How is it time for R.I.S.E. again?! The year is flying by.
Last Thursday, Paige and I sat down for the third time this year to reflect on our teaching practice. Paige and I both focused on writing feedback for our R.I.S.E. goals. Paige did an excellent job of modelling informative language for the student she was giving feedback to. She also concentrated on giving plenty of positive feedback, whilst incorporating effective questioning. We discussed the reality of timing - Paige's conference with her student was excellent, but realistically, do we have the time to conference multiple times throughout the term with every student in our class? We are struggling to cover the explicit teaching of content as it is in this busy term!
I also filmed a conference between a student and I regarding feedback on a piece of informative writing. This term, Year 5 are writing in three cycles - each cycle is more rigorous than the last, as students have to focus on more success criteria. We are referring to this as 'bumping up' their writing. After each cycle, students receive peer and teacher feedback, and using this they create a goal for their next cycle of writing.
Paige and I agreed that the use of visuals for the student during our conference was excellent - the student had two cycles of writing, his goal (printed on a photo of himself) and the 'bump it up' wall including the success criteria in front of him to refer to. We also agreed that the student and I worked harmoniously during the conference; the student was engaged and understood where his areas of improvement lay.
Paige and I agreed that perhaps the student needed more processing time; there could have been less teacher input, and the conference could have been more student-directed. By the next R.I.S.E. cycle I will ensure that during conferencing I give my students time to process and express their own writing feedback.
Thank you Paige for such a fantastic and reflective session! Bring on Term 4!