Fri Oct 9, 2015 09:55

Writing was my least favorite thing to teach until I had Dr.Frye's class because I had no clue where to begin or what exactly to do. After having that class and reading these articles I have felt much more comfortable with the writing "process" and learned that you must teach is as a process! I personally struggled (and still do) with writing in front of my students, even though my students are lower elementary I still feel vulnerable writing and modeling in front of them because it is an area I feel week in but I am able to see greater impact after modeling!
Incorporating technology into writing seems to be so difficult due to technology not always working in our county and with not having any extra support in teaching actual basic skills for use! However, I know the great importance of technology today and see that overcoming these hurdles is so worth it!! I am at fault for not incorporating technology into my writing. Last year we created a book and each student had a page that we turned into a keynote but I was mostly the facilitator and didn't give the students time to do a lot of creating on their own. In the past we have had students to create a keynote on an animal they were researching and the 5th grade students have helped. This was great because they had a one on one to show them keynote and typing skills.
I am very interested in trying out some of the keyboarding/typing apps and sites! Building those skills will make writing a much easier and less "stressful" process. I agree with you Shannon, that when students do not know typing skills they are unable to produce the sentences that they would normally on paper because it is such a difficult "pecking" task for them.
Shannon, I have really only worked with first graders in writing recently and find editing to be one of the hardest tasks to cover. I have not had an assistant in the past few years and reading students writing and editing daily/weekly. We have students to read their writing to another student to make sure it makes sense and have had other students to read over their writing to see if it makes sense but this isn't very effective. I also agree with the blind leading the blind. We even have to be selective in the students who work together to have a higher reader. Invented spellings and handwriting are barriers that beginning readers have to deal with. We have check sheets for students to look for capitals and periods, no capital letters etc... but expanding on writing isn't usually done. We attempt to being teaching peer editing in first grade but find it very difficult.

  • Writing Instruction in my Opinion - shannonsilver, Tue Oct 6 16:35
    What constitutes best practice? Most importantly, writing has to be meaningful for students or it is not going to be seen as an important skill. If writing can never benefit them in any other way... more
    • Writing - megangouge, Fri Oct 9 09:55
      • Re: Writing - candithompson, Sun Oct 11 16:00
        Yes peer editing is very difficult for first grade!! It is so true that it is the blind leading the blind. First graders struggle trying to figure out where their sentence ends so I don't think it is ... more
    • Re: Writing Instruction in my Opinion - brittanyavery, Wed Oct 7 20:28
      I wholeheartedly agree with this statement that you made: "...writing has to be meaningful for students or it is not going to be seen as an important skill." Even as adults, this concept is true. Who ... more
      • Re: Writing Instruction in my Opinion - Martha Brown, Wed Oct 7 22:42
        "Writing has to be meaningful for students or it is not going to be seen as an important skill." is so important to keep in mind as we are teaching. With the younger children, I think this can be... more
        • Re: Writing Instruction in my Opinion - candithompson, Sun Oct 11 16:07
          I am starting to send journals home every Friday with students. They write letters to their parents about what they have learned or things they have done though the week. I am encouraging parents to... more
          • Great Idea - shannonsilver, Mon Oct 12 21:06
            What a great idea. Not only will they be excited to being written to but also show how writing can be a useful form of communication.
          • Re: Writing Instruction in my Opinion - amanda grindstaff, Mon Oct 12 16:43
            When I taught second grade we sent a bear and journal home with students and they had to write about what the bear did at their house that night. We then shared it with the rest of the class the next ... more
            • Re: Writing Instruction in my Opinion - candithompson, Tue Oct 13 12:23
              What did you do for your hispanics? I have a start of the week that I just started this week and they will take a puppy home for the weekend. I send a journal, but most of the time the parents write... more
              • Re: Writing Instruction in my Opinion - amanda grindstaff, Tue Oct 13 13:11
                I tried to set up a time that they could go work with an older peer to write in the notebook what they did with the bear or I tried to help them that morning. Its hard to know what to do. That... more
            • Re: Writing Instruction in my Opinion - Martha Brown, Tue Oct 13 11:43
              Sending the bear with the journal is a great idea. This offers so many opportunities for the students to be creative and really brings in the motivation piece. Another possibility is to get... more
            • ELLs - shannonsilver, Mon Oct 12 21:03
              I wonder what Beth or Lara could do to help with this because I think it would be a great chance to share their culture with their classmates even if it was in a different language.
          • Journals - megangouge, Sun Oct 11 20:38
            I LOVE this idea! The weeks at school that there is a lot going on (like this past one; fire safety and wooly worm) topics should be easy for them to create. However, I can see that things could get... more
        • Re: Writing Instruction in my Opinion - byrdaw, Sun Oct 11 06:43
          I was inspired after reading your post. I now want to explore ways to develop that "partnership" between the school and home. Your examples of modeling the daily importance of writing created... more
        • Journaling - megangouge, Fri Oct 9 10:31
          I love the idea of sending involving parents in the writing process! Like one of the articles discussed, writing progress is not usually reported to parents. Sending journals back and forth between... more
        • Re:Writing... - joanneabrams, Thu Oct 8 20:22
          Hi Martha, I liked your suggestion about sending journals back and forth from school to home. I may try to do something with journals in this way the first of the year. By then, many of my Kinders... more
        • Writing Enjoyment - Melanie McLeod, Thu Oct 8 06:13
          Hi, Ms. Martha: I agree with your thoughts about writing instruction. After I have completed our graduate studies Writing Course, I have become enlightened to the fact that much of our students'... more
          • Re: Writing Enjoyment - byrdaw, Sun Oct 11 06:55
            I completely agree with your statements on gaining confidence after receiving instruction. I am currently enrolled in writing course and am developing skills in writing instruction. I believe that... more
            • Writing Attitude - Melanie McLeod, Sun Oct 11 15:32
              You are correct, Adele. Our attitudes shape the way our students feel and perform within any subject-area. I am thankful that I now have the confidence and teaching tools to teach writing in an... more
              • Attitude - megangouge, Sun Oct 11 20:41
                I agree 100% Melanie! I think it is ok for students to see that we might not always be comfortable or have strengths in everything but that we can learn skills and ways of accomplishing things!
    • Meaningful writing - haleyferrell, Wed Oct 7 15:31
      I agree with you Shannon that writing needs to be meaningful to the students. Like you, I too had a group of students in first grade that wrote a persuasive paper to the cafeteria. It was during... more
      • Meaningful writing/Best Practices - Martha Brown, Thu Oct 8 23:37
        Thank you for sharing this example. It was great that the students were able to see immediate results of their persuasive writing. This is something that they will remember and provided a valuable... more
      • Persuasive Writing - Melanie McLeod, Thu Oct 8 20:48
        Haley: We worked on a similar persuasive letter to our cafeteria at FTES last school year. Our first graders wanted to persuade all the first grade teachers to let them buy ice cream each Friday... more
        • Persuasive Writing - Martha Brown, Fri Oct 9 22:20
          This was such a great experience for your students. It gives them such a strong foundation to write about other topics. The confidence they gain of being able to express their thoughts and opinions... more
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