Sunday, October 28, 2012
Teaching Prompt Continuum
There are three general groups of beginning writers. Students who draw tornadoes or some resemblance of a gray blob on the paper. Students who draw a picture that is recognizable to some degree and begin writing letters correct or incorrect. Students who are just beginning but have already made many letter and sound connections. All of these students need to learn the craft of writing to expand and create their stories. This is why starting with talking and drawing is such an important step, one that should not be shortened even for those who are itching to write "I like my mom" with perfect letter formation (process and perfection rarely go together). But, when students do begin breaking into that stage of writing a letter down they need guidance. I am linking a document that has helped me keep on track with this middle process and helps me see students move to the place where all the pieces come together. Because lets face it, this middle stage is a LONG one and we can all lose our way at times. Staying focused and on track keeps me and my students moving along!
Teaching Prompt Continuum--Writing Words
You will notice that the scripts and teaching prompts are brief and should only take a few minutes. I am a big advocate of working quickly and efficiently with students. Sitting with a small group or a single student for more than five minutes usually means the teacher is needed too much. The student is likely not ready for the skill if your presence is that necessary. Think about what the student is really ready for and teach that one little piece. You will see independence blossom if you believe in their abilities.