PEG Writing in the Classroom: Mentor Texts & Daily Reading Assignments
The PEG Writing team is always excited to hear from our users and learn more about how they are using PEG Writing in the classroom. We have featured some examples of student and teacher work in the past, but this month we're starting a new monthly column - PEG Writing in the Classroom. Each month, we will recognize two teachers who have shown an active engagement with PEG Writing and who have encouraged their students to go above and beyond with the program.
Our April Spotlight on Teachers winner is Laura Szymanski. Laura is a teacher at Oak Grove Upper Elementary School, and her students have submitted more than 6,000 essays since November 2014. Ms. Szymanski's students have a writing assignment each week that correlates to a mentor text that they have discussed. After completing mini lessons that relate to the writing assignment, students return to and reevaluate their writing using PEG Writing. PEG Writing allows Ms. Szymanski's students to develop critical self-evaluation skills and focus on their individual needs as writers.
John Ray is our Texas Teacher of the Month. Mr. Ray is an ELA and Technology teacher at Prairie Lea School in Prairie Lea, TX. He uses PEG Writing extensively with students to help reflect upon their daily reading assignments. Mr. Ray's students also use PEG Writing for regular writing practice, to develop editing and revision techniques, and to increase engagement in relevant topics. Since January 2015, Mr. Ray's students have submitted more than 2,200 essays, and Mr. Ray has created more than 100 prompts for his courses.
Congratulations to our April teachers. We look forward to sharing more with you in May.
Do you have a PEG Writing success story that you would like us to share on the blog? Let us know!