#SOL19: Collaborating

“How can I help our students continue their writing work? What do I need to know?”

Silent fist pump.  Huge silent cheer.

Collaborating with all staff that work with our students is sometimes daunting.  How can we make support services more seamless? It takes conversation between adults and students. Choices. Work. Fewer absolutes. More choices.

We’re making sure the same resources are available for students, no matter what their working location is. English Learning support. Special education support. At risk support. Support spaces are limited. Chart paper could maybe hang on the back of the classroom door.  Here’s an example of our “first-draft collaborating thinking” to make sure the students have access to supports . . . if needed or when needed.  Here is one example built on a file folder that a support teacher is using so language, instruction, charts, and tools are the same across classrooms.

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Portable Folder with Session 1 Up the Ladder Narrative

How are you sharing supports? 

How is that working for teachers?

How is that working for students?


 

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In Every Child Can Write, Melanie shows examples of bulletin boards that display tools and charts that students can access as they need them.  This post extended that across classrooms for students and teachers who provide additional support. Last week’s Blog Tour is summarized here.  The winner of the free book for this post was Kelsie Elias.

Check out the posts here:

  • Blog Tour Stop 1 with Clare Landrigan – Link
  • Blog Tour Stop 2 with Kathleen Sokolowski – Link
  • Blog Tour Stop 3 with Paula Bourque – Link
  • Blog Tour Stop 4 with Lynne Dorfman – Link
  • Blog Tour Stop 5 with Fran McVeigh – Resourceful Link

FYI:  I reviewed an advance pre-publication copy of “Every Child Can Write”.

 




Thank you, Two Writing Teachers, for this weekly forum. Check out the writers and readers here.

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4 responses

  1. Emily Culbertson | Reply

    This reminds me of an idea I have for “support groups” for teachers. They would have to be attended by choice and outside contract time. I love the idea that the resources could be available to take with them to the classroom and available when they come to group.
    I think I may have to get this book and investigate further. Thanks so much for highlighting it here.

    1. Emily,

      Good information for collaborating teachers to have. (Also to think about overlap in grades and other content areas.)

  2. Rowing in the same direction is so important for our students – thinking about sharing tools is such a great way to facilitate a cohesive approach. Thanks for summing up the blog tour – what a fun week!

    1. Critical for “striving students” whether reading or writing. Saving time – not reinventing the wheel as a “go to” for one source of scaffolding, tools, or charts!

      So fun to see all the points that different readers and writers emphasized in the Blog Tour!

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