Last week Kiri and I met with Aaron Wilson (WFRC) to discuss our planned inquiries. Here are my takeaways from our conversation.
With my focus being student efficacy (in writing), I have realised it is important to plan how I can help raise this, and as such have been looking at where I can notice success throughout my lessons. Aaron suggested in addition I pay attention to how I am phrasing my instructions, an important consideration and something I have been adapting over time.
Below are some of Aaron's suggestions as to how by keeping in mind that scaffolds are bridges not supports, I can help break down the barriers my target group have of not knowing what to write.
- Use vocabulary lists as plan - eg: list all the 'cool' words - must use 5
- Picture dictation, dictated drawing
- Summary of a story
- 10 statements - Draw clouds - 1 minute to draw (only one word allowed to be used)
- Using the pictures to ignite the talk
- Retell using the pictures, this is then in their own words
- Write captions for the pictures
- Multimodal opportunities - Hear - Draw - Speak and Listen - Write
- Change the setting / characters
- Draw stick figures to plan the writing
- S chart to show progression
I am excited to implement some of these ideas as I know my learners respond well to 'fun' writing that has a clear end point. I will be taking Aaron's advice and will use video to map the changes over time.