UDNERSTANDING: This RR article helped me to understand the elements that are included in the writing process. This also clearly outlines barriers to writing for students, which helped me to understand how to help students overcome them.
Understanding: This RR article by Roth & Dabrowski explains how interactive writing in the primary grades is an effective tool for developing writers. This evidence-based approach is understood to support students in the writing process through explicit instruction. Students are supported and full participate in the process. The collaborative element of this activity is especially appealing.
A word wall is a collection of words which are displayed in large visible letters on a wall, bulletin board, or other display surface in a classroom. The word wall is designed to be an interactive tool for students and contains an array of words that can be used during writing and reading.
Why Can’t He Follow Directions? This article offers details of a test for Auditory Processing Dysfunction. The web www.littlegiantsteps.com is a blog on Neurodevelopment innovations in Education. Includes details on Autism, ADHD, and other lesser known co-morbidity learning difficulties
Summarizing teaches students how to discern the most important ideas in a text, how to ignore irrelevant information, and how to integrate the central ideas in a meaningful way. Teaching students to summarize improves their memory for what is read. Summarization strategies can be used in almost every content area.
Research on the writing process suggests that writers learn the most about writing when they share and reflect on their writing. In classrooms, this is most commonly done through writing conferences as part of the revision stage. Whether they occur with pairs, with small groups, or with the teacher, the social benefits of sharing writing improves writing.