This is a little controversial but my data collected for the last three years supports the following:
1. There is little correlation between reading and writing when young children are beginning learners. They can’t always read what they have written.
2. When children start to understand the purpose of writing and the purpose of reading, a correlation between reading and writing develops.
3. The correlation is not what I expected: The research is saying that better readers are better writers, however, my student data supports better writers become better readers!
Rowena Wiseman has a student in my class. How lucky am I? Rowena is a published writer and is a shared organizer of our Writer in Residence program, even though this maybe new news for her. I have many ideas for our program this year and one is to really target our aspiring writers in years 5 and 6. Rowena is excited to share that her first Aunty Arty story is finally out in the world.
Jet Black Publishing is a new children’s ebook publisher based in Melbourne. Their mission is to publish inspirational and creative stories for children and young adults and they are donating 20% of the sales to children’s literacy charities, such as the Australian Children’s Literacy & Numeracy Foundation.
Who is Jet Black Publishing?
Jet Black Publishing is developing a range of teacher resources to support the series e.g. write a book review, text structure and Narrative writing plan, colouring sheets and printable classroom posters featuring an inspirational quotes from famous artists.
If you would like to know more, there is a 10-minute YouTube video where Rowena and illustrator Narelda Joy talk about how they created Aunty Arty. Discover where ideas for a book come from and how an illustrator creates rough drawings and turns them into finished artwork by clicking this link. https://www.youtube.com/user/AuntyArty
MP News Jan 2015 (1) This is an article from the Mornington Peninsula News about Rowena.
Book information: Aunty Arty and the Disquieting Muses written by Rowena Wiseman and illustrated by Narelda Joy $11 Available exclusively as an ebook
In 2014, I was given the opportunity to complete a Fellowship project under the guidance of Angela Stockman. I’m currently writing a paper summarizing what I’ve learnt. Initially my project started with a simple question:
What are the key ‘bump up’ indicators which should be on a student continuum?
Sounds simple! Well, that’s an understatement… I decided to start by looking at the continuums we have in place at my school, which are based on Fountas and Pinnell. How could I make these usable for my young writers? Then I started asking my young writers…
Photo: This student was in their second year of schooling in Australia (Year 1). The student is in control of all aspects of their writing from the beginning. I presented the topic for this piece of writing but that’s it. I’m teaching this student again this year and many others, and I’m wondering what their writing will be like at the end of this year.
My project changed many times after exploring current research, speaking to other educators and most importantly my students. How could I nail down a topic or could I? The very action of looking at my student’s writing and speaking to individual students about what helps them to be the best learners and writers has guided my project. My paper will finish with a list of recommendations largely created by six, seven and eight year old students and I’ll share those here.