I’m planning a Top 10 blog post about my new thinking at the end of each day. We are talking about literacy instruction this week, specifically on guided reading and genre studies in writing. There is also a lot of talk about the Common Core State Standards as well.
Here are my TOP 10 things I am thinking about tonight:
1. This idea comes from Carl Anderson’s work in Assessing Writers. Let’s stop calling the time before a rough draft ‘prewriting.’ Our students are in fact writing. Let’s call it ‘rehearsing’ instead.
2. What do we, as teachers, understand about writing? And what do we teach our students about writing?
3. What does an effective writing process look like?
4. Let’s take some time to watch students writing and assess what they do. Are they rereading their work? Do they spend some time rehearsing or do they jump right into a rough draft? How is their writing stamina? These are just a few of the questions we can answer about our students as writers when we observe the process.
5. The most important thing we can teach our young learners is to see themselves as writers…real writers who have something important to say that matters to this world!
6. As teachers, we need to accept that writing can get messy. We have to be okay with lots of marks, fixes, corrections, do-overs.
7. Just like students learn math differently, they all have their own approach to the writing process. We need to teach different ways writers write and give students the options to try what works for them as writers.
8. To have an effective writing process, kids need flexibility. They need to be able to try new approaches to their writing.
9. Our young writers MUST have a strong sense of audience and purpose so that they can see their writing as not just another assignment, but rather as something of great value not only for themselves but for their future audience.
10. Teachers NEED to be writers in order to teach writing!
That’s my TOP 10 for today…let me know your thoughts. Hopefully there is at least one idea in here for you to think about. Happy Monday!