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Witnessing writing (286 out of 365) #blogaday

“As a toddler exploring the world, we are experiencing stories all around us. We grow, we speak and begin communicating our messages more clearly. Our writing begins with these ideas, content and story. It doesn’t begin with a pencil in our hand but instead much earlier. We begin paving the way of a writer when our eyes open up for the first time and we breathe in this life, our stage, our theater to write our dramatic beginnings. We begin our story.”

I enjoyed this quote from (twowritingteachers) because it helped explain the writing process for young children! Many people believe that only older students can begin writing and creating stories; however, like this quote states, children are creating stories constantly while playing. I remember that I used to come up with the most detailed concepts with my dolls and describe them to friends – I started writing down my ideas into scripts and stories when I was older, but the idea of a story was there much earlier.

This one is for yesterday because it was a very fast-paced evening after work with dinner and a movie.

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Socializing with school buds (167 out of 365) #blogaday

Tonight made me realize the importance of having a support group of friends! It was very fun to gossip and laugh about our teaching experiences 🙂 In one of our classes, the professor discussed the importance of sharing stories – I definitely agree after tonight. Other people, not in teaching, try to understand what we are going through but don’t really relate. Since this is our last term in the graduate school program, I want to make sure we all see each other as much as possible!

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Student scripture (142 out of 365) #blogaday

I thought this post was interesting because it showed me more about the writing process with children. I have seen some worksheets on the stages of writing, but it is important to actually read some works and interpret them. I could get most of the words out of the pages – but some were not in the correct order (due to the placement on the sheet). I love how creative children can be in their writing, and how open they are with abrupt endings! It really makes me want to use some of Lucy Calkins’ writer’s workshop materials to encourage a more engaging style of writing throughout the school years.

https://twowritingteachers.wordpress.com/2015/05/28/what-do-you-see/

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Students share some stories (129 out of 365) #blogaday

You never know the things that will stick with students. This seems like a very good idea to get them remembering and bonding. I did a “goodbye” book when I left last term from the fifth grade class, in which the students wrote memories about me teaching. I had a similar surprise with the responses – the children didn’t write what I expected them to remember but I still made an impact and that’s what matters!

Teaching the Teacher

This week the children in my class wrote a quick paragraph for their yearbook. Aside from setting up some scaffolds with the class some sentence starters and helping with spelling and punctuation I left the children to it.

As I read over what the children’s highlights strong patterns emerged. What the kids said they’d remember from their time in my class was:

  • The friendships they developed.
  • The class photography trip into Singapore.
  • Using technology in class.
  • Developing independence in their learning.
  • Having a strong relationship with me.

What’s not on this list?

The writing techniques we learned and, to my dismay, the books that we read together. The maths the kids learned or the concepts we explored in class. The crazy cardboard creativity day or the class party we had last year.

In the end, you can have a solid curriculum, plan the most amazing lessons, have the clearest learning intentions but if relationships aren’t there…

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