Maintain a Spiral Record of Mini-Lessons

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Maintain a Spiral Record of Mini-Lessons

Posted on October 25, 2010

Maintain a Spiral Record of Mini-Lessons

One way to easily log your daily mini-lessons is to utilize spiral-bound index cards. More than your lesson plan book, this at-your-finger-tips tool would house the details of your mini-lesson instruction every day of your writer's workshop. And because it's spiral bound, the cards all stay in sequence. Each card could detail not only the skill you taught but also the gist of the instructional components -- the anchor papers or picture books you used, the visual trigger, the key points you made, etc.

Spiral bound mini-lessons6-Traits Mini-Lesson Notecard sample

Beyond the instruction, this daily record could also include the specific response activity the students did within the independent writing time. What a fabulous resource to look back at the following year. Even if you change your plans the next year, at least you remember what you did previously. You can sometimes find these spiral-bound index cards in quantities of 200 (which would be great for your 180+ days of school). But you could also utilize four 50-count spirals, filling one per grading quarter.