What works in maths so far??
- Firm foundation of basic facts
- Talking about their learning
- Identifying own goals - choice
- Using scaffolds
- More time, more often
- Self and peer assessment (student voice)
What works for writing?
- Writing and reading links - reading examples of what we are writing
We need to look at
- LLPs - build our own content knowledge
Moving forward for writing
- set that firm foundation - do we as teachers know the LLPs (where students ARE working, as well as where they SHOULD be working).
- Get the ELIP (English Language Intensive Programme) - online link
- Use SLLPs for ideas for planning units
- Use a variety of planning templates, be consistent with using them. Give them a plan and make them write a story, and the opposite.
- Gradual release of control model - not just me show and you do. What about the middle bit?
- Do we explicitly talk about the purpose of writing and who it is for (audience)?
- Ask students - what do you like about writing? What do you find tricky?
- Word detectives - investigations - root words, suffixes, prefixes, multiples, meanings, tenses, what kind of word is it, connections to phrases. E.g. centipede - pede means feet, thats where pedal comes from, centi means 100 thats where percent comes from.
- Use visual clues for writing 'check lists' - do I have full stops? How many ands do I have? Do I have each of the simple, compound and complex sentences?
- Are we utilising learning intentions and success criteria?
- Do we have 'what good writers' do? displayed in the classroom - take picture of the class and write 'we are all good writers, we...' with stuff around it.
- Do we have the writing process displayed? Is there consistency throughout the school about the terminology?