I just completed a three day TPRS workshop and man did it rejuvenate me! It’s the only PD I’ve done in the last two years that has actually made me excited about my job. I am totally aboard and drinking the TPRS kool-aid. I look forward to sharing my journey with you this upcoming school year.
I wanted to quickly share a trick and some knowledge I acquired while at the conference.
According to our presenter, we should be giving timed writing. For level 1 students, the goal should be to write 100 words in 5 minutes by the end of the year. In order to build up to that point, the presenter suggested started with 10 minutes. Once eighty percent of students are able to write 100 words in 10 minutes, cut it down by a half minute. Once again, when eighty percent of students are able to write 100 words, cut the time down again. This is to be done EVERY Wednesday. As a teacher, random selections would be used as assessments and be placed in the gradebook.
The neat little trick that I wish I had thought of was to have students do their timed writing on a sheet with blanks in order to easily count up their words. Each row is labeled with the number of blanks (all rows have 5 blanks). That way, if a student fills 10 rows and three more blanks on the next row, s/he will automatically know they wrote 53 words! So simple and easy… I wish I had thought of this before.
I look forward to sharing more of what I learned and what will be changing in my classroom with you all as the school year gets started!