Sunday, January 13, 2013
My head is wrapping itself more and more around how exactly to teach the kids writing skills. I peaked at my last post months ago and saw immediately that I failed in proofreading and I am sure there are more mistakes if I looked hard enough. So now my goal is to have the kids write a response to a question every day, when we can pull this off, and for me to write with them. It worked beautifully last week and they are eager to write. They also looked astonished at my responses. A musician learns much from example as do artists and of course mathematicians. Even my own lame attempts will give us all something to share together. The anticipation on their faces of reading and hearing each others writing was sweet. If I had my way I would work with the kids like this all day. I wouldn't go to appointments or worry about what was for dinner. It is awesome to connect with their thinking and think together. The older students writing requires stating clear reasons and backing up of their thinking in their writing and not making assumptions. The process is harder. I hope that we can spend this spring hammering away at this. Sigh.