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When is writing effective?

In my classroom writing is an area that I have struggled in the past to teach. It is an area that I want to focus on for the rest of this year to improve my practice. Last year I attended a First Steps writing course and there is a lot of amazing information from this that our school is developing as a model.
The children in my class find writing hard but really do enjoy sharing their work with others. One thing that First steps taught me was that writing must have a purpose and you always need an audience. One way that I have found to guide this particular group of children who generally struggle with writing is through using an online space where a lot of our writing takes place.
The children are proud of their individual pages and love receiving and giving feedback to their peers to improve the quality of their writing. I am loving the idea of developing this more in my classroom as it is obvious that the children love to share their writing online.
One thing that I have always struggled with is finding the time to give precise and accurate written feedback to the student’s. I find that I often give ALOT of verbal feedback and I need to find a way of managing my time better to ensure the children in my class are getting quality feedback to aid in their developmental learning progressions. How do you manage this and what would your advice be to help me manage this better?
Looking forward to hearing your feedback soon 🙂

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Craig Kemp

Craig Kemp

I am a passionate Head of Educational Technology at a large International School in Singapore. I am a lifelong learner, dream creator and thought leader. I love to inspire others and find inspiration. Co-founder of #whatisschool, #asiaED edchats and #pubPD.

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  • we use google docs for a lot of the writing process outside our books and the kids can see the feedback as we talk so we can add it together. They also see the editing process easily. The Jenny Eather website writingfun.com is the best site I have ever found as it has exemplars and also decomposes the text features. It allows the kids or you to co-construct the s.c and the s.c is highlighted when you hover the mouse. Give it a go!

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