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haleyferrell
Writing experiences in elementary
Sun Oct 25, 2015 08:13
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Adele,

Like you I know the demands that are placed on our table and being an exceptional children's teacher we have a big gap to close yet we only have 30 minutes a day with out students! I admire you in trying to fit in writing because I have yet to to that with my upper elementary students. I feel that my main focus is working on their "biggest deficit" and plugging in additional support whenever I can. I will say that having Dr. Frye's class last year made me put writing in the forefront of my lessons. I worked with 1 kindergarten student four days a week and we started every lesson with writing. Most days it took up all of his reading session and at the time I was a little reluctant because I didn't him to lose any progress we were making with his reading skills. By the end of the year he was reading proficiently and was on grade level. His writing went from being just being consonants to CVC words and basic sight words. This was the validation that I needed and I was thrilled with the outcome.
Luckily, FTE has many teachers (K-1) going through the graduate program and because of Dr. Frye's class they have implemented what they were taught last year. The beginnings of writing for students at this age start with drawing "true story narratives with lots of detail. Students then move to drawing pictures and adding a sentence to their story. This can be invented spelling. As the year progresses that learn more and more through teacher modeling. We also had language experience stories and for me this was the most beneficial. Here, the student and I got to converse about experiences we have had and what we liked and what we did not like. This really helped him because he has speech delays having the ability to express himself and focus his attention to what he was saying and being able to say it correctly. We also worked with informational text and that was a lot of fun as well. Seeing the benefits of writing and the outcome of last year has made me rethink my teaching especially with younger students.

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    • Writing experiences in elementary - haleyferrell, Sun Oct 25 08:13
      • Experiences - megangouge, Mon Nov 2 12:45
        Haley, I feel like my situation is similar as yours with only having students for 45 minutes and having to cover reading, writing and other language arts skills/standards; this is a constant struggle ... more
      • Writing experiences in elementary - Martha Brown, Mon Oct 26 23:38
        This all has made me so much more aware of how important it is for the younger child when we label their drawings and write the story they tell about the drawing. Through the teacher modeling, the... more
      • Experiences - Anonymous, Mon Oct 26 11:01
        Haley, I feel like my situation is similar as yours with only having students for 45 minutes and having to cover reading, writing and other language arts skills/standards; this is a constant struggle ... more
      • Re: Writing experiences in elementary - byrdaw, Sun Oct 25 13:16
        I believe that you are blessed to have so many teacher working toward their degrees. I believe our students are the greatest beneficiaries of the work that we complete in our college classes. I love... more
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