Interactive Writing- A Powerful Strategy: Our first go!

It’s wonderful to see Prep students (first year of formal education in Australia) work cooperatively in groups to produce a piece of writing within the first few weeks of school. They may not know all their sounds, but with an alphabet chart/pictures for reference and whatever prior knowledge they bring, writing skills are quickly developed and extended. This is a powerful teaching strategy.

Each child has their own colored texta and writes their name down the side of the sheet making it easy to see a child’s progress. Generally, I have groups of 4/5 students selected randomly. At the beginning of the year the sentence is provided after class discussion and is related to a shared experience e.g. I am at school. Teaching children to prompt each other without giving the answer is taught during Interactive Writing. By the end of Term 1 the compilation of a writing piece is totally formulated by the group.

I’m Excited!

Our sentence today is: I am going to the fair. These students have been at school for a total of 18 days and look what they can do!

 

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It’s wonderful to see young children confidently being ‘risk takers’ with their learning. Listening to their group discussions was fantastic. Young children are naturally supportive of each other. They are in a win-win situation, nothing to loose but all to gain! …or something like that.

Cheers Nina

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2 responses to “Interactive Writing- A Powerful Strategy: Our first go!

  1. jennylu

    They’re doing so well Nina. Thanks to your inspiring teaching no doubt in combination with thier eagerness to learn. Looks like they are dispalying a growth mindset. I’m currently listening to Carol Dweck’s book ‘Mindset -The new psychology of success’ . Keep them in that mindset Nina!

    • averil2

      Hi Jenny,
      Today we did another interactive writing session and it was great. My students are really into writing, taking risks and supporting each other. Our class motto is ‘give it a go’ and one student suggested our motto could be ‘have a crack at it’! I like both!
      Thanks for the comment and I’d better read the book! Cheers Nina

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