Over the past month of beta testing, we’ve seen teachers in action and gathered their stories of making Quill Lessons work for them and their students. Here’s how we gathered these ideas and best practices. Don't know where to start with Quill Lessons? Here's an article to guide you through the process of setting up your first lesson.

“Eighth-grade students were literally begging me to project their answers or asking me to allow them to re-submit an answer because they’d just gotten a better idea from another student’s example. An excited class learning grammar from each other, now that’s a good day in ELA class! One other huge bonus is that in my lessons throughout the week, I was able to refer to the Quill lesson when kids were giving me fragmented answers on written homework in my regular unit. They caught on so much faster thanks to the experience gained from just one lesson. I can’t wait till Friday to do it again.”

Kim Hinderlie, Elma Elementary School

What we learned from Ms. Hinderlie:

  • Share student answers to engage different students and continue the discussion
  • Reference learnings from lesson when reviewing student writing
  • Allow students to resubmit answers when they come up with new ideas

“The kids are really enjoying the new lessons! As far as prepping for lessons, I start with the diagnostic first thing. I am anxious to see where the kids start at the beginning of the year and where the finish by the end of the year. We started with the most basic lessons, and are working our way up. One thing that the students love is when we put the wrong answers up on the board. They see that they aren’t the only ones who struggle, and it helps them build more confidence. We share a few laughs and then go on to find the correct answer.Once lessons are complete, we either move on or practice individually. If the students did really well and seem to understand the topic, we’ll go on. However, if they struggled with the information, we’ll spend an extra day working on the material.”

Britney Wilson, Morgan Co. R I Middle

What we learned from Ms. Wilson:

  • Start with one of our diagnostics to assess students' writing skills
  • Display the wrong answers to the students, the students see that they are not the only ones struggling and it helps build confidence 
  • Spend an extra day on the materials if necessary
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