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Talking Writing Drawing Chapter 3

Hey guys, how's it going?

I had so much going on last week, 

and I didn't have a chance to post on chapter 2.

But I'm ready to go with chapter 3!!!

Chapter 3 is all about drawing.

I know, I know exactly what you're thinking!!

This is supposed to be about writing!!!

Remember, the book is titled Talking, Drawing, & Writing.

I think that sometimes we get so focused on the writing part,

that we totally forget about everything else.

A lot of times, especially as children enter Kindergarten, drawing is the only thing

that they can do, the only way that they can express themselves.

I'm reminded of a time that I sat in with the my student's during an extra art class.

Our art teacher, by the way, is totally awesome!!

During that 30 minute period, every child was an artist,

simply because of the way that she teaches.

It's important that my students feel the same way about writing,

that they are all writers.

To begin this way of thinking, it is important that we not only support

our students as writers, but in drawing as well.

I just feel that sometimes writing isn't a priority in Kindergarten,

and we don't have enough time to truly devote to it!

It makes me so upset because I know how important it is,

especially as they go on to 1st and 2nd grades.

What are your thoughts?

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Hi ho, hi ho, it's off to PD I go!!

Hey guys, how's it going?

By the time you read this, I'll already be sitting in my 

first professional development session of the summer!!!

My school district adopted a new reading series for the upcoming year, 

so I am at an all day training for it.

I'm looking forward to learning a lot,

and also I get to goof off with all of my grade-level pals!!!

This is our new reading series.......

For the past 5 years, we have used Scott Foresman Reading Street, so I'm excited to see what Wonders

has to offer! So far, as I've been looking at it, I absolutely love their small group lessons,

there is a lot of material, AND, there is a lot of ideas for differentiation.

Question: For those of you without an adopted reading series, how do you choose what to teach?

For those of you with one, which one do you have, do you like it, 

and how much do you have to tweak/supplement it?

Also, I finally updated my back to school pack, check it out!!

I'll let you know how the PD went.

Talk to you later!!!


Talking Drawing Writing Chapter 1

Hey guys, how's it going?

As I told you earlier, I'm reading a book along with

Jennifer from Teaching with Grace.

Writing is an area that I have always wanted to learn more about,

because I feel that as a teacher, it is my weakest area.

I get better and better each year, but there is still so much to learn!!

As I was reading chapter 1, I was intrigued into how writer's workshop begins.

Talking!!! I know that we talk a lot, for modeling purposes, but it had never dawned on

me that we should have the first several days of writer's workshop like this.

Previous models that I have seen always talk about modeling, and then

getting that paper and pencil into their hands!!

It is important that we begin by sharing with students that they have stories to tell,

and that these stories open up many possibilities for writing!!!

As primary teachers, we know that storytelling is important,

and it is important that we model this for students, by telling them our stories.

So here's what I learned from the 1st chapter in a nutshell:

1.  Begin with oral stories 1st, for the first several days of school.

2.  We as teachers are storytellers also!

3.  Allow all of the children to tell oral stories about themselves, and at the same time,

guiding them and modeling.

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