Now, you are ready to WRITE WITH THE STUDENTS. You are going to lead this dynamic endeavor. Rest up, because this is hard but rewarding work. Decide which prompt you would like to use. Last week, I divided the S&S into the four modes of discourse. This week, however, you are going to stay with that mode and determine the prompt you will use. Some ideas — if you were using one of our models, simply work through the second half of the passage with a collaborative approach. If you used one of your own models, try to stay with the same article or issue. Write a different paragraph, but if you can stay with the same subject of the first piece, you will have an easier and more expeditious time of it, because the students will be familiar with the subject at hand.
Some ideas to consider:
- Do not let one or two students manipulate the conversation. If you have technology that randomly selects students, use it. Call on volunteers and non-volunteers. If you do not have the technology, give the students tickets and have drawings for offering their thoughts. Make sure you know which students have which numbers.
- Reward the students. I always rewarded my students with beads.
- I went to a craft store and purchased cords, cutting them about 8-10 inches in length. I then went to old antique shops (e.g., LynnArts in Arlington, Texas) and purchased boxes of beads: glass beads, wooden beads (for the boys); all differently shaped beads.
- I gave each student two glass beads and showed them how to create a bracelet.
- Take the end of one cord and slide it into both beads. Then, take the other end of the cord and slide it through the opposite end of both beads.
- Tie the ends. Then, untie one end when you are adding beads.
- Slide both ends of the cord into the beads. Tie knots at the end.
- When students volunteered answers or said something astounding or asked a particularly wonderful question, I would tell them to go to the beads and select 1, 2, or 3. They would add them to their bracelets. When their bracelet was full, they would create another bracelet or necklace or ankle bracelet or ring. They loved it!