Celebrating Writers by Calibrating Expectations and Seeing Evidence


As part of their “Digging Deeper” Professional Development Series at Columbia Valley Elementary, LeAnne Strickler, instructional coach, and Shawn Sears, teacher member of the professional development design team, planned an engaging means by which teachers had the chance to see the vertical progression of writing across the school.


Teachers shared examples of student writing from grades K-5.  The samples were posted on charts and displayed across the walls.  Teachers read, discussed and responded to the writing.  Though it is common practice for teachers to analyze student writing at a grade level, this opportunity provided for rich conversations school-wide about the evidence of common teaching language; how the learning progressions build across the grades; celebration of their writers’ strengths; and planning for next instructional steps.


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