Common Core Standards
Before spring break, several of my 2nd grade students came up to me and asked for paper to take home. My first thought was that it was so they could draw pictures and color. “No, Mrs. Plescher, we want to write!” Isabella informed me.
In that moment, I felt as though one of my year’s goals had been accomplished. I set out the year, using Writing with Design, to empower my students to be confident, eager writers. Realizing they wanted to spend time over their break thinking and writing showed me just how far they had come since September. The same students who rushed through writing, who were resistant to writing more than two sentences, who often said, “I don’t have anything else to write about,” now had the motivation, desire, and pride to write independently.
Writing is now an integral part of our classroom culture. As a teacher, I used to think, “What can I possibly write about this week?” Now, my students and I often say, “Oooh! Let’s write about that!” several times during each day. From working on sophisticated words to creative titles to strong endings, we have all come so far with writing this year!
- Writing with Design allows students’ brilliance to shine.
- Mind Designs structure and focus writing in a way nothing else can.
- It’s transformative to watch a student gain confidence as a writer during a lesson on how to use search engines to find powerful synonyms.
- There is nothing more affirming than hearing 3rd grade boys comment, “This is so cool! Writing is fun!”
- Writing with Design gives teachers the confidence and the tools to cultivate incredible writing skills in their students.
- Without a doubt, transitions add sophistication to every piece, every time. Indeed!
- Narratives are about creating experiences for the reader, not telling the procedural actions (then…and then…and then…).
- Posting the Mind Designs students create as they plan their writing along with the high quality draft is critical to show that great writing doesn’t just happen. It’s planned.It’s reworked. It’s revised.
- If the Mind Designs teachers and students created to plan their writing aren’t messy, something still needs to be revised!
- Teachers make all the difference and 30+ % increases in state writing test scores are possible. Just ask Holly. Her story is coming soon. Be prepared to be inspired.