May 17, 2011
Clearly I am on a sticky note kick now (see yesterday’s post)!
It’s always something.
To backtrack a bit, I had been writing the Reader’s Response question on the board each day at the start of Reader’s Workshop.
But this hasn’t worked so well.
For one thing, it was hard for everyone to see from their writing spot…and I like my students to sit where they are comfortable during Reader’s Workshop.
Another problem was the need for differentiated questions. Since I teach ELL newcomer students, the range of language and reading levels is great. As the year progressed, I found myself writing more and more response questions on the board, for individualized students. I thought about typing them out on paper, but that seemed wasteful since we use composition books for our responses anyways.
This may sound strange, but I think it will work for many reasons. First of all, it will save paper. Plus, a half Post-It is the perfect size for a question! It will also allow me to plan out my response questions for the week and completely differentiate them for all of my students.
I know I could totally do this on slips of paper, but the Post-It will come in handy other ways too. For instance, I will hand out the sticky notes at the beginning of Reader’s Workshop, so the students can keep them in their books as a bookmark while they read and a reminder of the question they will be accountable for in their response journals.
On a side note…from my scientific observations of sticky note-usage, I figure they have about a five-time stickiness factor. So they could transition from my pre-made set of response questions, to the student’s reading book, to the response journal and still maintain enough stickiness. Right?? It’s in the testing stages right now as I post!
Anyhow, the plan would then be to put the sticky in the journal and write the response. I like the flexibility of space this allows for (since I have very limited writers and those who can write up to two pages for a response).
I do have a sample document to share if you’d like to try it out. The fonts won’t transfer if you don’t have them, but the text will be aligned in the right direction…
…I made it so the sticky part is on the left side of the paper). Is this something you might try out too? Should I share response questions as I make them? It will be quite the range (from basic prompts to more open-ended questions).
The file below is in a Word Doc format so you can type in your own response question. It looks weird in GoogleDocs but I think it should download in the right format (though, lately, I am unsure of many things regarding GoogleDocs!).
The blank sticky note template is for you to line up the sticky notes for printing (more on that here!)