As we entered our third cycle of RISE since its implementation last year, I took a moment to reflect on my own development throughout the process and how comfortable I have become videoing and reflecting on my teaching practices. Gone are the days where the focus was purely on the negative aspects of my videos and comments on surface level observations such as how I sound, how I look and so forth. I am now able to view the videos through the lense of authentic feedback and using them as a tool to develop my own teacher practice. What a valuable tool they have become! This RISE cycle I had the absolute pleasure of working alongside Julie. Julie brought a wealth of knowledge and affirmations to our feedback session, which was centred around my challenges in managing authentic feedback during writing lessons. Whilst I originally planned to reflect and develop my goal of feedback during writing sessions, our conversation focused more on the challenges I am facing in Year 2 writing lessons and being able to successfully cater for each child's individual writing goals and giving feedback so they are able to continue to find success in their writing. The challenges I am facing are centred around not being able to conference with each individual student during writing time, in order for the feedback to be immediate and authentic. Many students are not comfortable writing independently and will often wait for teacher feedback before continuing with their work. Julie was able to offer valuable suggestions about how I can implement writing workshops that would allow me to better cater for the individual needs of the students. Suggestions such as peer to peer editing sessions, oral language tasks that allow students to record their thinking before writing and writing workshops each day during guided reading.
Whilst my reflections and goal setting strayed from my previous goal, I feel as though this RISE cycle has reignited my enthusiasm for teaching writing. I am looking forward to implementing some of the suggestions that were discussed and therefore, will allow me to continue working towards my previous RISE goal of giving authentic feedback during writing sessions.