Instead of front loading directions like this, it works much better for classroom management to follow the cycle below:
By teaching in this way, high level students can get more feedback, can reflect and revise to create higher quality final products, and lower students can get the structure and feedback they need to create a final product that meets the requirements. Most importantly in the confines of this book, when students never have more than six minutes of time to themselves, they can never really get into too much trouble.
**There is no research to prove that my cycle works. 30-year veteran teachers, your cycle may look different, and may work perfectly. Don’t hate me. I’d love to hear how your cycle works, I plan on teaching real students for the next three decades and accept that there’s always something to learn..
So much of the writing published about education is published by people who don't teach. I figured it was time for a teacher to write about teaching. I've been proud to teach 8th-grade ELA in Dunkirk City Schools since 2007, and to serve at Fredonia State University as an adjunct professor, teaching educational technology since 2017.