Writing kick off and more goals!

I’ve been reading all the short essays we wrote this week, and I appreciate how seriously most of you took that assignment. As I said in my introduction, a focus in our writing unit will be on how to use simple organizational strategies in writing to produce more and better writing efficiently. This is an important study skill because not all writing we do is as in-depth as the writing we often work on in Humanities. Sometimes, we just have to produce short essays in an efficient way.

One thing we know from our discussions about procrastination is that getting started is often the most difficult part of any job. Having a simple organizational and planning strategy ‘in your pocket’ can help make tasks seem  a little less overwhelming!

On days 1 and 2 this week, we’ll be reviewing your power school, as usual, and reflecting on where it makes sense to focus our effort going forward. I’d also like you to think about a learning habit you’ve been working on over the past week or so. As we know, research shows that reflecting on our learning makes us better learners!

Goal Setting/Close Reading

On days 1 and 2 this week (Monday and Tuesday), we’ll be reviewing our academic goals and thinking about what we need to focus on in the coming week. Check your powerschool, your calendar etc. and come to your conference with me ready to talk about what you’ve been doing well, and what you want to work on in the coming 10 days.

On days 3 and 4 (Wednesday and Thursday), we’ll be practicing one more close read. This time, like last, the first time we read will be for the big ideas and flow; the second time, we’ll read to make sure we have answers to the questions that follow the text.