Our next guest host is Gretchen Vogle. She is a second grade teacher at Lawnton Elementary in the Central Dauphin School District.
I was immediately intrigued by this chapter because student engagement can be difficult across the board, but I find it is especially difficult when teaching writing. I really like the idea of an engagement inventory. I have used this concept with reading; why not in writing? Has anyone implemented this in their classroom? How so? While I love the idea, I also wonder how to incorporate this and confer with students.
One strategy I thought would be easy to implement is 2.3 Listen. Praise. Instead of having students listen to edit, the students simply tell their classmates what they like. I sometimes struggle with how to have students work meaningfully together with writing. This is a nice simple way for students to share their writing and get feedback from their peers.
Another strategy that stood out to me was 2.6 Writers Are Problem Solvers. I currently have an anchor chart in my classroom for 'What to do if I don't know how to spell a word.' This chart is a nice way to expand upon that. While my students will refer to the spelling chart, they often come to me for the other situations, such as it being too loud or being stuck. Having an anchor chart like this in the classroom would help the students be more independent. I even thought of adding other situations, like 'My pencil broke.' or 'I don't know what else to write.' What are some ideas you would add?
These are just two of the strategies from this section that I can't wait to incorporate in my classroom. Which strategies stood out to you? Are there any other ways you foster engagement in your classroom?