Supporting Good Writing Instruction. Every child can and should learn to write.
However, the process of learning to write often seems mysterious. Many former students remember with frustration the red marks on their grade-school papers and the expectation that they simply fix whatever was "wrong" and get it "right" the next time. What should parents look for in a good school writing program? The chart below highlights differences that occur when writing is simply assigned and when writing is authentically taught. The difference between "When writing is assigned" & "When writing is taught" Supporting Good Writing Instruction. Happy World Storytelling Day! #happy #story. "Proportional relationship btwn the audience for students’ work & the quality of the work they produce." @ELeducation. Kylene Beers on Twitter: "1,000 kids explain what would help them become better readers:... Redefining the Writing Process with iPads.
Take a moment to think about how you learned to write.
What steps did you go through? What was your process? Most of us learned the same core set of skills on paper: organize, draft, edit, revise, turn in. Our teachers then marked up what we had handwritten or typed, and returned our writing. From there, maybe it ended up tacked to a bulletin board, stuck on the refrigerator door, stuffed into a notebook, or tossed in the nearest trash can. Theconversation. Many lament that the “good old days” when they were taught “the basics” at school have gone.
When launching the National Curriculum in 2010, then-prime minister Kevin Rudd stated his objective was: … without apology, to get back to the absolute basics on spelling, on sounding out letters, on counting, on adding up, on taking away. Why some kids can't spell and why spelling tests won't help - The Conversation - ABC Splash - Misty Adoniou, University of Canberra A couple of years ago, early one morning, I received an SMS advising "resadents to stay indoors because of a nearby insadent".
I was shocked by the spelling, as much as the message. Surely, I thought, if it was a real message then the spelling would be correct. Spelling matters. In a text message from a friend teeing up a night out "c u at 8" is fine - but in an emergency warning text from a government agency, I expect the spelling to be standard. Spelling remains the most relentlessly tested of all the literacy skills, but it is the least taught. Sending a list of words home on Monday to be tested on Friday is not teaching. Looking, covering, writing and checking does not teach spelling. And yet, this is a good summary of most of the current spelling programs in schools today. Janet Neyer sur Twitter : "Always a fan of what @KellyGToGo has to say about why we read! #engchat... The Case for Preserving the Pleasure of Deep Reading by @anniemurphypaul #edchat. Liz Ramos sur Twitter : "Key Qualities of the Traits of Writing via @WritingThief #engchat #engsschat #ccss...
Children don’t read ‘genres’; they read stories.... - School Library Journal. Finland: Typing takes over as handwriting lessons end. Culture - The 11 greatest children’s books. 1.
EB White, Charlotte’s Web (1952) “One day when I was on my way to feed the pig, I began feeling sorry for the pig because, like most pigs, he was doomed to die,” writes White. Charlotte’s Web topped our critics’ poll. “If I were asked to put one book in a space capsule to send to some far-off galaxy to evoke life in all its complexity, I would send White's masterpiece about friendship, loss, resignation and mortality,” notes NPR’s Maureen Corrigan.
“It was the first book in which I encountered mortality, legacy and love that transcended differences,” writes author and critic Rigoberto González. “The complex emotions that emerge from the barnyard in EB White’s masterpiece never cloy, but feel true and important,” writes novelist and critic Meg Wolitzer. Learning Curve 11 - Reading Recovery. PETAA President Robyn Cox and others comment on a critical report of Reading Recovery used in NSW primary schools. Key $55 million-a-year Reading Recovery program to teach struggling NSW students to read does not work, review warns. Reading Recovery program used in 960 NSW public schools does not work. Teaching literacy is more than teaching simple reading skills: it can’t be done in five easy steps. If we truly care about all Australian children and young people becoming literate I believe it is vital we understand and define the complexity of literacy.
The conflation of different terms like reading instruction and literacy is not very useful. While reading is part of literacy, literacy is a much bigger concept which is continually changing due to the ever-increasing forms of literacy that are developing. Educators who specialise in literacy are currently working with the Australian Curriculum definition (Australian Curriculum, Assessment and Reporting Authority) which defines literacy as encompassing: For example, the Australian curriculum’s definition of literacy thus far exceeds the ‘key skills’ addressed in the recently launched FIVE from FIVE project proposed by the Centre for Independent Studies. Field, tenor and mode – a literacy framework for all subjects. Field, tenor and mode – a literacy framework for all subjects. Literacy is a focus for every teacher, regardless of whether we are teaching primary school or high school, regardless of what subject we teach.
Without strong literacy skills, our students cannot access the curriculum. Reading comprehension and writing are essential to succeed to every aspect of education.