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Nicholas Flippen
RE: Writing Instruction Discussion
Sat Jun 20, 2015 13:33

Hello, Mary! I absolutely agree that students should be allowed the freedom to creatively write without worrying about being punished for poor grammar and spelling. Dr. Gill, one of the reading professors here at App State said in our class, "Students learn to read and write by reading and writing." Boy was he right! What he meant by this was, we have to give our students the opportunity to practice because that is how they will get better! Also, I agree that tracing is pointless. If the student doesn't understand what they're tracing, then you're just giving that student a meaningless fine motor skills task, which could be useful for that area of practice, but not for writing. Great post!

  • Writing Instruction Discussion - Mary Carsley - carsleymm, Sat Jun 20 12:02
    This week was so full of amazing and powerful information! I have seen so many teachers instructing in a way that is counterproductive...I count myself among those who thought they had a handle on... more
    • Response - Writing Instruction - Chelsea King, Sat Jun 20 20:02
      Yes!! I completely agree with you and for SO long I have thought tracing was completely meaningless and I never saw the point of it in a classroom. It's really not teaching the student anything! I... more
    • Reply-Mary Carsley - Rebecca McVey, Sat Jun 20 18:12
      I agree with your statement on tracing. I am glad that this course was able to not only influence your instruction for the better, but also the instruction of those on your team (with the exception... more
    • RE: Writing Instruction Discussion - Nicholas Flippen, Sat Jun 20 13:33
    • re: mary carsley writing instruction discussion - stacy huffman, Sat Jun 20 12:18
      Mary I feel like this week's lecture is a pivotal turning point in the way that I teach! I will no longer have my students trace- ANYTHING! Additionally, I will no longer use any type of writing... more
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