"Be Sure To": A Powerful Reflection Strategy
Lesson Objective: Encourage reflection and goal setting
Grades 6-8 / ELA / Reflection

Thought starters

  1. How does this strategy serve as both a reflection tool and an action plan?
  2. Notice how this reflection continues to push students towards deep understanding of the text. How can Be Sure To statements act as an assessment tool?

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Good video to show how students can improve the quality of speaking and presenting.
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Helping students to reflect on their learning is something that Learning Sciences has suggested allows for a fuller integration of the knowledge in focus. Self-Talk helps students with their "Be sure to" statements in that reflecting on learning becomes so fluid that a type of automaticity of knowledge assimilation and accountability seems to be occurring.
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Great video. I love the "Be sure to" phrase.
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"Be Sure" statements hold them accountable.
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  • TEXT:
    Strategies: Be Sure To
    00:00:04 JULIE MANLEY: One of the last steps I always like to ask students to perform

    Strategies: Be Sure To
    00:00:04 JULIE MANLEY: One of the last steps I always like to ask students to perform is some sort of reflection. TEXT:
    Julie Manley
    8th Grade ELA Teacher
    Chinook Middle School, Bellevue, WA
    00:00:11 JULIE MANLEY: I want you to be able to think of some be sure to's.
    00:00:13 JULIE MANLEY: I like to ask my students to think about a be sure to and often craft their own be sure to statement. And this requires them to perhaps pull one aspect of a rubric or a task that I'm asking them to do and articulate what that task should be.
    00:00:30 JULIE MANLEY: Now that you've just read this model essay, what should we be sure to do or not do? We can even think about it like that, and that will help you write your outline as homework.
    00:00:40 JULIE MANLEY: So, when students write I will be sure to, it's somewhat like a goal statement and it's somewhat like an action item for them to be able to perform the next day or in the future.
    00:00:50 JULIE MANLEY: Mary, a do or a don't do?
    00:00:53 MARY: I think it's really important to use appeals.
    00:00:56 BOY: From paragraph three, like, the person, like, repeat himself and stuff. So, we shouldn't do that. Like, don't bore…
    00:01:02 JULIE MANLEY: In crafting a be sure to statement, students can focus in on what action item they will perform and that they will actually apply.
    00:01:12 : What are you going to now be sure to do during your speech based on what you saw?
    00:01:17 BOY: I said loud voices and not shake when you're presenting.
    00:01:23 JULIE MANLEY: This allowed students to both think about what they saw today and then use that observation in planning for the future.
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Chinook Middle School
2001 98th Ave NE
Bellevue WA 98004
Population: 1019

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