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Five Minute Friday- What Mamma Did


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So, here’s the cool new thing that I’m starting which will be happening on adaptivelearnin every Friday, Five Minute Friday.  What is Five Minute Friday?  Check the link out for details from Lisa-Jo Baker on her blog.  She’s the one who started it.  Basically, tons of bloggers are doing Five Minute Friday every Friday.  As Lisa quotes in her blog description it is “…a kind of writing flash mob.”  I found the idea on my sister-in-law’s blog.  As soon as I read the concept of Five Minute Friday, I knew it’s something adaptivelearnin needed to participate in.

Since adaptivelearnin is an education-focused blog, I’m going to approach Five Minute Friday posts from an educational standpoint.

Here’s the low-down:

I encourage you to start Five Minute Friday on your websites and with your students.  You can have them do Five Minute Friday blog posts on their classroom blogs.  If they don’t have blogs you can have them do the same concept typing in a Word document or handwriting on paper.

I’m promoting this in the education community because I believe Five Minute Friday is an awesome way to get students to write freely without worry for language, vocabulary, grammar, and other structural components that hinder the free-flow of brainstorming ideas for writing.  Students (especially ESL) often have trouble brainstorming ideas in quick fashions, so I believe Five Minute Friday is a great way to teach them and to give them practice with free writing.

The purpose of Five Minute Friday is to, ” …just write without worrying if it’s just right…” as Lise-Jo Baker states on her blog.  This could be used as a quick ice breaker or activity every Friday with students.  And/or I challenge you to do Five Minute Friday on your websites to demonstrate to students how to write freely, and so that we (educators) can share stories and ideas with each other in the educational blogosphere community.

Every week Five Minute Friday has a new topic to do free writing on.  The topic for this week is “What mama did”.  I’m going to start my Five Minute Friday free writing below and apply it to “what mama did” to maker her mine for me in my schooling and education.

Here goes….

  • read books to us
  • nurtured us
  • set examples of good study habits
  • promoted college education
  • taught us love for music
  • taught us to care for other students
  • involved in school meetings and promotions
  • helped us with homework
  • gave us incentives for getting A’s
  • was proud of our education accomplishments
  • made sacrifices for our education and future
  • supported our needs and learning goals
  • encouraged us to do our best
  • loved us even when we failed
  • set an example on how to persevere when it gets hard
  • taught us to try no matter what


So…that’s how fast and simple Five Minute Friday is!  Try it!  Get involved!  Promote it on your blogs and with your students!  

It’s an awesome powerful idea to teach free writing and to break language barriers and anxiety.  Join me and let me know you are getting involved.  Check out Lisa’s blog link above for the details.  Happy Friday!  Happy Writing!

Five Minute Friday

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I am an educational professional who is passionate about needs analysis and materials creation to enhance student learning of all ages. I hope the content I share here will be of value to you in some way. Opinions are my own and are not those of my employer. Join me at my session for the 2013 TESOL International Conference, "ESL Instruction: Developing Your Skills to Become a Master Conductor", March 21 10:00 AM in room C144. My presentation focuses on listening, speaking and pronunciation music teaching techniques incorporated with ESL teaching. This is not your typical music/ESL presentation with chants and songs. Be prepared to use your vocal chords, diaphragm, lungs, mouth muscles, and arms like you have never used before in pronunciation, speaking and language instruction. Learn how to use music conducting skills in the language classroom to better facilitate language acquisition. Learn how to use music performance skills (vocal and instrumental) to better facilitate language learning. Be prepared to laugh and have fun. I look forward to meeting you and working with you.


18 thoughts on “Five Minute Friday- What Mamma Did

  1. Stopping in from FmF, just love how you are promoting learning and how you used this as a tool! As a homeschooling Mom, I think I just might give this a try with my daughter. Thanks for the inspiration! Blessings, Danielle

    Posted by Danielle | February 22, 2013, 9:35 am
    • Danielle,
      Thanks! I love the idea and thought it was a great teaching and learning tool. It’s so cool you all have been doing this. It’s a great concept. I’m glad you were inspired to try it with your daughter. I think it’s fabulous for learning. Let me know how that goes. Happy Friday!

      Posted by adaptivelearnin | February 22, 2013, 11:21 am
  2. A charming mom, I like everything he did.

    Posted by Leovi | February 22, 2013, 3:27 am
  3. I love how you made this your own!!! And I can see why you have a heart for education… your mother really worked hard and intentionally about making it important in your home… and fun. Awesome! Blessings to you AND her!

    Posted by Marcy P. | February 22, 2013, 3:26 am
    • Thanks. She is an awesome mom. I love the concept of Five Minute Friday! I can see many educators loving it too and using it. I’m glad I found you all. I really hope me sharing here inspires other educators to do the same, and to do it with their students in their classroom blogs. That would be awesome! Have an fabulous Friday!

      Posted by adaptivelearnin | February 22, 2013, 3:34 am


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