Write, Write, Write!

Teaching writing to bi-lingual students is exciting. Once we as educators realize that writing is a form of expressive communication and that learning to write is a process, the rest is "easy peasy"! Bi-lingual students and monolingual students all carry ideas in their heads. In kindergarten we teach students that those ideas in their heads are "their stories". Once a teacher shares AND models how to write/draw these ideas, students get excited about sharing theirs. Baby steps, writing is a perfect way to do cross-content writing. Allowing students to use their native language while writing provides them with the opportunity to demonstrate what they know. as well as showing the student that their native language is valued. As we work through our drafts, it is an opportunity to teach syntax, grammar, etc.. Writing is a wonderful way to get to know students.

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