Motivating Students to Write: The Sky is the Limit Carolyn L. Cook Ph. D. Selene Rayho , Ellen Rocha, Elizabeth Smith Mount St. Mary’s University [email protected] SoMIRAC Hunt Valley, MD April 1, 2011. Overview of the Workshop. Motivation Creating a Learning Community
Creating a Learning Community
Activities and Practice
(Williams, Hendrick, & Tuschinski, 2008)
A classroom environment where knowledge is constructed collaboratively among novice and expert learners (Wells & Wells-Chang, 1992)
Interactive dialogue among students and with the teacher
Valuing and caring for others
Social interaction (Vygotsky, 1978)
Scaffolding by teacher (Bruner, 1990)
Collaborative activity (Wells & Wells-Chang, 1992)
Use of Zone of Proximal Development (Vygotsky, 1978)
Driving to the beach with the windows
Collecting sea shells with my sisters
Walking 10 blocks to get ice cream every
Hiding our lunch from the sea gulls
Lightning share various emotions
Trace your hand
Remember all your park experiences
Write an emotion on each finger
Off each finger write a phrase or word referring to a time when you felt that way
Now you have many story ideas from which to write
What would Victoria hear?
What would Victoria see?
What would Victoria smell?
What would Victoria
What would Victoria touch?
A modified lesson
In the park I see _________.
In the park I feel _________.
“We don’t accomplish anything in this world alone…and whatever happens is the results of the whole tapestry of one’s life and all the weavings of individual threads from one to another that create something” (Former Justice Sandra Day O’Connor, 2007)
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Wells, G. & Chang-Wells, G. (1992). Constructing knowledge together: Classrooms as centers of inquiry and literacy. Portsmouth, NH: Heinemann.