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shannonsilver
Grammar Instruction vs. Conferencing with Writers
Mon Oct 26, 2015 21:25
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I was taught grammar in school and never connected it's content to my writing. I never said to myself..."I need an adverb in this sentence or this predicate doesn't sound right" I didn't really connect the two until I had to teach that silly Scott Foresman grammer that was so over my students heads. Even in writing instruction I only taked about grammar when I wrote something in front of the students that was a gramatical mistake. I wanted them to see that these mistakes are easily fixable and shouldn't hinder the writing process. We taught a quasi-version of writer's workshop where we walked the students through the writing process through modeling and conferencing. The conferencing was the part that I liked the best. If students had little errors that needed to be fixed we could talk about them and correct them on the spot instead of them waiting on their peer to find the mistake or waiting on the grammar lessons to sink in. However, when I was young we didn't have conferencing with our teacher. We had peer editing and no one really edited anyone's work because we weren't really taught how to do so. I would have to turn my drafts in and they would come back to me bleeding and sometimes I didn't even know why I was making some of the changes. It was like I was writing for the teacher not myself. I think that this is where the love of writing dies. Sometimes It is about the ideas on the paper instead of how perfectly it is written. There is a sweet spot teachers have to find with every writer that will help them with correcting the writing for readability while not dampening the writer's spirit.

  • Writing in college - haleyferrell, Mon Oct 26 11:25
    Joann, I had the same experience when I was a freshman at a community college. I was never really taught how to write a meaningful story/paper/anything until college. I was never proud of my work... more
    • Writing - abramsjm, Tue Oct 27 12:47
      Haley I feel better knowing others felt like I did. For many students, (and I was one of them), writing and math seemed to define what kind of student you were in the eyes of many teachers. I was... more
      • Sentence Diagrams - Martha Brown, Tue Oct 27 22:36
        I had to do the sentence diagrams in English and it was not my favorite part. We were given sentences and then to diagram, we made a line and put the subject and verb. With lines drawn on the bottom... more
    • Grammar Instruction vs. Conferencing with Writers - shannonsilver, Mon Oct 26 21:26
      I was taught grammar in school and never connected it's content to my writing. I never said to myself..."I need an adverb in this sentence or this predicate doesn't sound right." I didn't really... more
      • Shannon, you made me almost laugh out loud, and want to "amen!" reading your post! I never, ever, connected grammar with my own writing as a student either. Did anyone? Please speak up if you did.... ... more
    • Grammar Instruction vs. Conferencing with Writers - shannonsilver, Mon Oct 26 21:25
      • Re: Grammer Instr. vs. ... - abramsjm, Tue Oct 27 12:58
        When I read your post it made me think back to how I was taught grammar not only in English...but in Spanish classes as well..all rules! I hated it. Years later...I returned to school at the college... more
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