It is our revision and reflection week. Students in all of Ms. Ward's classes are taking a moment to pause before we write our next essay, delve into our next book, to reflect on the work that we've done so far this semester. Specifically, students are reflecting and revising their first summative essays. They have received feedback from a partner during peer editing, they have self revised, and they have received feedback from the teacher. Based on all that feedback, we need to go back and look at our initial goals. We need to make changes based on the feedback we've received. What did we want to improve upon? What did we do to ensure our learning and success? And perhaps most importantly, we ask ourselves what we will do differently next time.
Students have this week to make any additions and revisions to their Unit 1 essay. We want to see students continuing to reflect on and grow in their writing skills. Whatever revisions (not just edits) students make on their Unit 1 essay will improve their grade. There is no penalty for revising! We want to improve the quality of our writing and create goals for improvement that we can measure.
What will I do differently in my next writing assignment to ensure success?
We've been busy in our ninth grade Composition Through Literature classes. We've been reading and writing up a storm, and now it is time to share what we've been working on! If you mouse over the images below, you will find links to our online portfolios. They are a work in progress, but we've gotten a good start. We'll be adding to these sites throughout our year together.
Ms. Jen Ward
An interest in helping young people discover and define their writing voice and reading interests drives Ms. Jennifer Ward to cultivate a student-centered learning environment, one that supports individual learning goals and incorporates purposeful use of technology. In March 2017, Ms. Ward was named teacher of the month by Michigan's 86th district state representative, Thomas Albert. In March 2016, she was named a TED-Ed Innovative Educator and is also a Google Certified Innovator, National Writing Project Consultant, and a 2014 PASCD Emerging Leader. Ms. Ward taught for 13 years in a Philadelphia suburban district and returned to her home state in 2015. In 2017, she joined the Grandville High School bulldogs!