Tuesday, November 1, 2016

Term 4 Inquiry Meeting

One thing that I learned is how to effectively teach punctuation in students writing.  I did this by getting the students to read their story out loud and use extra expression during the speech marks in the text, for most of them this worked and they did really well.  By doing this the kids understood more about the reader who would be reading their pieces of writing that they publish on their blogs.  Being able to get them to be the reader rather than the writer got them to understand they were putting speech marks in the wrong places.  Learning this was awesome for my own practise.

One thing I'm struggling with is how to teach students to use full stops correctly.  I asked my inquiry group and they gave me several ideas, including reading their writing out loud so they can hear when the sentence finishes.  I don't have any specific time for the students to stop and edit their writing, so in my teaching time I will have some specific time at the end of the lesson to focus on editing their writing, or a peers' writing.

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