E-flections of an Educator

Weekly Web Wanderings (weekly)

Posted on: June 8, 2013

  • Fascinating!

    tags: writing CCSS tems520 Strategies HS MS

    • Neurologists at the University of Indiana found more advanced neural activity in children when they wrote by hand as opposed to typing. An educational psychologist at the University of Washington found that 2nd, 4th, and 6th graders in a study there “expressed more ideas when writing essays by hand versus using a keyboard to compose.”
      • This is contrary to upcoming online writing assessments.
    • emphasizes the importance of taking one’s time by making a connection between writing and drawing: before her students even start writing, she asks them to take fifteen minutes or so to make a sketch of the scene they want to create. When they are done, she has them list all of the sensory details in the picture.
      • Stragegies we use with developing writers…used by a college professor!
    • you are creating the containers where you will eventually do your thinking.  If you are just thinking, on a screen, where you can write so fast and erase so fast, it’s kind of like Frost’s thing of playing tennis without a net.”
    • “getting your mind on the page, without the interference of the editor, the fake voices, the cleaner-upper, the conformist.”
    • Sellers believes writing by hand can improve literacy by deepening students’ engagement with word and world.
      • This correlates with the “Close & Critical” reading concepts–getting to deeper understanding and “so what” making connections to the greater world
    • They have to do the handwriting thing for thirty minutes a day for thirty days. For many of them, it’s the only time in the day they are alone.  It’s a form of meditation, right? To sit with oneself and discover what’s in there.  Writing by hand, then, is a great way, of creating a conversation with oneself.  That’s vital for the first year writer—maybe the most vital thing.”
      • We have implemented/are implementing “fluency logs” to build writing stamina–but looks like it can have a deeper purpose.
    • “And I’m not sure writing by hand is right for every teacher, every writer, every classroom. I just want to make sure we don’t lose methods that really work.”
      • One size does not fit all–options for students!

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