It's been awhile since I wrote a Teacher Thoughts post!
Ironically, I'm avoiding grading tests and writing assignments in order to write this post.
But, I digress.
This year, I have had the privilege of attending some writing workshops with Dr. John Collins. Not only is Dr. Collins an incredibly engaging speaker (he's HILARIOUS), his writing program is a teacher's dream. Let me give you a brief run down:
Dr. Collin's has 5 Types of Writing.
Type 1- Quick, timed writing assignments
- Students are required to write a specific number of items
- The assignment is timed
- Students earn participation points ONLY (in other words, it's not graded)
- Responses can be correct or incorrect, participation is the key
- Often used to check understanding of topics covered in class
Type 2- Timed writing assignments; Quizzes
- Similar to Type 1 in that they are timed
- Can be a list or short writing assignment
- GRADED- correct responses are the goal
Type 3- Longer Writing assignments using FCAs
- FCA stands for Focus Correction Area
- Pick 3 FCAs on which students should focus their writing (On a recent comparison essay, my students had the following FCAs: Total of 10 similarities & differences, 4 paragraphs w/ paragraph components, Complete Sentences)
- FCAs are each assigned a point value for grading
- Point values are determined by the teacher based on importance
- Dr. Collins has each paper valued at a total of 100 points (Mine are usually 50-80.)
- Students should read their own paper aloud in a 1 foot voice
Type 4- Same as type 3
- The difference between Type 3 and Type 4 is that in Type 4, students get to have another student review their papers before handing in
- Students should read partners' papers aloud in a 1 foot voice
- Students should sign their names to their partners' papers after review
Type 5- "Perfect" Writing
- These are pieces that are drafted, edited, and revised for publishing
I plan to get more in depth on Collins Writing in further installments of Teacher Thoughts. I think that was enough for one post.
Fellow teachers, have you heard of/used Collins writing in your classroom?