As students enjoyed their summer break, three Peabody Elementary teachers were busy learning about Self-regulated Strategy Development (SRSD). And what is that you may ask? SRSD is a way of teaching students to improve their writing through strategy instruction and self-regulation. Mrs. Gina Guthrie, Mrs. Margie Katz, and Mrs. Debbie Smith attended SRSD training and returned to Peabody with a sense of excitement that flowed from the teachers right on to our eager students.
On Friday, August 15th the students and staff celebrated POW+TIDE Cape Day. POW+TIDE is an SRSD editing strategy, which is a visual acronym used to aid students in creating informative essays. With the successful implementation of this editing tool, students will be able to organize and expand their ideas for writing.
So what did our trainers do to get the ball rolling? They held an informal meeting to educate the staff about the components and importance of the program. The teachers then took the ball and passed it on to their students who were excited to participate in the kickoff of the new writing program. Dressed in homemade capes and equipped with the basic understanding of SRSD and POW+TIDE, our students are now ready to knock the ball out of the park with improved writing and organizational skills. Benjamin Franklin was on point when he said, “Tell me, and I forget. Teach me, and I remember. Involve me, and I learn.” Peabody students are involved in becoming life-long “writers.”