Writers in the Making
This year, throughout the school, teachers have been focused on the concept of mastery: lifting the level of all students–no matter their current level of proficiency–to greater heights. One important area of focus for teachers across the Montessori, PYP, MYP and DP divisions has been literacy, specifically, writing.
We began this year by asking the following question: when a student enters QAIS, what is the promise we make to the student and their parents about the writing education she/he will receive?
The following outlines what we believe about writing instruction, and the writing workshop approach:
- Writing, like reading and math, is a subject that affects a learner’s ability to succeed in other subjects.
- There is a shared commitment to teach writing, with infrastructure and common agreements from toddler right through the DP, so that teachers can stand on the shoulders of prior instruction.
- Writers need explicit, sequential instruction–and time–to study and practice writing.
- Volume matters in writing, but so does evidence of growth.
- Students deserve the opportunity to invest themselves in their writing by choosing to write about subjects that are important to them.
- The writing process is a cycle and students must have opportunity and instruction in all facets: rehearsing, drafting, revising, editing, and publishing.
- Students deserve opportunities to read and hear texts read, and to read as insiders, studying what other authors have done that they too could try.
- Students deserve clear goals and frequent feedback. They need to hear the ways their writing is getting better and to know what their next steps might be.
Stay tuned to view examples of students’ work, and future blog entries.