I just love my paraprofessional! I love how she see things differently than I do. I have those little phonics whisper phones the kids can use when they read to self so they can hear themselves. Well, my paraprofessional and I were discussing how hard it is to get the kids to point to each word they wrote and read it aloud to make sure it makes sense. My paraprofessional came up with the idea of having them use those phonic phones, so they can hear themselves, but others can't really hear them. We suspected that some of them were afraid others would hear what they wrote and be embarrassed. We handed them out to the 8 worst writers and the 8 best writers to see what would happen. The kids loved it! The worst writers suddenly became decent writers!!!! The best writers started adding quite a few more details to what they had already written. I would have never thought of using them this way. If anyone else tries this let me know how it goes.