- We want students to love to write!
- It's in the early years that you can really make a difference.
- Writing (including drawing) helps children to make sense of their world. It helps them to think! It also develops letter recognition, phonics, print awareness, phonological awareness, oral language, and comprehension.
- Children are developmentally ready to begin writing as early as three years old.
- Have a morning message for kids to write, rather than teachers.
- Have books everywhere!
- Provide many varied opportunities for students to engage with writing (surveys, brainstorms, letters, books, etc.).
- What's needed to become a writer: fluent letter recognition, phonological awareness, and oral language.
- Celebrate writing successes! 2 Praises and a Prompt.
- Get children to wonder about things and write about them.
- A writing workshop consists of: mini lessons, writing, writing conferences, and author share.
- It's important to allow children to "incubate their ideas" and talk about them before writing them down.
- When you give students real reasons to write, they will want to write, love to write, and write more.
- Writing helps the children believe in themselves as writers...
- A goal is dream with a deadline.
|Meeting Miriam Trehearne!|
If you don't already have her newest book "Learning to Write and Loving It!" I suggest that you really consider ordering it. The book extended beautifully on her presentation and had many practical ideas that can be implemented immediately!
The next presentation that I had the pleasure of attending was Kathy Cassidy's "Connected from the Start."
Kathy Cassidy is one of the educators that I have been following on Twitter. In fact, I was so impressed by her work and students' digital portfolios that I immediately sent her class blog to my principal.
As it states in her speaker profile, she is a grade one teacher in Moose Jaw, Saskatchewan. Since 2005, Kathy Cassidy has had a classroom blog and blogs for each of her students. Her classroom blog shares classroom happenings with the world through pictures and video. Her students' blogs have developed into online portfolios, showcasing their learning in all subject areas through writing, images, screencasts, podcasts and video. Besides her classroom blog, Kathy writes her professional blog and contributes to the Voices from the Learning Revolution blog. Kathy has won several awards, including the Canadian Innovative Teacher Award from Microsoft, the Canadian Regional Award for Reading and Technology from the IRA and the Kay L. Bitter Award from ISTE (Reading for the love of it programme, speaker profile).
I was so thrilled to see Kathy's name on the "Reading for the love of it" conference programme. Her presentation peeked my interest in technology and how I can better prepare our students for the digital age. One of the highlights for me was when we got the chance to Skype with Karen Lirenman, who I also follow on Twitter. Talk about feeling connected!!!
Here are some of the key ideas:
- We are connecting to people all the time.
- Kathy video tapes challenges (e.g., how fast they can put on their snow clothes) for others in the world to try and respond to her students.
- We can learn in serendipitous ways or planned ways. We can do things that were impossible before.
- Uses Skype to learn from others (e.g., another class, a professional, etc.) and share learning (e.g., read levelled books, reader's theatre, read-aloud, etc.)
- Each student in her class uses an iPad and has their own digital portfolio as a blog. On this blog they record themselves reading, add images of their work, video clips of their learning, etc. Parents and family members can view the blog and leave comments for their child.
- Kathy reads comments with students and blog posts as part of her shared reading program. This is a great example of digital literacy!
- Her new book "Connected from the Start: Global Learning in the Primary Grades" will be available March 2013!
|Meeting Kathy Cassidy|