I am not real crazy about the way this unit is set up for first graders, so I have adapted it so that we are all doing the same topic (frogs), come up together with 4 chapters, and then together do the research for each chapter. We took two days for each chapter and now we are in the wrap up phase but it is like pulling teeth to get some of my students to stay engaged in their writing for the alloted time and finish each of the chapters with quality. I feel like I am constantly saying "Is your talking helping you as a writer?" "Please push yourself as a writer today" and any other little comment to address all the disruptions that are overall minor, but still not helpful. The other thing that drives me crazy during writing time is that students wait like hawks to get their turn with the bathroom pass, which I feel like for many is a huge avoidance opportunity for them. While I am conferencing with students I am half listening to the student I am conferencing with and 1/2 noticing how many of my students have sly sneaky off task behaviors down to a T (If only they would put all that effort into their writing). As a result, we are still plodding along, and several of my kids are still needing to do more work on their chapters. Uggh. This is half vent and half help, does anyone else have this problem?