Probably the hardest thing to do during writing time is to carve out some time to be part of the whole process. Once you discover the “secret” to doing this, it’s like MAGIC! Thanks for joining me this week. 🙂
Back when I was little, the teacher taught us a lesson and assigned a piece of writing that we worked on at our desks quietly. When we were done, we brought our writing up to the teacher and she “marked” it. Mostly, we were marked for spelling or punctuation errors. I was afraid to write too much when I was in the younger grades because I would have to correct too many mistakes! Consequently, my writing probably wasn’t nearly as good as it could have been if I wasn’t so concerned about the errors and having to correct them. The funny thing about it, is I was an excellent speller! Back then, when I walked up to the teacher, it was like the end judgement on my work. I am so glad that these days, the teacher is a part of the process to help students grow as they move through the stages of writing.
(Credits: Whimsy Workshop Teaching, Hello Fonts, Sassy Designs)
I love seeing writing as a process. You will know just where your students are at at this time of the year depending on the grade level you are teaching so I hope you can take this mindset that I am going to talk about with you to your classroom and adjust as needed. (We are all so good at that aren’t we?)
I think sometimes we get a little too stuck on processes and routines and we forget that it doesn’t always have to be that way. For example, the Writing Process usually involves prewriting, drafting, revising, editing, evaluating and publishing. But does that mean you must ALWAYS do all of those stages – NO! It’s important to teach students some pre-writing strategies so that they have something to write about (more on that in another post) but I have found that students don’t always need to go through each stage each time they write. In fact, my students do so much better when we take the time to adjust to each individual. Some students are ready to go through most of the stages each time and want to, and others need the most practice at the drafting stage.
If students are clear as to what the lesson is and they have all the tools they need at their disposal (pencils, erasers, sharpeners, dictionaries, privacy folders etc.) then you will be much more able to move around and be a part of their writing process.
Next week: Author Studies
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