One of the topics I’ll be presenting in Vegas in July is all about writing. As I’m going through my presentation I thought it would be the perfect time to talk a little bit about it here and show y’all what I do and what I feel helps to make writing in my classroom so successful.
First up, let’s talk about some writing non-negotiables.
If we expect our kids to become fluent writers capable of producing more than just a sentence here and there, we have to give them TIME to write. Not just 5 minutes here and there, but time for sustained writing. Not only do we need to give them the time to write, but we need to give them the freedom to write about what interests them. I personally feel like writing opportunities should present themselves throughout the day….during guided reading, in literacy AND math stations, in response to science/social studies topics and concepts…the list goes on. I want my kids to value writing and see its importance and the only way I can foster that is by giving them opportunities to write.
Take this writing for example. By the end of the year, he was writing for sustained periods of time and producing longer pieces because he was given the time to do so. Pretty darn good, don’t you think…especially for a Kindergartner!!
One area that I’ve always struggled with is my writing center. I’m always trying to find writing activities that will excite and engage ALL of my learners. Oftentimes I miss the mark.
I want them to LOVE to write. I want them to CHOOSE to write when they have free time. This is not always the case for every child, but I’m DETERMINED that it will be!!!
This past year I came up with a way to get them excited about writing and the autonomy to choose what to write and it was a HIT!