Do you ever read a piece of your child’s writing and think, “What in the world are they even trying to say?”
You are not alone! Writing is an important component of learning and is an imperative skill for a child’s success not just in school but in life. It can be a very difficult thing for some students to grasp. Children can be verbally articulate and struggle with writing. We teach students strategies to articulate their thoughts in a clear, concise way.
For many students, they are overwhelmed and feel defeated by writing before they even get their first word down on paper. As with everything we do at JAM Teaching, we start our work meeting the student where they are at. We build up students' skills and confidence to take the fear out of writing and help students realize that writing can be a beautiful form of expression at any age!
Writing looks very different as a child grows and develops. Here are some concepts and skills we focus on with our writers:
- Develop handwriting skills, spelling and typing.
- Focus on sentence building and grammatical components of sentence structure.
- Support with editing skills on writing pieces. Good writers are constantly revising and editing, and even when a writer publishes something, there is continued room for improvement. We work with students to understand and embrace this philosophy.
- Work with students to help organize and make sense of their thoughts. This might include building background knowledge and/or using an organizational tool to help get research or thoughts in an appropriate flow.
- Utilize models of writing to analyze and guide students' writing. In writing especially, it is important to see strong examples of what writing looks like.
- Provide support for students on specific writing pieces, revising and offering feedback in order to help enhance and grow content specific writing.