Digital Reflection 3 (How will you motivate the learners in your classroom…
Digital Reflection 3
How will you motivate the learners in your classroom to write?
The importance of talk
Peer group writing
Clarify and extend their thoughts as they write
Having students talk with their elbow partner. After listening to each other's story. They will give feedback and suggestions to improve their writings
Teachers help construct the idea before writing
Ask question that enhance thinking. If the topic is about a memorable place. Questions like, "Where do you like to go when you were younger?", "Where do you always spend you days?", "What is the place you think of when you close your eyes now?" will assist students in the thinking process.
Help writing the pieces down. Record and tell them the result later. "Okay, so I think you mentioned a park that you always go with your family. I think this will be an interesting place to talk about."
Help explore more. "What did you do in this park? Did you enjoy being there? And why? Who did you go with? Can you talk about this park a little more?"
Forms of writing
Teach students different voices, styles, genres, formats, and media of writing.
Expose students to different books
Show different genres: letters, memos, poems, reports, editorials, invitations, journal entries, blogs, diaries, essay, plays, film scripts, multimedia stories, textbooks, novels, short stories, lists, recipes, instruction manuals, etc.
Hang posters/ stories on wall
Create activities that help students experience different real-world purpose, situations, and genres. For example, "We are going to report a news about the election today. You will be working as groups and write a script for the event. Afterwards, you will make a video about what you did."
Interesting writing class
Classroom games other than having students sitting and listening to teachers all the time
Relate class content to daily lives
Exploring different social and cultural context
Students are responsible in their own learning, "Do you want to read a book or look at the video first? They both talk about how to build fluency in sentences"
The 5 process of composing
Ask students to give positive feedback and suggestions for improvement other than personal connection to the text
Review the text. See what we can do to improve the writing
Requires time and process to develop a successful piece of writing
Develop writing skills
Do not push the learners to come up with ideas. The thoughts will come eventually when they try to think or talk to a partner
Helping Left- handed wriiter
"Make sure the writer is holding the pencil correctly
Position the paper so that it is tilted downward at the right-hand side
Try to prevent the development of a hooked wrist
Seat the writer so that lights comes over the right shoulder
Provide writers who need it with a lower desk surface to write on a cushion so that they can be higher in their seat
Do not insist on a slant to the right in letter formation"
(Brainbridge, J. 2015).
Make sure there are sufficient space for a left-handed writers to write so that the right-handed writer setting on his/her left will not be affected
Technology in classroom
Typing on keyboards. Teach basic techniques like home row, enter, space bar, tab, backspace, delete, cut, copy, and paste
Learn to use appropriate keyboarding skills for the alphabetic and punctuation keys
Edit text while reviewing
Use appropriate communication technology to elicit feedback from others
Consider that some students may not have computers or technologies at home, it is a better to provide students with laptop or smart book at school
Prepare students into the digital world
Make sure students will not spend too much time looking at the screen. Have students to rest their eyes after 15-30 mins. Take breaks if necessary
Assessment of writing
Work with the students to figure our what is the best for them
How will you grade yourself?
Not only evaluation but knowing what students already know
Allow students to try again after knowing what they can do to improve
Use the teachers guide
Try to avoid criticism. Give marks according to the rubric.
The 6 traits writing rubric
Teachers use the rubric to mark students' writings. Give comments to students at the end of evaluation so that students will know what they can do to improve
Spend extra time with students who struggle
Spend time on teaching the skills. Day 1: Ideas. Day 2: Organization, etc
Provide example of what a good writing is
Bainbridge, J. (2015). Constructing Meaning: Teaching Language and Literacy K-8. Sixth Edition. OH, Unites States of America: Toronto : Nelson Education, , ©2013 (Chapter 1-4)
Providing supportive learning environment for writers
Sufficient time to write
Give students feedback
Direct, intentional instruction
Rich reading and writing materials
Students can look at a anchor chart while they are in doubt of the spelling of a word that learned before.
Students immerse to the writing content
Learn while playing- engagement is key
Teachers have to be passionate about writing
Provide depth of understanding
Strong ability to examine students' works
Always focus on making things right for students instead of letting them down.
Go through the writings with student together and ask what mark should he/ she deserve to get. Discuss the reasons behind and see what can be modified to improve.
Marks don't represent all
Have regular meeting with parents. Encourage parents to read with students at home. It may enhance students' writing skills
Start with a lower level of reading. For instance, a storybook. To newspaper or longer text. Let students know they are capable of reading.
Instead of asking parents to sign on handbook/ notice, ask students to read the text to their parents when they go home. And the students will sign next to their parents' signature to show that they are also acknowledged about the issue. (Practice reading in different contexts)
Allow students to explore the world and come up with their own answers
Focus on thinking
Respect different ideas. Encourage students to raise their hands in a class discussion.
Mini lesson and reader response activity. Allow students to talk and express personal thoughts with their teachers and classmates
How has your thinking about writing changed?
My thinking after class
Writing could be a struggle for some individuals
How can teachers make writing more interesting?
Talking helps in the process of writing
Fundamental of good writers. Students have to know what they mean, how to express. Process is a lot easier when we make explicit idea
There are 5 process of composing
Pre-writing, Drafting, Feedback, Presentation, The Role of Audience
Teachers can use assessments to evaluate students’ writings
Observations, Anecdotal Records, Conferences, Learner Self- Assessment, Writing Portfolios, etc.
May require one-on-one instruction from the teacher
Forms of writing
Narrative, Expressive, Informational or Expository, (Nonfiction), Poetry
Teaching writing using keyboard and technology
Information and communication technology ICT program
The 6 traits writing rubric
Ideas, Organization, Voice, Word Choice, Sentence fluency, Conventions
Students learn to write
Write aloud, Shared Writing, Guided Writing, Independent Writing
My thinking before class
Writing improves from practices
Grammar, spelling, punctuation, capitalization are important elements in writings
Written work. Should be straightforward and accessible
Different forms and rules in writing
Handwriting or typed-work
Use to express you idea or thoughts to others
The result of writing is text
Storytelling, bringing history alive through text
Writing is essential in connecting individuals together
Questions that came up to me
What should I pay attention to when I am teaching writing?
How to empower writers?
How should I teach students writing?
EDEL 305 Language Arts in Elementary School Cheryl Poon 1436549