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Teachable Moments
Thu Oct 22, 2015 09:17


I agree with you that teachers need to find teachable moments for grammar instruction. I feel that teachers need to thread it into their daily teaching so that students will naturally correct themselves. Patricia Dunn writes, "These are teachable moments, opportunities to provide just in-time grammar lessons that match what students need it, when they want it." I feel that you can incorporate daily grammar without explicit instruction. This can be done through model writing with the students by continually editing and revising a writing piece. This will help show the students our investment in our own writing. Teachers can also think out loud while modeling to show the students their thought process. I think this in turn can help students learn how to continually make their work better.

  • Grammer - Martha Brown, Wed Oct 21 22:41
    With younger children, I do not teach grammar explicitly however when writing for them or on artwork, it is important to model complete sentences and proper grammar. While reading the articles, I... more
    • Re: Grammer - byrdaw, Sun Nov 1 06:33
      I have also found how children can become engaged in writing. Writing time is essential for my students. I literally watch students become absorbed in what they are writing and mentally travel to... more
    • Teachable Moments - haleyferrell, Thu Oct 22 09:17
      • Re: Teachable Moments - candithompson, Fri Oct 23 13:41
        Haley, I agree with you that so much can be done through modeled writing. I knew modeling was important, but I didn't realize how important and how much we can teach through modeling until last year... more
      • Teachable Moments - Martha Brown, Thu Oct 22 22:41
        Teachers thinking out loud while modeling the thought process for the younger students is very beneficial. This is great for daily grammar without the explicit instruction. I feel this is so helpful... more
        • Re: Teachable moments - abramsjm, Sun Oct 25 15:47
          I agree with your statement about reading to students models correct grammar patterns and speech. I notice the quiet in the room when I read is almost a magical kind of silence, their eyes get as big ... more
          • Read Alouds - shannonsilver, Mon Oct 26 21:36
            I LOVE READ ALOUDS. What a great way to teach reading and writing by using high quality literature to expose children to. they can learn so many writing techniques from other writers. I myself, love... more
            • Re:read alouds - joanneabrams, Tue Oct 27 12:36
              Books on tape...I also love books on tape! I have used many books on tape for my ESL or EC students, and they love them! I had a whole collection that had the book and the cassettes, and my students... more
            • Re:read alouds - joanneabrams, Tue Oct 27 12:34
              Books on tape...I also love books on tape! I have used many books on tape for my ESL or EC students, and they love them! I had a whole collection that had the book and the cassettes, and my students... more
              • Read Alouds - walshjm2, Tue Nov 3 05:25
                In my opinion being read to is one of the greatest ways for any child to become a reader and a writer as well as, when the time comes, a better reader and writer. The use of Mentor Texts and modeling ... more
                • Love of Reading - Melanie McLeod, Wed Nov 4 05:58
                  Jennifer: I agree that using read-clouds to foster literacy development and skills is of vital importance. From students hearing the modeling of fluent reading and discussing plot, they become much... more
          • learning models - koppenhaverd, Mon Oct 26 15:37
            Reading aloud is a powerful way to put conventional grammar and syntax in children's heads and experience. Mentor texts are a systematic way of teaching children writing skills from models. They are... more
            • Re:Read alouds - joanne abrams, Tue Oct 27 12:27
              Thank you for your input about considering more than just books as Mentor Texts. Although, I do use LEA's for writing, and I do write model sentences etc. I really had not ever thought of them in the ... more
        • Re: Teachable Moments - byrdaw, Sat Oct 24 14:37
          I concur with your thoughts on exposing students to various texts. Reading texts aloud is a task that I attempt weekly. I believe it is beneficial for all students to hear texts with rich language.... more
        • Modeling - megangouge, Fri Oct 23 08:43
          I have always known that modeling was a "best practice" and of course, in elementary grades it is done constantly. However, I didn't always model my writing to students until having Dr. Frye's class.
          • Re: Modeling - candithompson, Fri Oct 23 13:44
            I posted about the same thing that you just stated. I feel that I can use modeling much more effectively now than before. I am adding so much more than just a quick journal.
      • Teachable moments - Regina, Thu Oct 22 21:51
        Haley, I agree that the teacher thinking out loud while modeling their own writing can be a great opportunity to incorporate grammar. I model my own writing in my writer's notebook and there are so... more
        • Explicit Modeling - Melanie McLeod, Sat Oct 24 12:39
          Regina: I agree that modeling is the key to successful grammar/writing instruction. While students hear their teacher think about what he/she wants to write, then verbalizing what must be written,... more
      • Grammar - megangouge, Thu Oct 22 10:41
        I have always thought of grammar just as labeling sentences, knowing parts of speech, etc... However, after reading the articles I know that grammar is so much more than that. It is the actual... more
        • Re: Grammar - abramsjm, Sun Oct 25 15:58
          That's so true...there is so much to grammar, that it's easy to get so wrapped up in the actual correctness of it all, that you lose the real point of writing...which is to express yourself.... more
        • Grammer - Martha Brown, Thu Oct 22 23:11
          Megan My prior view of grammar instruction was not what it is now. After reading the articles and really thinking about the research, and looking at the teaching, supporting, and strategies that... more
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