#elemchat - December 17, 2011

Strategies & approaches for helping students become better writers - RESOURCES

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Questions for directing discussion

  • More than just paper, pencil, & words on a page... what constitutes "writing"?
  • What is the value of writing?
  • What evidence is there that writing needs improvement?
  • What strategies do you use to improve writing abilities?
  • Do teachers need to write themselves in order to teach writing?
  • What conditions are needed for writers to grow? (time, choice, writing must be personal, purpose, social component of writing...)
  • Is it possible to “teach” or foster a lifelong love of writing?

  • How to structure the ideal conference in terms of time, roles (of writer, audience) etc...
  • How do you teach students to give each other constructive feedback for growth in writing? (How do you help students become good at conferring)

  • How do we help students “dig up” the stories that live inside them? (Very similar to Q5)
  • What approaches are effective for teaching writing, at what levels? (Writer’s workshop, guided writing, etc.)
  • What are the essential components of a Writer’s Workshop?
  • Do you use Writer’s Notebook in your class? Please describe/explain
  • Is Writer’s Notebook appropriate for upper grades (where more structured writing is required)?
  • Is a formulaic approach to writing appropriate for certain types of learners? (eg. Step Up to Writing - Green-Yellow-Red)
  • What are effective strategies to teach the art of revision?
  • Do partner/group collaborations work?

Catering to diverse student needs
  • What tech tools are available to help students who struggle in various areas of writing? (content, organization, language & mechanics)
  • How do you motivate reluctant writers?

Writing for an audience
  • How do you ensure students have opportunities for purposeful writing for an authentic audience?
  • Should writing for a public audience (eg. blogging) be process- or product oriented? Ok to publish work that still needs revision?

Writing across the curriculum
  • How much “place” should writing take up in the content areas?
  • What are specific strategies to teach writing in the content areas?

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