I am currently completing a second graduate degree. As a result, I spend one or more nights a week seeing the world through student eyes.
I feel my students’ pain when assignments pile up or the timeline for task completion is short. What’s more, I cringe when I do not have mentor texts to guide or inspire my work.
I have started to keep a list of reminders when I plan writing assignments. A few of my favorites include:
- have a set of mentor texts ready to go
- set up a padlet so students can crowdsource research
- provide frequent opportunities for students to talk about the work
- rather than whole graphic organizers (that can sometimes limit student creativity or hamstring writers), offer frames for part of the work (a thesis frame or an opening or closing)
- create a list of potential student questions and answer them with a FAQ document
- use exit tickets for students to privately raise concerns or ask for help
- create resource folders with writing tools (lists of transition words, writing checklists)
Writing is hard. As a student, I stay up late working on papers. I am thankful for each and every tool my teachers provide to help me produce my best work.
4 thoughts on “A View from the Student Seats”
It’s great that you have that dual perspective. Love the bullets and you’re keeping track of this!
Inspirational reminder. I hope summer affords me the time to tackle some of these bullet points! Thanks for highlighting best practices.
Getting my masters and my National Board Certification helped me connect to my students in new ways. I remember being so overwhelmed when I had to struggle through something. Now when I see a students begin to get emotional because of the “struggle” I just hug them close and let them cry. I totally “get it”.
This is an impressive list that speaks to your dedication.