Slow starters can sometimes feel like a thorn in our side. Ugh, I have to go over there again! I know, it’s tough. It’s hard to get to everyone, keep everyone engaged, and still enjoy the fruits of our labor when we look across the room and see a student who has barely begun. Putting in a little time and then backing off allows for students to practice taking ownership of their on-task behavior. If we are always the reason they get back to work, they will wait for our arrival. Give students tools to help them engage and take back their writing time.