Do you ever have this problem with your students' work???
Or do you find yourself saying, "Where is your pencil so you can get busy?" a million times a day???
I wanted to share a with you a little something I do in my classroom to help speed things up during our pencil-paper work time, especially writing and that helps me keep my sanity!
I use colored tape and I tape over the erasers. GASP!!!! Go ahead, I know you think I'm crazy...What? You don't let them erase?? What about teaching them that mistakes are okay? Don't fret--they see me mess up all the time. We just don't waste time erasing unless we are publishing our writing.
Let me explain more...
The little tape flags serve several purposes.
1. They keep the little one's from erasing allll dayyyy lonngggg. You know what I'm talking about. Those times when 10 minutes has gone by and you realize that little Susie has done nothing but write, then erase. Write, then erase. Write, then erase.
2. It allows me to see their whole writing process and their thinking. I teach them to just put a line through it and keep going. When they mark through, with one neat line, their mess-ups, I am able to better guide them. Often times when erasing I don't ever see how they got to that spelling or that they even were aware that their sentence didn't make sense. I am able to praise them for "thinking like an author".
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