Model Lesson Challenge:
A student has posted the essay below as a draft for an expository writing assignment. You and your building team should discuss the following:
· How might peer review look in a synchronized environment?
· How might peer review look in an asynchronous environment?
· What roles would you assign students?
· What tools will you ask peer reviewers to use?
· And finally, evaluate this as a grade-level piece of writing.
Some ideas:
  • Insert a podcast with narrated feedback: http://vocaroo.com/
  • Use the discussion tab
  • Download, edit, and re-upload the original document




Why Character Counts [1]
Honesty, perseverance, and responsibility are character traits that the community, the business world, and the whole world need more. There are many definitions for honesty. Not lying, cheating, nor stealing are examples of honesty. Being fair and upright are also part of being honest. If all the people in the world were honest, there would be no fighting, no wars, no crimes, and no lying. Give other people credit, don't take more than your fair share, and don't lie are only some of the many things honesty can teach us.
Perseverance, not giving up when times are hard, is another part of having good character. Never, ever stop until the job is done. It is like when my grandma tells me the story of the frog and the butter churn. He fell in and had to keep kicking until there was enough butter to stand on so he could jump out. He almost quit and drowned, but no, he kept on kicking, and he lived. If the world had perseverance, there would be no divorce, no suicide, and no quitters.
Responsibility is accepting the blame for our own actions...not blaming others for our own faults. We are all human, and we all have flaws, but we need to still take responsibility for our mistakes.
When I think of these three traits, I think of my Poppa who is a farmer. Poppa is honest, and when he tells people something, they believe him because he has never lied to them before. He perseveres as a farmer when it doesn't rain or when there is too much rain. He never quits, and people around the world know he's a great farmer. Poppa has to be responsible to make sure he properly disposes of waste on the farm like the dead chickens so that the environment stays safe. I use him as my living example of good character and someone who is honest, perseveres, and is responsible.
  1. ^ http://coolcatteacher.blogspot.com/2007/05/essay-that-rocked-my-world-personal.html