Writing is no easy task

Bilingual Students’ Writing

Welcome back to my blog! Today we are going to be discussing writing. I don’t know about you but writing is the subject that intimidates me the most. Unfortunately, it’s one of those subjects where training opportunities are lacking.

We are going to talk about a couple ways you can support your students writing.

· Lets talk mentor texts! What is a mentor text? In short words, it is a writing example

of what you expect your students to produce. As a college student myself, I find myself completely lost when first looking at an assignment. I always wonder if I am doing it correctly or if I’m on the right track. I cannot tell you how relieved when my professors provide an exemplar because it gives me an idea of what my work should look like. Mentor texts should illustrate a specific skill you want the students to work on. For example, if you want to demonstrate dialogue, you will want to include characters talking. Something to also note is that there are ways to discuss the mentor text with your students without just giving them the answer.

o Show your students the mentor text and ask them, what the writer do? They can do this individually or turn and talk to a partner. You can then bring the class together and have students share what they noticed and then further explain the assignment.

· As a teacher, you should be providing a rubric with all your writing assignments. Now why is this important? A rubric gives the students an understanding on what and how they will be evaluated. The students will also be aware on how there grade will be calculated. A writing assignment usually consists on many components such as organization, grammar, structure, details, and more. Rubrics are also beneficial for teachers when it comes to grading papers. Instead of looking at a paper and slapping an A on it just because it is aesthetically pleasing and its organized neatly, did they really do what was asked of this. It gives teachers an opportunity to grade them fairly and accurately. Another thing I would like to add about rubrics is that they must be age appropriate. A kindergartener is going to be overwhelmed and not going to be able to comprehend a rubric set up for high schoolers. Add some smiley faces for those young kiddos learning to read!

· Personally, I believe the most beneficial thing a teacher can do to support a students’ writing is giving them feedback!! Let’s say it louder, FEEDBACK! But why? The paper is all done and complete, it’s too late now to go back and make changes, right? WRONG. Students need feedback to know what areas they can grow in. Give your students opportunities to turn in rough drafts, provide them feedback, and have them go back and correct their work. This will only make them stronger writers. This is also a perfect way for teachers to evaluate a students skills and set up appropriate interventions.

Teaching writing is no easy task! Give your students the tools above and do your best!!

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