How to Write a Strategic Plan By Erica Olsen Not to oversimplify how to create a strategic plan, but by placing all the parts of a plan into three areas, you can clearly see how the pieces fit together. The three pieces of the puzzle are: Where are we now? Where are we going?
First Efforts at Written Conversations Strategies: Through his presentation as well as our hands-on exercises based on his new book, The Best-Kept Teaching Secret: How Written Conversations Engage Kids, Activate Learning, and Grow Fluent Writers Kwe came away energized with concrete and meaningful strategies we felt we could apply right away in a variety of ways with teachers and students across multiple subject areas.
Students read for an entire period every Wednesday and have free choice over their self-selected texts. Thanks to a grant we received from the Norcross High Foundation for Excellencewe were able to purchase multiple texts by YA Author Paul Volponi for student formed literature circles as part of a culminating virtual author visit with Volponi whom we highly recommend!
Although the class we chose for our first efforts had experienced some difficulty in small group work in the past, we all felt optimistic in trying these strategies with the students. Write-Around Text on Text: Essentially, you take a copy of a piece of text, affix it to a large piece of butcher paper or sticky note poster, and provide different colored markers or Sharpies for students.
We did this so that we would have time to copy the page for each student selected passage, mark it, and then affix it to the butcher paper for the write-around activity. If students selected only a sentence, I went ahead and marked off the paragraph around it to help students see more context.
I then trimmed them with our paper cutter and organized piles of texts by group. Next, I took large sheets of butcher paper feet and laid each one on a table in our rotunda area. I then taped each passage onto the butcher paper, usually working a triangular pattern so that students would have room to write around each piece of text on the butcher paper.
The other prep work involved writing up simple and direct instructions for students to frontload the activity.
We knew they would need start-up instructions and wanted to include visuals with concise steps to try and mitigate confusion. Since the students had little prior experience with text annotation, we also printed copies of possible conversation prompts in case students experienced any difficulty thinking of how to engage in the written dialogue once they were at the tables with their groups.
Finally, we included rosters of each group so that it would be easy to quickly get groups to their writing tables. I incorporated all of these elements into a PowerPoint that I showed at the beginning of our session in the library; I also used the slides to print out the group nametags and copies of the writing prompts.
Our First Efforts Students Writing Around Text on Text It took about minutes to review the introductory directions and to show students examples of how they might annotate their text. Once students got to their tables and selected a pen, we told them we would take about 10 minutes to write as quietly as we could; I used my iPhone as my stopwatch.
At first, they looked a little hesitant, much like a wobbly newborn deer standing on its legs for the first time. Darrell, Jen, and I walked around listening and observing.writing insightful and intelligent questions about other students’ entries when they receive them.
Penmanship. Bad penmanship can hurt a write-around as it makes it . Write Around: Take a small group of students and give each student a piece of writing paper; give them a writing prompt/topic; advise students to write a topic sentence only; the students pass their papers to the right; they read the sentence that is there and add one sentence, at signal they pass their papers to the right again and repeat.
The "Write Around" strategy is a great pre-reading activity but it can also be used as a debate format about a controversial issue. Sharing their ideas and building on others' ideas. Or you can use it as an end of unit activity for a read aloud or content area.
Write Around is a writing fluency and reflection activity where students take turns responding to an open-ended question in a small group setting, with each member elaborating on the previous responses. How to Write a Strategic Plan By Erica Olsen. Our solution includes a dedicated strategy advisor that will support the completion of your plan and it’s successful implementation.
Erica has developed and reviewed hundreds of strategic plans for public and private entities across the country and around the world. She is a lecturer at. Write-aloud is taught to small groups or a whole class in briskly paced, to minute lessons. Model your own writing of a short text, generally choosing one particular aspect of a genre to write-aloud (such as an opening or closing paragraph of a longer essay or a dialogue between characters).