One thing that went well: Today’s long reading was about comfort food. I think it went well from beginning to end: it started with students’ experiences with comfort food, modeling and practice of figuring out confusing words from context only, and munching the cookies I’d brought in. The timing of the lesson was pretty good too, and we ended class with a nice, up-beat feeling. No complaints from me!
One thing to improve: Making writing less stressful to students. I’ve been trying with process writing (as opposed to one-shot, get-it-right-or-fail writing), examples, and pointing out my own writing’s shortcomings in said examples. But I think I need to focus on it even more, especially framing writing stress as something the students can exert a degree of control over.
One surprise: I thought that a few students in particular would struggle with today’s writing assignment, which was basically to map out the purpose and main points of the letter they’ll be drafting tomorrow and perfecting (inasmuch as writing is ever perfect) next week. I kept an extra eye on them, so I can proudly report that they did just fine!