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Rebecca McVey
Reply-Mary Carsley
Sat Jun 20, 2015 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 of one, you can't win them all).

So many times I have seen teachers give students worksheets on tracing, only for the student to huff and puff and go as quickly as they can. This completely eliminates the possibility for meaningful learning. They are simply going through the motions. My question is; if we eliminate tracing, what are meaningful strategies for letter formation for students under then age of 5?

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    • 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
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    • 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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