Each day, we have a 50 minute writing block (Mini Lesson-10 min., Work Time-35 min., Sharing Time-5 min.)

Work time includes a 10 minute skills builder period, in which students take turns using the computers and ActivBoard in pairs to complete activities to reinforce the writing skills they are working on.  A timer is set to go off in 10 min. intervals to keep us on schedule.  This system really helps with student motivation, as the period is broken up into manageable chunks, and they really look forward to their computer time.  When I need to conference, I pull students during one of their work time periods.

Below is an example schedule:

Group 1st 10 mins 2nd 10 mins 3rd 10 mins 4th 10 mins 5th 10 mins
Group A Mini Lesson Computer/AB Work Time Work Time Work Time
& Share
Group B Mini Lesson Work Time Computer/AB Work Time Work Time
& Share
Group C Mini Lesson Work Time Work Time Computer/AB Work Time
& Share
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