Writing in Kindergarten. Journal entries versus booklet writing Lynn Hogan Carrie Marshall Norma Lea Murray May 4,2013. Context. Rural/Sub-urban school K-3 Primary School Approximately 600 students. Problem.
Journal entries versus booklet writing
Norma Lea Murray
From our various readings, we found the following common themes:
Data collected since introducing book writing to the kindergarten class
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“While many educational provisions are being approved for children, there appears to be very little evidence, if any, that points to consultation with children. This is particularly noticeable for children below the age of eight years who are affected by curriculum guidelines aimed at the early years. There seems to be a major focus in the curriculum frameworks on what is taught and to be assessed rather than on ensuring learner engagement” (Harcourt & Keen 2012, p. 4).
I learned to not forget the learner when it comes to measuring student engagement
Focusing on one student’s writing made it became clear how the book writing impacted their writing in a positive way.
Even though it was a short period of time, it was a nice snapshot in my student’s year of writing.
I learned that I will start book writing in September because it has a lot to offer every student.
It is important to be consistent in your collection of data in your daily logs and observations.
I learned to be patient to wait for the pattern to emerge from the data.
Collecting data is a positive learning experience which enables both the teacher and the students to scaffold their future learning.
My daily plan has become student directed- not teacher directed.
My opinion can be drastically changed through observations
Always go in with an open mind!
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