire, yet I bet we will be completing routines even more efficiently once we enter the second quarter (at the latest). This is the class I where have had the highest- and the most- goals for writing and reading. - Victoria
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