Tuesday, November 20, 2007

Brooklyn Writers

The grade 3 students in division 6 are experiencing the Reading/Writing connection. Click the link to see a slide show that explains more. Be sure to have your sound on and to move the mouse over each picture so the message comes up. Enjoy!
Brooklyn Writers
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Thursday, May 24, 2007

May Writing Fair

Teaching writing this year has been an enjoyable task. Our Writing Fair, held each May, highlights students' writing, giving students, parents and teachers a chance to celebrate students' hard work. Some professional resources that have supported my instruction this year are 6 +1 Traits of Writing:The Complete Guide for Primary Grades; Theory and Practice (Ruth Culham, Scholastic: 2003), Writing Anchors (Jan Wells and Janine Reid, Pembroke: 2005), and Creating Young Writers (Vicki Spandel, Allyn & Bacon: 2003). Our district's mentorship program provided the opportunity for teachers to explore resources and exchange teaching strategies focused on writing. In addition, the resource, Writing Anchors, was provided by the district for professional development within a bookclub.

Sunday, May 6, 2007

Writing Anchors

A group of elementary school teachers from a variety of schools throughout the Comox Valley School district, have formed a book club to discuss WRITING ANCHORS, by JAN WELLS/JANINE REID, Pembroke Publishers Limited, 2004.
Our district hosted the authors at two different workshops. Each book club member attended one of the workshops and has been implementing the strategies within her classroom.
Stay tuned for our collaborative report on the impact WRITING ANCHORS has had on our Balanced Literacy program.

Saturday, May 5, 2007


Our District Primary Literacy Network used the book, Reading/Writing Connections in the K-2 Classroom FIND THE CLARITY AND THEN BLUR THE LINES by Leah Mermelstein ,Pearson Education, Inc. 2006

to initiate discussions about developing literacy skills in our primary students.

My mentor/learning partner and I found this book very useful . Leah Mermelstein articulates what we had been feeling for years - The acts of reading and writing are interdependent. Their relationship must be acknowledged and used to effectively teach how to read and write.

To celebrate the work of our students, we produced this Smilebox clip. We hope you enjoy it and find it informative.

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