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Kelsie Fender
Re: True but..
Thu Jun 18, 2015 09:32

I think that there is a time and place for something like a word search or fill-in-the-blank activity. I reviewed the lecture before typing this response, and it states that there are some common practices that just don't TEACH children to write. It also states that if you are in a school system that forces you to use these techniques to teach writing, to do so as minimally as possible and follow it up with meaningful writing instruction. The lecture also says that providing prompts is a helpful strategy that can be used to teach children to unlearn copying (and to write in general), so I agree with you that using prompts can be a useful thing to use in the classroom. We have to be careful, though, to make sure that students are not becoming prompt dependent and can initiate their own thoughts instead of just responding to a prompt. I just feel as though the point is to remember that these word search, fill-in-the-blank, and letter tracing activities are NOT a substitute for actual writing instruction in the classroom. They are fun for students but may not be as useful to them.

  • true but... - Megan Rembert, Thu Jun 18 06:31
    we definitely have to reinvent the wheel of teaching right now with our methods but are the things talked about in the lecture like copying and prompting really frowned upon as additional activities? ... more
    • RE: true but - stacy huffman, Thu Jun 18 22:42
      Megan I think you are correct in that things like hangman and word searches are great backup activities. They are great ways to practice a skill that has already been learned. I think that the main... more
    • Re: True but.. - Kelsie Fender, Thu Jun 18 09:32
      • Re: True but.. - catheyt, Thu Jun 18 14:08
        I agree with you Kelsie. As a teacher you are going to have your kids doing activities that are essentially time fillers (busy work). You just have to be aware of these as you do them. You should not ... more
        • As a child... - Rachel Caldwell, Fri Jun 19 14:49
          When I was in elementary school, I loved doing word searches and I did not mind writing words over and over because they were simple and fun to do in between activities in class. So like you said, I... more
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