#SOL19: Day 31 SOLSC

On this last day of #SOLSC, let’s celebrate. (I know. It was a sneaky way to bring my #OLW back in)

Which would you rather eat?

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This could become a “3 Corner” activity – which do you choose and why?  The choice could be made silently and then after groups are gathered in  their “corners”, they could create a “claim” and supporting reasons for their choice.  (Psst: That’s oral practice first before ever writing a word.)

Where would you rather play?

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All three are outside choices so they are fairly comparable.  Some lend themselves more to “parallel play with a friend.  Would that make the decision harder? Again, this could be a silent, individual choice.  And then what if you introduced the concept that students could choose one activity with a partner.  Now what skills do the students need?

Which would you choose to read?

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What would you choose to write with?

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“The average classroom teacher will make more than 1,500 educational decisions every school day. In an average 6-hour school day, that’s more than 4 decisions every minute.” (TeacherVision, Source)

How do we support students in making decisions? 

Claims? 

Making choices – good, poor or bad? 

How should we support them?




Thank you, Betsy, Beth, Deb, Kathleen, Kelsey, Lanny, Melanie, and Stacey for this daily March forum from Two Writing Teachers. Check out the writers, readers and teachers here.

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14 responses

  1. Fran, you amaze me. Always thinking and providing choices for students and teachers. That’s what it’s all about. I think we support student choices first by making sure that they do have actual choices and giving them the freedom to learn from all
    their poor choices both good and bad.

    1. Thanks, Diane. There are so many little and YET important daily choices we can provide students!

  2. I have a new first grader this week. In my class, I let them choose what they write with. She chose a pen and I could see on her delightful little first grade face how daring she felt it was. Such a small thing can mean the world.

    1. I love the idea of letting them use pens for writing–we have 2 months left of school-I think I will introduce my class to pens and see what happens.

    2. Choice means more buy in and at zero cost!

  3. So many choices! What a great way to ask students to do some writing. They could choose which stream of choices to respond to. I love to write with pens of different colors – especially turquoise, purple, and green. I have encouraged teachers to allow their third, fourth, and fifth graders to write with a pen instead of a pencil. I am wondering if I should make this recommendation to teachers in primary grades as well. It’s all about choice! Thanks, Fran.

    1. Love all the choices you listed. Yes, we have kinders with Flair pens.

  4. I like to do 4 corners with choices–I love the idea of just having 3 or two choices. Just because the room is square, I don’t need to use all of the corners.

    1. Sometimes I leave the 4th corner for those students who cannot decide on just one option . . . Hedging their bets at a very early age!

  5. I love how you embraced the slideshow option to set up choice work. Yet the most powerful was your quote about # of teacher decisions followed by: How do we support students in making decisions? I am so glad we met in this community and at TCRWP and continue to collaborate virtually. If by chance you are on the DC area on April 11th, come to my Orange Party! If not, lift a glass from Iowa as you celebrate a great march of writing!

    1. The possibilities for students . . .try out different intros or conclusions and seek reader input on the most appealing. Or use as a reflection . . . Here was a draft part, now a revision piece, and then a final with a WHY. Thanks for the invite! #BetterTogether

  6. There are so many choice we all make throughout many without even giving thought to why we chose what we did. It is so important to give our students choices and then not fault them for the choices they make. Thanks for all of your thought provoking posts throughout the month, Fran. I look forward to your weekly posts. Thanks also for all of your comments on my posts as well.

  7. Thanks for this slice, too. I can use this as my students are ready to write their claim for their literary essays. When they are able to talk about their choice and reasons they can then write about it. I have learned a lot from you and I am grateful.

    1. You are welcome, Juliettte! The learning community is the best part of slicing! Finding pieces to “borrow” and reuse is so helpful!

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