Wordless Wednesday....To DOL, or Not DOL...That is the Question

I am so excited to be linking up today with Miss DeCarbo for Wordless Wednesdays!
For this week I am inspired by something my daughter brought home on her first day of school:
The DOL. I can't be too much of a hater...I have used it in the past. Last year, however, when I was lucky enough to be a part of an Ohio Writing Project grant we discussed the topic of grammar a great deal. It was debated that having kids constantly look at the WRONG way to write a sentence (although they are correcting them) may leave them only remembering the errors. I was convinced that I need to start a new way of conducting daily grammar practice, but I cannot come up with a good, go to way. So I ask... What does life after the DOL look like? Are DOLs really that bad? What could an alternative be? I would LOVE to hear your comments and suggestions! Happy Wednesday!

3 comments:

  1. I think DOL starts the "writing conversation" about WHY we are fixing errors. My EL students need to understand the reasons behind why we fix the errors. We do it daily 2-3 minutes. NOT a LONG lesson...Wendy 1stgradefireworks

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  2. I definitely agree with 1stgradefireworks. It's how it's used in the classroom. The children enjoy fixing the mistakes and sharing why they had to correct it- it makes them feel like the teacher =) It also helps them be more diligent in looking at their own work when editing and revising. In the past, I've used what your daughter brought home. I did like the fact that the other questions posed to the children are a constant reinforcement of previously taught skills.
    BTW, super cute blog and classroom!

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    1. I agree with both comments that a DOL is a piece of the puzzle. I do not believe it can be the main component. Some students do seem to enjoy getting to take the role of "teacher" and correcting mistakes.

      Thanks for the kind words about my blog and classroom! It is a work in progress, but I love it!

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