Reading Without Limits

Maddie Witter

Flex It

One thing I learned from Shades of Meaning, (Donna we can’t wait to meet you!) is that before starting a unit, you need to think of patterns of confusion.  I like to call these pitfalls.  Each of these pitfalls become their own mini lesson.

But, something I cannot suggest enough are what I call flex lessons.   These lessons show up in two ways:

1.  If the class shows lack of understanding at 20% or more (either 20% or more didn’t get it OR they didn’t get it like 20% :-))  then re-teach it.  That then becomes a flex lesson.. meaning you are off unit.

2.  Reteaching something from way back in the day particularly fix it strategies.

When we unit plan, we always save 25% of our days for flex.  This way, we don’t stress ourselves out by being behind and it pushes us to flex it!

I only let Leonard the classroom bunny out to flex his muscles and hop around with the kids when doing a flex it lesson!

 
I only let Leonard the classroom bunny out to flex his muscles and hop around with the kids when doing a flex it lesson!
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