Issues in Literacy Interview Question



in language arts we tend to focus more on the process of learning to write which is the goal of helping students to write formally we teach students to write for different purposes and audiences using a variety of written forms and proper language conventions however I want to focus on the process of writing to learn rather than learning to write when integrating literacy across the curriculum because I believe that this strategy is a powerful writing tool to encourage students to reflect on their thinking and build critical literacy skills essentially writing to learn activities consist of short frequent bursts of writing that are woven into lessons to encourage students to explore their own thinking during their learning process my goal for integrating literacy across the curriculum is to promote informal exploratory writing to discover develop and clarify students thinking I personally I personally like the writing to learn strategies because it can be used to one assess students prior knowledge about a specific topic to to check in on students understanding of the lesson content and three to assess what students have learned and where they're having difficulties by asking students to write their thinking in an informal way I am making students thinking visible by focusing on the quality of thinking in their writing rather than the mechanism and conventions of formal writing that we see in learning to write process therefore I am not necessarily grading or assessing students writing to learn exercises but more for gathering information on the effectiveness of my instruction and to adjust my future lessons and activities to adjust student needs a bill build on their strengths specifically in my classroom I want to use the writing to learn strategies before during and after my lessons since thinking is an ongoing process throughout students learning experiences for example at the beginning of the lesson whether it being science or social studies or in any other subjects I can have students write an admit slip which is similar to an exit slip but it occurs at the beginning of the lesson rather than at the end to encourage students to write and reflect on what they learned in the previous lesson or to gauge what they already know and any misconceptions that they may have during the lesson I can introduce learning logs too to encourage students to informally write about what they're learning thinking or feeling about the lesson and encourage them to make connections and insights with the lesson finally after the lesson I can have students compose an email either on paper or using technology to tell me what they learn that they feel it's especially important interesting or surprisingly and also to tell me what they're unclear about by having this open communication that are informal between the student and the teacher allows me to adjust my future lessons to clear up any confusions that they may have the writing to learn strategy allows students to transform their knowledge through active problem-solving and reflection which is essential for critical literacy and I also think that it also helps develop stronger communication skills along with literacy development the writing to learn strategies are beneficial for many students especially those who struggle with writing because informal writing does not abide by the rules of formal writing nor does it have to be submitted to to be evaluated these short daily writing tasks such as to writing to learn activities have the potential to eliminate anxiety that comes with writing and also increase students confidence in literacy through writing to learn activities students will improve their writing fluency by writing everyday across the curriculum

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