Mrs. Spangler in the Middle Looks Ahead

Yay!  It's summer!  That means it's time to rest, relax, and plan for next year!

I always try to take what I have done this year and reflect on how I could improve it for next year.  So as I begin the new school year, I want to make sure my students do more reflecting too!  My idea is having students complete mind-mapping reflection on file folders.

This is just an example of what I will show to my students.  I think we will start this process by working on mind-mapping together at the end of a lesson.  You can see that one thing my students will be reflecting on is what they have learned about writing!

So my "must have" product is PROS to teach the parts of essays with a visual organizer!

What does PROS stand for, you ask?

Each essay part is broken down into manageable pieces that you hang up as you teach them thus creating a great visual display!

This is a "must have" because being the best writers we can be is  our focus all year long in Language Arts class. 

It also comes with a matching flipbook for students' notebooks, so they have a kind of portable version.

You can find out more about this product by clicking {here}!

Now take a moment and see what other bloggers are doing to look ahead!

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  1. Sticking that flipbook in students' notebooks!? Genius! Thanks for sharing!

  2. I love your idea Lisa. I love the acronym. I love the organization of it. It's fun, useful... and it's gets kids writing and working.

  3. That is a great idea. Thank you for sharing. I like the permanency of using file folders!

  4. I love the folder idea too! Anything that gets kids thinking about their thinking is a good thing.

  5. Lisa,
    Mind mapping was a new technique I tried this year and found it very effective. So many students are visual learners.
    Brynn Allison
    The Literary Maven

  6. I love wall displays and anchor charts that can be built upon all year! Very cool acronym, too!

  7. Great idea and visual anchor chart!

  8. PROS is a brilliant idea! It is so much easier to get kids to remember things when you can associate it with an acronym.
    Thanks for sharing!

  9. Writing with PROS . . . genius! Thank you for sharing such a clever and practical idea!

    Literary Sherri


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