Day by Day Main Post

This year, I’ll be studying writing workshop and reflecting on my practice using Day by Day, by Ruth Ayres and Stacey Shubitz. From this page, you should be able to access my posts for each chapter and each cycle.

I went one cycle at a time, so please note that all chapter 1 cycles won’t be complete, for example, until close to the end of the year. Please join me, and comment as you see fit!

Chapter 1: Routines

  • Cycle 1: Revving Up (August 29 – September 9)
  • Cycle 2: Writer’s Notebooks (November 21 – December 2)
  • Cycle 3: Publishing Celebrations (February 27 – March 9)

Chapter 2: Mini-Lessons

  • Cycle 1: Meaningful Mini-Lessons (September 12 – September 23)
  • Cycle 2: Teaching Conventions in Mini-Lessons (December 5 – December 16)
  • Cycle 3: Making Our Teaching Stick (March 12 – March 23)

Chapter 3: Choice

  • Cycle 1: Physical Choices (September 26 – October 7)
  • Cycle 2: Moving Toward Independence (January 2 – January 13)
  • Cycle 3: Living the Life of a Writer (March 26 – April 13, no posts during Spring Break)

Chapter 4: Mentors

  • Cycle 1: Students as Mentors (October 10 – October 21)
  • Cycle 2: Teachers as Mentors (January 16 – January 27)
  • Cycle 3: Published Authors as Mentors (April 16 – April 27)

Chapter 5: Conferring

  • Cycle 1: Conferring Basics (October 24 – November 4)
  • Cycle 2: Peer Conferring (January 20 – February 10)
  • Cycle 3: Lifting the Level of our Conferences (April 30 – May 11)

Chapter 6: Assessment

  • Cycle 1: Formative Assessment (November 7 – November 18)
  • Cycle 2: Summative Assessment (February 13 – February 24)
  • Cycle 3: Standardized Tests (May 14 – May 25)

Weekly Report

We didn’t have a chance to fill out our yellow Weekly Report sheets on Friday, so we will show you here what we did in class last week.

Name: Ms. Houghton’s Class

Date: Week of December 1-5

This week we did many things in Ms. Houghton’s class. In math we made Yardley, we took our unit math test, and we took our district math test.

We have been learning about typing up our essays in writing. This week we learned how to take an idea and make it into more than one sentence.

One of the books we have been reading is CinderEdna. Ms. Houghton chose that book because it’s about Cinderella, and we just finished reading the original Cinderella from Grimm’s Fairy Tales.

Another thing we did in school this week was we started this Blog! A blog is short for Web log, and it’s a type of Web site.

We’re very proud of our work on this Web site because people as far away as Germany and Georgia read what we wrote!

Our goal for next week is to finish our essays on What Make Our Class Great!

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